As the first Black woman to be promoted to the position of Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is an inspiration for many young BIPOC women. She has continued to create opportunities for others as a trailblazer in her field, and as an activist, she is continuously advocating for wider accessibility to the arts for all people.
Widely thought of as African American Independence Day, Juneteenth is a celebration of the official end of slavery. Serving as a symbol of total freedom from slave trade across all states, today Juneteenth provides an opportunity to reflect on what progress is still needed, as well as celebrate Black joy and community.
Pride Month honors the history of the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States and those fighting for LGBTQIA+ rights today. YWCA believes in the importance of celebrating our community, and to do that, we've compiled pieces about these historic moments and articles written by members of the LGBTQIA+ community from today.
Now that the 2023 Washington legislative session has come to a close, we reflect on our policy wins, the importance of our equitable approach, and what comes next in creating a future where everyone in our community can thrive.
Earlier this month, we held our 12th annual Stand Against Racism event. 2023's theme was Environmental Racism, and we discussed how racial justice is tied to climate justice, and how we can advocate for it nationally, statewide, and locally.