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April 11th, 2012

YWCA working to achieve racial and gender equality

Though the months in which we officially celebrate Black history and women’s history have now come to a close, it is a great time to reflect on the work the YWCA Orange County has done and will continue to do all throughout the year.

As an agency committed to eliminating racism and empowering women, the YWCA runs programs throughout the year which create opportunities for members of our community to discuss racism and begin to deconstruct the barriers racism creates. Our social justice film series and work with local school districts are just the beginning of our efforts to address systemic racism that still exists.

The YWCA Orange County has been working to empower women by helping women gain access to higher wage jobs and increase their income. We also have workshops for young women to advance in their careers. Additionally, we have been advocating for legislation which reduces occupational segregation and provides needed workplace supports for women.

There is still much work to do! Women still earn only .77 cents for every dollar a man earns and in NYS over 50% of human rights complaints are based on race/national origin. Cultural and gender inequity still exist and only with help from people like you can we continue our work to reduce these inequities.

As Black History and Women’s History Month come to a close, please consider becoming a member of the YWCA Orange County. As a member you will receive information about our programs and events, and will be supporting our year round work of eliminating racism and empowering women.

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