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YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is committed to the biggest issues of the day as they affect Pittsburgh and the nation. Follow the links below to find out about our work.

On the third Wednesday of every month, YWCA’s Center for Race & Gender Equity hosts YW Wednesdays Action Conversations on Race, a panel discussion dedicated to racial justice. Featuring local experts and leaders in fields such as equity and diversity, policy change, and advocacy, YW Wednesdays are designed to build community and create change.

Watch videos of past YW Wednesday Action Conversations at our YouTube channel and click here to sign up for upcoming Conversations.

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Press Releases

February 11, 2021: “YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Confirms $20 Million Grant from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott for Accelerating Its Mission Expansion”

June 16, 2020: “YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Selling Downtown Property”

June 3, 2020: “YWCA CEO Calls for Action in Response to Death of George Floyd”

April 20, 2020: “Under New Leadership, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Steps Up to the COVID Challenge”

External publications

March 3, 2021: WTAE “Fighting hate together”

February 11, 2021: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “YWCA Greater Pittsburgh to use $20M from MacKenzie Scott to address racial, gender inequities”

December 18, 2020: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “YWCA Greater Pittsburgh receives share of $4 billion distributed by MacKenzie Scott”

September 28, 2020: Pittsburgh Business Times “Personalities of Pittsburgh: YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh CEO Angela Reynolds is leading through action”

July 16, 2020: WTAE “CommUNITY Champion: Dr. Angela Reynolds”

July 14, 2020: The Pittsburgh 100, “A renewed mission for social justice and equity”

June 17, 2020: WPXI, “Mayor Peduto names members of Pittsburgh Community Task Force on Police Reform”

June 16, 2020: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “YWCA to sell downtown headquarters on Wood St”

June 16, 2020: TribLive, “YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s Downtown building is on the market”

June 16, 2020: Pittsburgh Business Times, “YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh lists long-time downtown building for sale”

June 9, 2020: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “YWCA seizes the moment to promote more advocacy for race and gender equality”

June 9, 2020: Pittsburgh Business Times, “YWCA Greater Pittsburgh outlines new support and advocacy path”

June 6, 2020: PublicSource, “Ten ways employers can support working parents during the pandemic”

June 4, 2020: Pittsburgh Business Times, “What Pittsburgh organizations are saying regarding recent protests and demonstrations”

April 30, 2020: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “YWCA’s CEO gets ‘crash course’ by starting job weeks before COVID-19 shutdown”

April 21, 2020: The Pittsburgh 100, “YWCA’s Resource Center remains a beacon in time of crisis”

April 20, 2020: Pittsburgh Business Times, “YWCA of Pittsburgh names new CEO, offers financial assistance to those impacted by COVID-19”

Following Governor Wolf’s directive, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s operations remain largely virtual.  As we adapt to our modified schedule, appointments are required.  Our Homewood-Brushton Early Child Development Center is open, with special precautions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our Pre-K Counts classrooms in Homewood and Braddock Hills will open in the fall. Click here to view our family welcome packet for more information. Please check our website frequently for service updates and sign up to receive our monthly newsletter. For a list of local resources, please follow this link.

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please contact United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Southwest by texting your zip code to 898-211, visiting pa211sw.org or by dialing 2-1-1.

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For over 150 years, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has worked to improve quality of life for women and strengthen the fabric of our communities. In 1970, YWCA USA proclaimed its one imperative: “to thrust our collective power towards the elimination of racism, wherever it exists, by any means necessary.” 50 years later, eliminating racism and empowering women is more than a salient and timely mission. It is a revitalized call to collective action aimed at promoting racial justice, reducing race and gender disparities, and deliberately addressing the challenges and celebrating the triumphs of living at the intersection of race and gender.

The One Imperative: to thrust our collective power towards the elimination of racism, wherever it exists, by any means necessary.

Our strategic direction builds upon the strong legacy of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s previous leaders and members as we innovate and lead to secure a better future. We boldly embrace the YWCA mission and a renewed commitment to racial justice based on the following assumptions:

1) Eliminating racism and empowering women requires deliberate action.

We understand that moving forward in our imperative involves both legislative and systemic changes. As a community, we must also move beyond acknowledging disparities exist and towards dismantling the framework that perpetuates these disparities. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s advocacy platform promotes specific policies and systemic change for gender equity and racial justice.

2) Promoting racial justice requires a collective approach.

We are committed to building strong, strategic partnerships to be deliberate in our efforts to eliminate racism and empower women. This is a multi-faceted and cross-sectoral strategy. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is actively engaging with the corporate, nonprofit, civic, and academic sectors to ensure women and people of color are treated with dignity and respect and children, youth, and adults are provided with access to opportunities.

3) As long as racial and gender disparities persist, YWCA will work collaboratively to reduce disparities and address their impact.

While we work towards eliminating racism and empowering women (an “upstream” approach), we also recognize that existing disparities were birthed in historical injustices. Race-specific and or disparate impact policies that have negatively affected housing choice, wealth accumulation, and educational attainment, among others, have led to present day income and neighborhood disparities. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is committed to ensuring women, children, and families can meet basic needs and move towards financial stability. Our services to support these efforts will continue and be made more accessible. Examples include:

4) Promoting racial justice and empowering women is not a “one and done” or “checklist” effort.

We are engaged in a movement that provides short-term and long-term strategies for achieving our collective goals.

We approach all of our programming through a racial justice lens and assist our partners to do the same. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has an educational platform to address racial justice and move towards anti-racist practices. In addition to these offerings, we are also looking internally at our programs and services to bring a racial justice and women’s empowerment lens to everything we do. Our Center for Race and Gender Equity will lead these internal and external efforts.

5) Understanding the challenges and triumphs at the intersection of race and gender is paramount to fulfilling our mission.

We strive to amplify the voices of those committed to racial justice and gender empowerment. This includes ensuring that the voices of those with lived experiences are valued and are shaping decisions being made. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh will continue to build community partnerships to present a narrative of strong women who thrive in the face of challenges. We also remain committed to removing the obstacles that hinder advancement for women, particularly women of color. Specifically, our Center for Race and Gender Equity aims to be a premier resource for understanding and addressing disparities at the intersection of race and gender. The Center recently launched:

  • Monthly YWednesday Conversations on Race for 2020-2021.

These conversations highlight issues of race and gender intersectionality and offer concrete actions that can be taken to promote racial justice. (You can watch our June 5 and July 15 Conversations at our Media Center and register for upcoming Conversations here.)

  • Short issue pieces that inform on intersectional disparities from a historical and data perspective.

These provide short-term and long-term strategies to address these disparities.

Angela Reynolds, Ph.D.
CEO, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
July 9, 2020