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WAYS TO PROCESS
We want to know what you thought about our challenges for today!
- Share your reflections on social media using the hashtags #YWCAEquityChallenge and #ABetterWayABetterDAY.
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- Save the date and register for our post-Challenge wrap-up discussion, held April 29 from noon-1 p.m. via Zoom.
- Download the Week 1 and Week 2 Discussion Guides.
Week 1: Understanding Oppression
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: SOCIAL IDENTITIES AND SYSTEMS OF OPPRESSION
Who we think we are and who others think we are has an influence on how we navigate the world, think about possibilities, and take action. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all assigned multiple social identities, both internal and external. Educators from oneTILT define social identity as having these three characteristics:
- Exists (or is consistently used) to bestow power, benefits, or disadvantage
- Is used to explain differences in outcomes, effort, or ability.
- Is immutable or difficult, costly, or dangerous to change.
Examples of social identities include race, gender, class, ability, and sexuality.
The term systems of oppression helps us call attention to the historical and organized patterns of mistreatment against people with non-dominant social identities. In the United States, systems of oppression (like racism) are woven into the very foundation of American culture, society, and laws.
Other examples of systems of oppression are sexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, ageism, and anti-Semitism. Society’s institutions, such as government, education, and culture all contribute to or reinforce the oppression of marginalized social groups while elevating powerful, dominant social groups.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 5 Minutes: Examine this graphic to understand how oppression of various social groups is ingrained in our society.
- 10 Minutes: Read about the “Big 8” identities and consider if, and how, you think about your own identity.
- 15 Minutes: Explore this resource on the five main ways that oppression shows up.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF RACE
When we say “race,” what are we talking about? Race has no biological meaning or significance. Race does, however, have a great deal of significance in everyday life and what opportunities are available to us. Social scientists call the term race a “social construct,” that is, it was invented and given meaning by human beings. It is a trait or set of traits—skin color, hair texture, the shape of one’s eyes—that is used for allocating power and distributing society’s material benefits and burdens.
From the earliest moments in our history, racial group identities granted access to resources and power to those who were “white” while excluding those who were “other” legally, politically, and socially. This race-based system of power and privilege provided justification for the enslavement of Africans, the taking of Indigenous lands, and the limits set on Asian immigrants.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 5 Minutes: Watch this video that unpacks the origins of race as a social construct.
- 30 MInutes: Explore this interactive article from the The National Museum of African American History and Culture.
- 45 Minutes: Listen to this podcast that, with well- known historians, takes a deep dive into the history of race and racism.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: LEVELS OF OPPRESSION
Are you seeing and addressing how racism and other forms of oppression operate at different levels? Dr. Camara Jones, senior fellow at the Morehouse School of Medicine, says that in order to address racism effectively, we have to understand how it operates at multiple levels. Often, what people think of first and foremost is interpersonal racism, but in order to eliminate racism, we must focus our actions to address systemic forms of racism—institutional and structural.
Structural racism refers to the complex ways in which history, public policies, institutional practices, and cultural representations interact to maintain racial hierarchy and inequitable racial group outcomes.
Applying a structural racism lens allows us to see and understand:
- The racial legacy of our past
- How racism persists in our national policies, institutional practices, and cultural representations
- How racism is transmitted and either amplified or mitigated through public, private, and community institutions
- How individuals internalize and respond to racialized structures
Understanding how each level shows up is crucial to understanding exactly why and how we need to work for racial justice.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 2 Minutes: View this infographic on levels of racism to better understand how these levels present themselves in our community.
- 5 Minutes: Click through this breakdown of the differences between structural and individual racism.
- 10 Minutes: Listen to Ijeoma Oluo discuss the need for a systemic approach to seeing and addressing racism.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: HATE CRIMES
For the rest of this week, we are going to look at examples of oppression in action. How does it show up on different levels and what kind of impact does it have on the people who experience it? Today, we are examining the most extreme form of interpersonal oppression: hate.
