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Policy Platform

YWCA Evanston/North Shore (YWCA-ENS) is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. As one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years – from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. As we work to protect the gains made by women and people of color, and continue to advocate for legislation that promotes women’s empowerment and racial justice, we carry on this long tradition of social action and advocacy. To advance our critical mission through thoughtful public policy initiatives, we acknowledge the existence of systemic socio-economic, gender, and racially discriminatory barriers and prioritize the following concerns: