While it is important to celebrate women all year long, Women’s History Month is the opportunity to educate people about the powerful impacts women have made, throughout the years, on our culture and society. From science to politics, it’s a chance to reflect on the trailblazing women who lead the way for change. We often highlight important historical figures like Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, and Maya Angelou. But this month, we want to shine a light on the women making a powerful impact by volunteering their time with our Girls’ Empowerment Programs to inspire and uplift the next generation of women through STEAM and Violence Prevention Education.
Our volunteers provide a supportive environment for young women in our programs to learn and flourish. At YWCA Glendale and Pasadena, we want girls to grow up believing in their own abilities, asking tough questions, and being equipped to recognize the signs of unhealthy relationships and take action. Throughout the month, we will highlight on social media how these women continue empowering the women of today and tomorrow. Please follow along on social media and engage with us as we celebrate these women each week.
While we celebrate, I also look at this month as an opportunity to acknowledge women’s struggles. At YWCA, we envision a world where everyone is entitled to human rights. These include the right to live free from violence and discrimination; to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; to be educated; to vote; and to earn an equal wage. We remain deeply committed to our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We are grateful that our supporters are willing to come alongside us and move our mission forward to make this world a better place for women facing injustice and inequity.