The Stand Against Racism Challenge

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The Stand Against Racism Challenge

The Stand Against Racism Challenge was designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. The Challenge took place on April 4, 2022.

The Stand Against Racism Challenge is now a national initiative of YWCA USA. Previously known as the 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge, developed by YWCA Greater Cleveland, this partnership hopes to expand the impact of this unique learning opportunity across the network.

Participants log on to the challenge app on their phone or visit the challenge website and are presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

The 2021 YWCA Greater Pittsburgh 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge took place March 1-March 29, 2021. See archive content here.


2022 Topics

The Stand Against Racism Challenge runs for 21 days.

New content is published daily (except for weekends) for the duration of the challenge. Each week we cover a different topic relating to equity and social justice. Below is an overview of what we will be covering this year.


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 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



See archive content from 2021


Honoring the Work

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh wants to thank and acknowledge Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Debby Irving, and Dr. Marguerite Penick for their leadership in the field of racial equity as exhibited in their 21 Day Racial Equity and Habit Building Challenge and the movement they helped to initiate. YWCA’s content is independently designed, written, and curated in partnership with YWCA Greater Cleveland staff as part of racial equity and social justice programs offered to the community.



The Stand Against Racism Challenge is sponsored by Comcast & Gateway Health. Thank you for your support!

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Interested in sponsoring the Stand Against Racism Challenge? Contact Ginny Giles at