The FBI defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” While interpersonal in nature, violence against non-dominant groups is influenced by biased institutions and culture, and has an impact beyond just those directly victimized. Since the onset of COVID-19, xenophobic rhetoric has caused a massive increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans. You can download a sign to show your solidarity HERE.
Hate is more harmful when it is organized. The Southern Poverty Law Center defines a hate group as “an organization or collection of individuals that – based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities – has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”
IF YOU HAVE…
- 15 Minutes: Read these stories to learn about the experiences of Asian Americans who have faced interpersonal racism related to COVID-19.
- 30 Minutes: Listen to experts unpack what makes the U.S. justice system consider a violent incident of bias to be a hate crime.
- 45 Minutes: Explore this report on fatal violence against the transgender and non-conforming community, which disproportionately impacts Black transgender women.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: REDLINING AND RESIDENTIAL SEGREGATION
Redlining refers to a discriminatory pattern of disinvestment and obstructive lending practices that act as an impediment to home ownership among African-Americans and other people of color.
The origin of the term stems from the policies developed by the Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC) created in 1933 by the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Administration to reduce home foreclosures during the Great Depression, and then institutionalized by the 1937 U.S. Housing Act, which established the Federal Housing Association (FHA). Banks used the concept to deny loans to homeowners and would-be homeowners who lived in these neighborhoods. This, in turn, resulted in neighborhood economic decline and the withholding of services or their provision at an exceptionally high cost.
Dayton, Ohio, is one of America’s most segregated cities – the 15th among towns with 100,000-plus citizens. It is also the third most impoverished city in America, with more than half of Hispanic and 31% of Black residents living in poverty. These divisions exist along ZIP code lines, with some neighborhoods then experiencing historically poor healthcare access, over-policing, underfunded education, housing discrimination, and food scarcity – while others thrive.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 5 Minutes: Watch this video that explores the history of redlining and the impact it still has on Black families today.
- 15 Minutes: Explore this historic redlining map of Dayton in 1935 that illustrates the interplay between racism, economics, and the built environment.
- 20 Minutes: Dayton is one of 61 metro areas where minorities are still denied mortgage loans at higher rates than their white counterparts. Read this article on modern-day redlining practices.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: WEALTH GAP
Yesterday, we learned about how racial disparities in housing are influenced by intentionally constructed segregated systems. Today, we’re going to unpack the impact this has on wealth for people of color. While a product of historic economic policies and social practices, the racial wealth gap stubbornly persists today: for every $100 a typical white family has in wealth, a typical Black family has less than $10 in net worth.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 10 Minutes: Use this interactive racial wealth gap calculator to better understand how wealth disparities and race are intertwined.
- 15 Minutes: Read this article that explores how evolving systems of economic inequality created the racial wealth gap.
- 20 Minutes: Listen to this podcast that unpacks how the devaluation of Black lives and property has lead to the racial disparities we see today.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: OPPORTUNITY GAP
Differences in academic achievement — and eventual earned income — are often the result of the “opportunity gap,” which is the unequal and inequitable distribution of educational resources and opportunities that results in radically different levels of success for individuals based on their race, ZIP code, and socioeconomic status.
This phenomenon is exacerbated in Ohio, where public education is funded using local property tax revenue. In more affluent districts, high property values have yielded more funding, while low property values in urban and rural districts have left students with funding shortfalls and dilapidated facilities. This means that the amount of wealth a community has directly impacts the quality of public education, further disadvantaging communities where policies like redlining were prevalent.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 15 Minutes: Learn more about the differences in academic outcomes of children in Montgomery County.
- 20 Minutes: Read this article that frames the factors stopping student success.
- 1 Hour: Listen to this podcast with Nikole Hannah-Jones that explores desegregation as a solution to the opportunity gap.
Week 2: Recognizing Intersections
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: INTERSECTIONALITY
Many people experience inequity based on the overlapping oppression of their multiple social identities. This overlapping of oppressed groups is referred to as “intersectionality.” Legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw coined this term in the 1980s to describe how Black women faced heightened struggles and suffering in American society because they belonged to multiple oppressed social groups.
