As Americans head to the polls in the midst of a global pandemic, an economic crisis, and a reckoning with systemic racism, YWCA is calling on candidates to support policies for an America that works for all women.
YWCA’s mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. Because we serve all women, we know that an American “recovery” is a scary proposition. Pre-pandemic, women and families were struggling. Pre-protests, women of color were sounding the alarm about injustices facing Black and Brown communities.
Those who ask for our votes must wake up to the realities of women. Women don’t need a recovery. We don’t need a return to yesterday. We need a reset.
For generations, policymaking has failed to keep pace with the real lives of women and to counter the threats women face to their physical safety and economic security. In the midst of the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, women of color remain at even greater risk due to the disproportionate impact of the virus, and the compounding effects of health and policing systems that were built in ways that fail them and their families.
Now, in the midst of a national health and economic crisis, America has the opportunity to finally deliver what works for women - —and America: universal, high-quality childcare, fair wages and equal pay, and policies that intentionally deliver racial justice.
YWCA knows what women need right now, because they told us in our 2020 YWomenVote survey. And they tell us every day through our community-focused racial justice outreach, our job training and economic empowerment initiatives, and our childcare programs, critical for supporting everyone’s ability to work.
These policies are imperative. Women are not simply “a constituency”—we drive the economy. Women are 51% of the population. Single or partnered, we are caregivers and breadwinners. Women lead our families and our communities. Our needs are America’s needs.