Social Justice & Advocacy

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Click here to read YWCA’s comments on Public Chapter 493 to TN Dept. of Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn (Aug. 11, 2021)  


YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Social justice is embedded into the work we do internally as an organization and externally in the community with our clients and partner organizations. Our advocacy efforts are focused on:

  • Health & Safety
  • Empowerment & Economic Advancement
  • Civil & Human Rights

Click here to view YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee’s detailed Advocacy Platform. 

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee offers facilitated conversations on racial justice and equity for any organization or group that participates in the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge. If you or your organization would like to have a facilitated conversation, please contact our Senior Manager of Social Justice & Advocacy at:


Archived Advocacy Letters/Comments

3-6-20 Click here to read our letter to Rep. David Hawk on H.B. 2529 to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.

10-17-19 Click here to read our comments YWCA submitted to CMS and the Bureau of TennCare on the proposed Block Grant. 

12-17-18 Click here to read our letter to Gov. Bill Haslam requesting clemency for Cyntoia Brown

10-16-18 Click here to read our comments to the Bureau of TennCare on Amendment 38 (Work Requirements)


Register to Vote in Tennessee

Did you know Tennessee ranks 50th in the nation for voter turnout? We have to do better! If you're not registered, take a few minutes to do so today, or share the link with some friends.

Pledge to Stand Against Racism

We are committed to fighting racism and prejudice in our community. Will you join us? Take the pledge now and mark your calendars to attend our annual Stand Against Racism event in the spring.