Our challenge today is to explore intersectionality and how it is used as a valuable framework for understanding the experiences of individuals, groups, and communities. Later this week, we will discuss how intersections of race and gender have influenced how different communities bear the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic.
YWCA Dayton’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all recognizes that not all women, or all people, are treated equally. This intersectional mission demands that we show up to advocate against the oppression that many groups and individuals endure, including through recognizing the interconnected experiences of discrimination and disadvantage that women face from their overlapping identities.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 5 Minutes: Watch this video that defines intersectionality and provides a brief history of women who fought against multiple oppressions.
- 10 Minutes: Read this blog post from our friends at YWCA Boston that discusses how to make your equity work intersectional.
- 45 Minutes: Listen to Kimberlé Crenshaw illustrate how intersectionality shows up, using the Atlanta spa shootings as an example.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Domestic and sexual violence affects people of all gender identities and races. However, women and communities of color are especially affected by intimate-partner and gender-based violence and are statistically harmed at higher rates compared to other groups.
1 in 4 women in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and more than 40% of Black women will. According to the CDC, Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women experience the highest rates of homicide, and over half (55%) are related to intimate-partner violence. 1 in 4 Black girls will be sexually abused before the age of 18, and for every Black woman who reports rape, at least 15 black women do not report.
This 21-Day Challenge intersects with April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we are proud to be a part of YWCA USA, the single largest network of domestic and sexual violence service providers in the nation. More than 150 YWCAs across 44 states provide gender-based violence services. YWCA Dayton operates the only domestic violence shelters in, and is accredited as the only rape crisis center serving, Montgomery and Preble counties. Every day, upwards of 100 women and families find safety and support through YW. Our services are available 24/7/365 through our crisis hotline: 937-222-SAFE.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 5 Minutes: Explore this power and control wheel, adapted by the YWCA Dayton clinical team, that explains the cycle and overlapping identities of abusive relationships
- 15 Minutes: Read this article about the heightened impact of domestic violence during the pandemic, particularly for Black women [Content Warning: graphic violence].
- 1 Hour: Explore this interactive toolkit on being an ally to survivors during COVID-19, both as an individual but also as a group or organization.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: HOMELESSNESS
What does homelessness have to do with racial equity? YWCA Dayton offers multiple housing programs for women and families – in fact, YW has housed and sheltered women every single day since its founding 151 years ago. We’ve also experienced firsthand how structural racism, discrimination, and unconscious bias in housing and employment have led to an overrepresentation of racial minorities experiencing homelessness.
We tend to think that homelessness and housing insecurity are caused by poverty; that they are simply due to a person’s inability to pay rent. But consider the data: People of color are dramatically more likely than their white counterparts to become homeless — even when poverty rates are taken into consideration. In essence, homelessness is one of the most visible manifestations of racial inequity.
Homelessness also affects survivors of violence at a disproportionate rate: one of every four homeless women is homeless because of violence committed against her. Housing is the most common need for survivors of domestic violence, and is often the most unmet need. YWCA shelters are a safe haven for families fleeing domestic violence who should not have to choose between shelter and safety.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 5 Minutes: Watch this video that unpacks the intersections between gender-based violence, racism, and homelessness.
- 10 Minutes: Examine this breakdown on the racial disparity in people experiencing homelessness in Montgomery County.
- 30 Minutes: Read this report that discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated housing insecurity for people of color.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: HEALTHCARE
While we have all been experiencing the same global pandemic, there is a stark contrast in how different communities have experienced the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 has exacerbated the disparities caused by healthcare inequities and socioeconomic disadvantages that our nation’s minoritized demographic groups are forced to survive through every day. These issues were present for generations before COVID-19, permanently ingrained in the historic fabric of the United States. Whether race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, creed, or any other intersection of identity, our nation operates through an established social hierarchy that ranks one person over another.
