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The Stand Against Racism Challenge begins April 4th!



The Stand Against Racism Challenge runs for 21 days. New content will be published daily (except for weekends) for the duration of the challenge. Each week we will cover a different topic relating to equity and social justice. 


Critical Race Theory

YWCA is committed to antiracism and a key part of this mission is to ensure that children learn a truthful accounting of our country’s history of systemic racism and how that legacy continues to impact our lives today. This week will explore what Critical Race Theory is, the misconceptions surrounding it, and what participants can do to act.

  • What is Critical Race Theory?
  • Racism in School Curriculum
  • Teaching the Next Generation
  • Legislative Backlash to CRT
  • Truth and Healing

Living Wage

Over a quarter of America’s workers make less than $15 per hour. Women of color are disproportionately likely to make less than a living wage. We are going to talk about how raising the minimum wage to a living wage could be a powerful tool for closing the racial and gender wealth gaps, the history of the sub-minimum wage, and why paying a living wage is key to an equitable workplace.

  • What is a Living Wage?
  • Minimum Wage
  • Racist History of Tipping
  • Closing the Racial & Gender Wealth Gap
  • Organizational Values

Film and Television

Film and television are powerful mediums and have been instrumental both in perpetuating racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia, as well as breaking ground and helping Americans envision a more equitable world.

  • Racism & the Origins of Film
  • LGBTQ+ Representation
  • The War on Terror & Islamophobia on Screen
  • Colorism
  • Power of Representation

Reproductive Justice

For more than fifty years, YWCA USA has supported the reproductive freedom of all people to make fundamental decisions about whether and when to have children. Abortion bans could push young women out of the workplace and limit their education and careers, with lifelong consequences for themselves and their families.

  • Period Poverty
  • Sex Education
  • Legal Restrictions
  • Impact
  • Police Violence & Reproductive Justice