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Holtzclaw Defense Uses Verbal Tics, Troubled Past, Lack of Education to Deflect and Implicate Witnesses in Okla. Sexual Assault Case

Deborah Douglas | Posted 12.10.2015 | Crime
Deborah Douglas

Somebody should be in the courtroom watching out for the interests of the 13 black women who have accused former Oklahoma City policeman Daniel Holtzclaw of rape and sexual assault. Even the prosecution can't get it right.

Violence Against Women Has No National Borders

YWCA USA | Posted 10.23.2015 | Women

The thing about race is that you can't hide it. You can code-switch, adjust your mannerisms, intonation, and vernacular, but when you appear ethnically ambiguous with a name that most cannot wrap their tongue around, blending in becomes a little more challenging.

Guns Do Not Make Us Safer

YWCA USA | Posted 10.22.2015 | Women

Asking that domestic abusers be denied access to firearms is not an infringement upon your second amendment rights. Asking that states submit up-to-date records on individuals convicted of crimes such as stalking, domestic violence or sexual assault in order to ensure background checks are effective is not a violation of your right to privacy.

What's Under the Hood? (Or, Can a Black Woman Really Lead?)

Danielle Moss Lee | Posted 10.01.2015 | Black Voices
Danielle Moss Lee

Black women's leadership is necessary. Necessary for Black people, necessary for Black men, necessary for America

Here's The Number One Reason Victims of Domestic Violence Stay

Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron | Posted 07.14.2015 | Women
Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron

To help lessen the economic barrier that so many domestic violence victims face, YWCA USA is working to pass the Healthy Families Act. While the bill's core component ensures the accrual of seven paid sick days for all workers, it also provides for "paid safe days" so that victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking can seek out safety and assistance without the threat of lost wages

Life for Us Ain't Been No Crystal Stair

Danielle Moss Lee | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices
Danielle Moss Lee

When I see the video of panic-stricken Toya Graham, I see myself, and all the other Black mothers who are desperate to keep our children physically, spiritually and emotionally safe in a society that doesn't honor their childhood. It's a special desperation known mostly by the oppressed.

Taking A Stand Against Racism

Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron

The YWCA -- with more than 200 local associations in 47 states -- invites Mr. Schultz, Starbucks and everyone to participate in our annual Stand Against Racism campaign, beginning with a National Day of Action on April 23.

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - Authors, Books, Reading and Literacy

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

What are you reading? What was the last book you read? These are two of my favorite questions to ask in order to jump start a conversation with an old friend or a new acquaintance.

Case Before Supreme Court Threatens Fair Housing Policy That Protects Victims of Domestic Violence

Desiree Hoffman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Desiree Hoffman

By eliminating the disparate impact provisions of the Fair Housing Act, the Supreme Court would be responsible for putting the lives of women and children who experience domestic violence back into the hands of danger.

Ferguson to Staten Island

Danielle Moss Lee | Posted 02.04.2015 | Black Voices
Danielle Moss Lee

The only thing standing in the way of justice in America is the political and private will of the people; the only way to achieve social justice in America is via the unrelenting activism and long stretching memories of the people. If we forget Eric and Michael, we will surely perish.

From Desperation to Education

Lori Sokol | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

The Women's Forum created The Education Fund in 1987 to provide annual awards to encourage mature women in need to fulfill their potential through the pursuit of an undergraduate college education.

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Danielle Moss Lee | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Danielle Moss Lee

This school year, don't leave out the pep talk about grades and their futures and blah, blah, blah. But, make sure they understand that your love and pride aren't contingent on anything other than the fact that raising them is the greatest privilege you'll ever have.

After #Ferguson, We Cannot Just Donate, Write and Program Our Problems Away

Kate Casas | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Kate Casas

Knowing that the injustices in Ferguson are also playing out in mid-Missouri where low income and African-American children are far less likely to be proficient or advanced in reading and math than their middle income and white peers that keeps me from just being able to donate to a food pantry and then look the other way.

Proof That Women Have Been Strength Training All Along

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 08.07.2014 | Healthy Living

Fitness at the YWCA club in California (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) The YWCA has been providing fitness opportunit...

The Successful 150-Year-Old Model

Lori Sokol | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Lori Sokol

While the most visible women's rights being jeopardized include voting rights and the right to have control over our own bodies, there are more, many more.

To Keep Women Healthy, We Must Protect Them From Gun Violence

Qudsia Raja | Posted 07.16.2014 | Women
Qudsia Raja

Firearms-related domestic violence homicides are a serious public health concern for women in the United States who are fleeing abusive homes.

A Month After 276 Nigerian Girls Were Kidnapped, Now Is Time to Act

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

These young girls are still being held captive, their condition is unknown, they are at extreme risk of being sexually abused and trafficked and the leaders of Boko Haram have threatened to sell them as slaves and into child marriages.

The Women's Equality Act: A No Brainer for New York

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.12.2013 | New York
Taina Bien-Aime

The legislation is testament that we cannot parse out women's rights, drop by drop. It is recognition that if New York doesn't legislate against discrimination, it in effect condones inequality.

Congress Must Act Immediately to Reauthorize Federal Legislation to Protect All Victims of Violence

Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron | Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact
Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron

Preventing domestic and sexual violence and protecting victims must be a priority in our cities, in our states, in our country and in all countries. The need is real, and there is no time to waste.

One of the Nation's Most Prominent Organizations Adds Substance and Color to Women's Voices

Stacey Tisdale | Posted 12.01.2012 | Black Voices
Stacey Tisdale

African-American women were particularly worried about the economy because they are more likely to have experienced hour, wage, or tip reductions over the past few years. Women also report hardships ranging from postponing medical care to losing a job or falling behind in rent or mortgage.

Of Fitness Centers, Swimming Pools and Saving Women's Lives

Lori Sokol | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact
Lori Sokol

"We're much more than fitness centers and swimming pools," says Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, the newly appointed CEO of the YWCA. "The 'Y' has always been the 'thing' for women"

YWCA Asks GOP Senate Candidate To Pull Misleading Ad

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The board of directors of YWCA Cass Clay, a nonprofit group backing women, has asked North Dakota Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rick Be...

Hope Beyond Domestic Violence

Juwita Suwito | Posted 08.27.2012 | Impact
Juwita Suwito

Domestic violence remains a grave social concern in Malaysia, affecting and disrupting the lives of entire families. The Domestic Violence Act (DVA) was passed in 1994 after almost a decade of advocacy efforts, but still, according to the Royal Malaysia Police and Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, 3173 cases were reported in 2010.

Safe Harbor for the Homeless

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The House Budget Committee's latest draconian budget proposes even deeper cuts in the safety net while refusing to ask the rich and powerful to contribute their fair share. Indeed, it would give them more tax breaks at the expense of poor struggling families desperately trying to get back on their feet.

How You Can Honor Women For Women's History Month

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 05.06.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

With Women's History Month upon us, many organizations and entities including are paying attention and plan to honor and pay tribute to the many gener...