This hierarchy goes beyond being determined by quantity (i.e., majority vs. minority) and reinforces the power structures and social dynamics that dictate the differences in healthcare that would lead to two patients walking into the same healthcare institution, but leaving with completely opposite results and experiences. The historic foundation and present-day prevalence of this systemic issue must be reckoned and reconciled with before any impactful and lasting progress can be made. Only through intentional representation and unrelenting advocacy can we begin to mend this healthcare divide.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 5 Minutes: Read this article on how health disparities exist, even in the face of socioeconomic success.
- 10 Minutes: Read this article about the disproportionately high mortality rates for Black babies — and one potential solution.
- 1 Hour: Check out this talk from Public Health Dayton Montgomery County on Healthcare Injustice: Past, Present, and Future.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: PARENTING IN A PANDEMIC
Tomorrow, we will focus on the economic impacts of the pandemic on women, particularly mothers, 1 million of whom have left the workforce since the onset of COVID-19. However, the dependence on mothers to simultaneously be full-time teachers, caregivers, and breadwinners is also placing a toxic toll on mental health that needs to be acknowleged.
Almost 70 percent of mothers say that worry and stress from the pandemic have damaged their health, magnified by a number of intersecting issues, including poverty, race, having children with special needs, and being a single parent. A study published last year in Frontiers in Global Women’s Health reported that new mothers are also facing record isolation, with triple the number of new moms experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 10 Minutes: Examine this report highlightsing how the unequal burden in caregiving responsibilities isn’t unique to the pandemic.
- 30 Minutes: Listen to this podcast from YWCA USA on balancing the demands of motherhood during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 1 Hour: Check out “The Primal Scream,” an interactive project exploring the layered crisis facing America’s moms.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: WOMEN IN THE WORKFORCE
We are living through our nation’s first female-driven recession, as the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis has triggered a nationwide “shecession,” risking decades of progress for women in the workplace. January 2020 was the second time ever that women held more jobs than men in the workforce — now, a year later, more than 2.3 million women across the U.S. have exited the workforce.
As we explored yesterday, women are bearing the burden of providing full-time childcare as schools and daycares remain closed or only offer limited hours — many while still working full-time in or out of the home. The pandemic has also reversed women’s workplace gains as female-dominated sectors have been hit the hardest. Fields like leisure, hospitality, childcare, and healthcare are also disproportionately nonwhite and female. One in four women are considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce entirely because of the impact of COVID-19.
And unsurprisingly, the economic crisis caused by the pandemic has impacted women of color the most. Latinas were particularly hard hit by the economic ramifications of COVID-19, with unemployment rates exceeding 20 percent.
IF YOU HAVE…
Week 3: Personal & Community Anti-Racism
When will the headlines change?
We are – again, and again, and again – heartbroken. The fatal shooting of Daunte Wright on Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, happened only 10 miles from where Derek Chauvin is on trial for the killing of George Floyd just 11 months ago. We start our Week 3 Challenge work by first acknowledging and holding space for our Black neighbors, employees, communities – again, and again, and again. YWCA joins our voices with those rallying across the country to call for an end to police violence against Black and brown communities. These are not isolated incidents. We know that communities of color experience disproportionately high rates of unnecessary and excessive force by law enforcement. We are unwavering in our commitment to justice. We do this work because we demand a world of equity and human decency, in which women, girls, and people of color can live healthy, safe, full lives with dignity. And we will get up and continue to do the work until injustice is rooted out and institutions are transformed – until Black lives matter – until justice, just is.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: RACISM AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS
Hundreds of years of slavery, racism, and discrimination in this country have compounded to deliver poor health outcomes for black people that are being magnified under the lens of the current coronavirus pandemic. The legacy of racism in health spaces has led communities of color to have less trust in health institutions, further widening these disparities. Moreover, other elements of systemic racism such as police brutality, daily experiences of discrimination, and housing segregation lead to tangible health outcomes like toxic stress, infant mortality, and asthma.
Starting in 2019 in Milwaukee, local and state officials began declaring racism as a public health crisis, setting the stage for communities to look at these issues systemically and tackle the social determinants that have led to poorer health outcomes for Black and brown Americans. Last summer, Montgomery County passed a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis and just last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declared racism a serious public health threat, outlining steps it will take to address it on a national level.
