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Join us as we recognize the accomplishments of girls of color in our community. Event proceeds benefit GirlsFirst, YWCA’s program focused on encouraging leadership, instilling confidence, and developing professional skills. Register today!

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Shades of Leadership 2018

Start Date
6:00 pm
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End Date
8:30 pm
Palace Ballroom
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2018 Shades of Leadership
Join us to celebrate female-identified youth of color who are leading the way in our community at our annual benefit for YWCA GirlsFirst.

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Women Set Records in 2018 Election

November 12, 2018 Blog Post
Tuesday was a historic night. As Americans voted in the most important midterm election in a generation, women broke barriers everywhere. Here in Washington State, organizers with De-Escalate Washington celebrated voters passing Initiative 940 on election night after a long-fought campaign by Native and African American communities.

The Black Women Who Saved Seattle Jazz

November 6, 2018 Blog Post
Seattle’s vibrant jazz club scene of the 1940s produced famous musicians like Ray Charles and Quincy Jones. But the success of Seattle jazz bands was built on the union organizing skill of black women jazz players.

Latina Equal Pay Day

November 1, 2018 Blog Post
November 1 is Latina Women Equal Pay Day. In this week's blog, we discuss what the day means and what may contribute to the wage disparity for women of color, specifically Latina women.

Let's Talk About Domestic Violence in Black Communities

October 31, 2018 Blog Post
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I sat down to talk with Doris O’Neal, Director of YWCA’s Domestic Violence Services Program. Together we unpacked and confirmed the issues surrounding domestic violence for black women specifically and what we can do as advocates to ensure black women and girls are heard and seen.

Homeownership May Be the Key to Equity

October 30, 2018 Blog Post
Owning a home is the biggest factor in determining your wealth, but in King County and across America, racist policies have pushed Black and Latinx families out of their homes. Eliminating the homeownership inequality is key to closing the racial wealth gap, and ensuring that our communities are more secure.

YWCA's Central Area Food Bank: Where do your donations go?

October 25, 2018 Blog Post
YWCA’s Central Area Food Bank collects approximately 2,500 pounds of food a week and distributes that to over 1,100 people a week. It takes a lot of coordination from donors, volunteers and staff to make sure this process is smooth, safe, and efficient.