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Thanks for joining us for YWomen 2019!

A woman alone has power, women together have impact. And the collective power of women has never been more evident than since the suffragette movement gave women the right to vote almost 100 years ago. That’s what YWomen is all about

Nearly  400 guests joined us on Saturday, November 9 for our 12th annual YWomen Celebration, and we learned about the inspirational stories of three local women whose courageous leadership has changed their communities. We couldn’t have been more thrilled to honor them!

View the film:

2019 film about our YWomen Honorees: Alpana Singh, Cindy Hartwig, and Sekile M. Nzinga

We are grateful for the generosity of our sponsors:

Presenting sponsor:

Thermoflex Corp.

Supporting sponsors:

Wintrust Bank
Better Media Group
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Hagerty Consulting
Oakton Community College
Infrastructure Engineering
Northwestern University
Wesley Realty Group

About YWomen

Since YWomen’s small but mighty beginnings in 2008, we have had a BIG dream, and that was to bring our communities together to recognize the power of women to change the world.

Over the years, we have celebrated 24 remarkable women and seven powerful organizations for their work in the areas of women’s empowerment, racial justice and social change. And each year, we have been moved by the spirit of activism that is embodied in the women we have honored. And the past year has reinforced the need for all of us to act to protect what we believe in and to fight for what is just.

Human needs are universal. We all want to be treated fairly, to have opportunities to advance, to feel safe in our home and our communities, to build secure and productive lives for our families. It’s what guides us every day in our work at YWCA.

Thanks to your commitment to this work, we raised over $300,000 at our YWomen celebration to support YWCA programs! With this support, we will also increase our advocacy efforts and speak up and out on issues that we care about deeply: health and safety for women and girls; civil rights and racial justice; and women’s economic advancement.

At the tenth anniversary of YWomen in 2017, we premiered a beautiful film by filmmaker Susan Hope Engel to recognize the 70th anniversary of the founding of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Watch the film and learn more about our work here.

Your Mission is Our Mission

View the film about our 2018 YWomen Honorees

Interested in viewing a film from a previous year?

Check our our Vimeo site at vimeo.com/ywcaevanston