Today’s challenge is going to unpack these declarations to discover why they are important, and what comes next.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 20 Minutes: Read this article that unpacks the impact of declaring racism a public health crisis.
- 30 Minutes: Read this article that explains why police violence needs to be addressed as a public health issue.
- 45 Minutes: Listen to this podcast that explores Milwaukee County’s decision to declare racism a public health crisis, making them the first in the U.S.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: REPARATIONS
Over the past few weeks, we have learned about various forms of oppression that have put Black Americans at a disadvantage economically, politically, and socially. Today, we are going to explore one of the most significant ways our country could redress these 400 years of injustice: reparations, broadly understood as compensation given for abuse or injury. The idea of reparations as a tool for curing injustice is anything but new. In today’s Challenge, we are going to explore the history of reparations in the United States and how reparations for slavery could serve as a tool for creating a more equitable society and repairing the significant harm that is still felt by generations today.
IF YOU HAVE…
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: PRIVILEGE
As we begin to wrap up this year’s challenge, we are going to shift our focus. How can we as individuals combat the oppression in our society? A great way to start is by recognizing your own privilege.
Privileges are unearned benefits that someone has just by having a certain social identity. Having or not having privileges is not a guarantee of success or failure; it is simply a different starting point that makes success more or less likely. People with higher amounts of privilege are less likely to be aware of their privilege than people with lesser amounts of privilege. White privilege is both a legacy and a cause of racism. Having white privilege and recognizing it is not racist. But, white privilege exists because of historic, enduring racism and biases.
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TODAY’S CHALLENGE: WHITENESS
From the earliest moments in our history, racial group identities granted access to resources and power to those who were “white” while excluding those who were “other,” legally, politically, and socially. Today, we are going to talk about the impact of whiteness in our anti-racist work. How does white supremacy show up in our communities, our organizations, and in ourselves?
Have you heard of the term “white fragility?” For white people, “white fragility” refers to their discomfort and avoidance of racially charged stress, which perpetuates racial inequity. These defensive behaviors shut down conversations and inhibit actions which, in turn, function to reinstate white supremacy.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 15 Minutes: Read this article that defines white supremacy and explores how it can be dismantled
- 20 Minutes: Explore this resource that identifies how white supremacy shows up in organizations.
- 30 Minutes: Review this list of attitudes and behaviors that indicate a detour or wrong turn into white guilt, denial, or defensiveness.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: IMPLICIT BIAS
The term “implicit bias” describes when we have attitudes toward people or associate stereotypes with them without our conscious knowledge. Residing deep in the subconscious, these implicit biases can be both positive and negative, and can be activated without you even knowing it. They operate unconsciously and differ from known biases that people may intentionally hide.
A growing number of studies show a link between hidden biases and actual behavior. In other words, implicit bias can reveal itself in action, especially when a person’s efforts to control behavior consciously fail under stress, distraction, relaxation, or competition.
Everyone has some form of implicit bias; but knowledge is empowering. It is critical that we recognize, stay aware of, and learn to correct for the biases we carry. Having biases doesn’t make you a bad person — it only makes you human.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 5 Minutes: Click on Module 3 in this curriculum to watch a video that unpacks how implicit bias develops.
- 10 Minutes: Take one (or more) of these Hidden Bias tests to uncover your implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation, skin tone, and other topics.
- 1 Hour: Listen to this Hidden Brain podcast from NPR that examines research on “studying the invisible:” prejudices so deeply buried, we often doubt their existence.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: ANTI-RACISM
It is not enough to not be racist — individuals working for racial justice must be actively anti-racist. What does that mean? It doesn’t require that you always know the right thing to say or do in any given situation. Anti-racism asks that you take action and work against racism wherever you find it, including — and perhaps most especially — in yourself. It is an active way of seeing and being in the world in order to transform it, including the recognition that racism is complicated and reinforced by other forms of oppression.
IF YOU HAVE:
- 20 Minutes: Read or listen to this article that provides four tips for tackling anti-racism.
- 20 Minutes: Listen to this podcast featuring historian Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist.
