YWCA Statement on the Biden Administration’s First Day Executive Actions

YWCA applauds the Biden Administration’s executive actions taken yesterday, each of which are critical steps to addressing the deep challenges facing our nation in the areas of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice, climate change, the economy, and government integrity.

As an organization committed to eliminating racism and empowering women, YWCA New Britain gets up and does the work every day to advance justice. These first executive actions by the Biden Administration are essential to advancing YWCA’s intersectional mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We are particularly pleased by the Biden Administration’s initial steps to advance racial equity in our nation, such as by moving forward on DACA, issuing a racial equality executive order, repealing the Muslim travel ban, and rescinding the Trump Administration’s executive order on the Census. The Biden Administration will also revoke President Trump’s damaging executive order limiting the ability of organizations such as YWCA from implementing important and needed diversity and inclusion training. In addition, the Biden Administration’s actions to aid in our economic recovery – particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women and women of color – are critical for the families the YWCA network serves.

Yesterday the YWCA network came together to watch history – and herstory – made as President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in to become our 46th president and 49th vice president of the United States, and we’ll continue to come together to advocate for the women and families we serve and to advance justice in our communities, until justice just is.