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YWCA Columbus defies a status quo that puts women, people of color, and the underprivileged on uneven footing. By fostering dialogue, providing practical resources, and educating, we promote empowerment and inclusion. We initiate systemic social change that will create a Columbus of peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Today, that work has taken on new dimension, urgency and importance.

At YWCA Columbus we truly believe that we all have to speak up and show up. That’s why we’re championing the voices of our allies and community partners—to share resources, to educate and activate our community, and engage new audiences with YWCA Columbus.


Featured Articles

Hispanic Heritage Month: A Brief Explanation

(part 1 of a 2 part series)

By: Belen de Leon, YWCA Columbus Program Coordinator
Marisa Garverick Herrera, YWCA Columbus Program Manager
Lalitha Pamidigantam, YWCA Columbus Policy Analyst

Hispanic Heritage Month, observed from September 15th through October 15th, carves out four weeks to honor the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic-Americans to the US. The event was introduced in 1968, on the cusp of the Civil Rights Movement. In the first part of this two part series on Hispanic Heritage Month, we explore the identity of the Latinx community, their struggles, and their resistance as a community. Continue Reading >

Black Women’s Wage Equality

By: Allie Valocchi, BS Neuroscience, The Ohio State University, Class of 2022
Lalitha Pamidigantam, YWCA Columbus Policy Analyst

Equal Pay Day, first observed in 1996, raises awareness of the gender pay gap by marking the date the average woman must work to in order to make what a white man made the previous year. Because the pay gap also varies by demographic, different days of the year recognize the different dates that women of color must work to; for example, Equal Pay Day took place on March 24th this year, while Black Women’s Equal Pay Day won’t take place until August 3rd. Continue Reading >

Anti-Asian Violence/Racism and Policing in the Asian American Community

(part 2 of a 2 part series)

By: Kysasurina Adhikari, BS Political Science, The Ohio State University, Class of 2021
Allie Valocchi, BS Neuroscience, The Ohio State University, Class of 2022
Lalitha Pamidigantam, YWCA Columbus Policy Analyst

The term Asian American broadly refers to those with ancestry from East, Southeast and South Asia. This term, coined by Asian American activists at the height of the Civil Rights movement, was meant to bring together Asian people living in the United States under one umbrella to facilitate solidarity against white supremacy. Continue Reading >

Racism towards Asian Americans is an integral part of United States history

(part 1 of a 2 part series)

By: Kysasurina Adhikari, BS Political Science, The Ohio State University, Class of 2021 

Asian Americans are diverse and the fastest-growing racial group in America. They can trace their roots to more than 20 origin groups in East, Southeast, and South Asia, each with unique cultures and histories. Asians have been in the United States for more than 160 years and have long been targets of violent bigotry. The history of Asian Americans is one of exclusion, violence, and dehumanization. Continue Reading >

Your vote can change our criminal justice system

By: YWCA Columbus Board Alumni Member Judge Laurel Beatty Blunt | The Columbus Dispatch

Throughout our country, communities are working to develop a better understanding of our criminal justice system. I get a lot of questions from residents who are trying to determine what they can do to actively impact the criminal justice system in our county, especially with the recent uptick in calls for reform. My answer is simple and always the same: Register, educate yourself on the issues and the candidates, and vote. Continue Reading >


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