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First Lady Michelle Obama helps celebrate 150 years of YWCA USA

The YWCA USA celebrated its distinguished 150-year legacy as the nation's oldest and largest women's organisation at a gala awards dinner in Washington, D.C.

YWCA USA Celebrates Sojourner Truth Memorial in U.S. Capitol

The YWCA USA co-sponsored another historic first on April 28 with the unveiling of a Memorial bust of Sojourner Truth in the United States Capitol. An outspoken abolitionist and suffragette, Truth is the first African American woman to be so honoured.

YWCA of Kaua‘i, USA marks National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day takes place annually in the USA on March 10. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls and encourage women and girls to take action. In this article republished from, YWCA of Kauai Youth Coordinator and World YWCA Advocacy Intern (2008), Leanne Baumung explains how taking actions locally can have a global impact on HIV and AIDS.

YWCA USA Partners with HBO to launch The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

YWCA USA is partnering with HBO to honour inspirational women across USA and help promote The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, the new HBO series that chronicles the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's first (and only) female detective.

Invest in women and young women says YWCA Canada to Federal Government

As world leaders and world markets announce doom and gloom ahead for the global economy, YWCA Canada is calling for women to be counted in to the 2009 Canadian Federal Budget.

YWCA USA promote National Days of Service in lead up to Presidential Inauguration

The YWCA USA is a founding partner of the January 17-19 Days of Service sponsored Presidential Inauguration Committee and many of its 300 local associations will host community service projects and discussion sessions to increase racial tolerance.

YWCA Canada launches campaign to stop violence against women

YWCA Canada has launched a national "Rose Button" campaign calling on the Harper government to develop an action plan to stop violence against women.

YWCA USA young women reveal what they want from Obama

YWCA USA have released the results of a new national survey of American women, which shows that Generation Y women (aged 18-29) will be more demanding of the new Obama administration than their older sisters, mothers and grandmothers on key domestic issues.

YWCA USA issues out a statement on US Election

I recently had the privilege of conducting an oral history interview with Dr. Dorothy Height, who led the national YWCA Office of Racial Justice throughout the Civil Rights era. Prior to Height's move to New York to take that position, she served as the Executive Director of the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, which was the “coloured” YWCA in Washington, D.C.

YWCA USA addresses the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in the USA

YWCA USA cosponsored a Capitol Hill Briefing in Washington DC on October 21 to address the hidden crisis of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in the United States.