Social Justice & Advocacy

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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. 

2020 August & November Election Information


We’re proud to partner with The Equity Alliance and The League of Women Voters to share information on the upcoming elections. Below, please find resources and educational materials to help you navigate this year’s electoral calendar and make the best choices on candidates in the municipal, state, and federal elections.

Download The Equity Alliance Voting Guides for Nashville, Memphis, and Chattanooga.

Download The League of Women Voters’ Guide to Absentee Voting and Early Voting Handout.


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.

Make Your Voice Heard

Contacting your representatives about issues you feel passionately about is an important civic duty. Raise your voice to promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.