- 30 Minutes: Explore this interactive article that walks you through making unbiased choices and being antiracist in all aspects.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: ALLYSHIP
As you approach the end of the challenge, you’re probably starting to wonder what comes next. Have I fulfilled my duties as an anti-racist by digesting this content for 21 days? The answer is no. While this challenge may have been your first, or a next, step to engaging in racial justice work, there is a lot of work to be done to dismantle systemic racism, and we need everyone, in every space, to do it. Systemic racism exists in every corner of our society. Each of us is responsible for using our privilege to address racism when it shows up and be proactively anti-racist in the spaces we inhabit, like our job, school, religious institution, family, or neighborhood.
This is critical because we often inhabit monolithic spaces where diverse perspectives aren’t heard. Often, being actively anti-racist will require us to give something up — our comfort, a relationship, a job opportunity, or a policy that benefits us — in order to dismantle racist systems. If we really want to eliminate racism, we must commit to being active accomplices even when it’s hard, rather than engaging in performative activism.
As we work to ensure that our communities become places in which all people have a chance to thrive, it’s important to understand the impact systems of power have on our lives. After exploring today’s Challenge resources, register for our next Y-Dub Discussions, specifically designed by and for rural communities, to discover how anti-racist allyship can help create stronger communities for all.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 5 Minutes: Watch this frank conversation that explores how white people can turn performative wokeness into true allyship.
- 10 Minutes: Read this article that explains the difference between being an ally and being an accomplice.
- 1 Hour: Listen to this podcast that unpacks what authentic allyship means to Black women.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: COMING TOGETHER, MOVING FORWARD
We end this year’s Challenge at yet another defining moment in the fight for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. At 5:08 p.m. yesterday, a jury in Minnesota found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts of the murder of George Floyd; then at 5:21 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio, 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was pronounced dead from a police-inflicted gunshot. There is, still, so much to do. Black lives matter, Black children matter, until justice, just is.
Congratulations — you’ve completed the 2021 edition of the YWCA Dayton Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge! Thank you to our Challenge ambassadors, community partners, our dedicated staff, and YOU for your continuous engagement. We are so impressed by the community’s response to this Challenge, but even more impressed by our community’s desire to invoke real change.
These 21 days were thoughtfully curated to inform you, to challenge you, to make you uncomfortable, and to inspire you. It is our hope that you, and the 1,250+ others who committed to the Challenge, now feel empowered to use your voice and be a stronger social justice advocate. Please take a few minutes to let us know how we did and what we can improve upon for next time:
YWCA’s story is one of women working together intentionally across lines of economic, generational, ethnic, and racial differences to combat the barriers that limit constructive options and outcomes for women and girls. YWCA recognizes that it is impossible to empower all women without also addressing institutional and structural racism. Our intersectional approach challenges us to place those who are most often marginalized at the center of our strategic efforts to eliminate racism and empower women.
YWCA is the world’s oldest and largest multicultural organization for women. For 151 years, YWCA Dayton has been a convener of women’s voices – elevating their needs, triumphs, and challenges so that together, we all rise. At our core, we advocate for an end to discrimination against women in every sphere – economic, political, and social – and lead the way for every woman to become a driving force behind her own success in a community free of racial and economic barriers.
IF YOU HAVE…
- 10 Minutes: Need resources for the kids in your life? Check out this toolkit on parenting as an anti-racist. AND ALSO: Save the date for a brand-new version of our Challenge, curated specifically for youth, coming in Fall 2021! In the meantime, serve as a role model by volunteering for our Advocacy Committee.
- 15 Minutes: Want to effect change at work? Read this guide on building an anti-racist workplace. AND ALSO: Invite your coworkers to attend tomorrow’s Y-Dub Discussions – Until Justice Just Is: Becoming an Ally for Change.
- 1 Hour: Need help continuing to work on yourself? Explore this toolkit that gives you resources to respond to everyday instances of racism. AND ALSO: Donate to Until It Is Eliminated, YWCA Dayton’s campaign to sustain racial justice.