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YWCA USA Organize Your Butterflies

This episode of Organize Your Butterflies features a vibrant and thought provoking conversation between Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO, YWCA and Peggy Nagae, Senior Consultant at White Men as Full Diversity Partners and the co-chair of the Diversity Task Force for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Topics discussed include: the profound legacy of the […]

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Race Against Racism

In early March we faced a decision brought on by the pandemic.  The scheduled 22nd annual  Race Against Racism was coming up and it was becoming clear that a gathering of 3000 individuals running a 5K through the city of Lancaster was not wise nor safe.  As we reviewed options, the question arose, “Should we […]

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YWCA has been here before (letter)

The 1918 flu pandemic was the most severe in recent history, causing an estimated 675,000 deaths in the U.S. In the spring of 1918, YWCA Lancaster had just opened the doors to its now-historic building. Six thousand women visited the first week — at a time when women couldn’t vote or control their own money, […]

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Day of Action – 2020

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Supporters are invited to participate on social media and share a photo wearing teal on the Day of Action on April 7th Harrisburg, PA –The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) commemorates the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April with their ‘I Ask’ campaign to highlight how […]

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Virtual Race Against Racism

YWCA Lancaster Race Against Racism Goes Virtual Lancaster, PA. (March 20, 2020) – YWCA Lancaster announced that the longest consecutive-running Race Against Racism in the United States will be held virtually this year to prioritize the health and safety of the runners, volunteers and staff following recommended guidelines from CDC health and government officials. “Our […]

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We All Count! Census 2020

Host: Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA Guest: Natalie Cone, State Advocacy and Civil Engagement Manager, YWCA USA Title: We All Count! Census 2020 Description: When the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census every ten years, it determines not only the number of people living in the United States. It also determines political representation and annual allocations of more […]

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YWomenVote 2020: A Conversation with America’s Women

Women want the nation’s leaders to listen and take action on issues that directly impact them. And we are urging leaders to pay attention – starting in New Hampshire. Women are powerful advocates on the issues that matter.  As leaders of their families and trusted advisers in their communities, YWCA is working to ensure that […]

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Women Supporting Women: Mobilizing Women in 2019 and Beyond

December 6, 2019 Episode #24 Subscribe to the Organize Your Butterflies Podcast: APPLE PODCASTS  |  GOOGLE PLAY  |  STITCHER  |  SPOTIFY | TUNEIN | RSS   In the latest episode of “Organize Your Butterflies,” YWCA USA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo chats with Cecile Richards, a co-founder of Supermajority, a New York Times bestselling author for her  book Make Trouble, and the former President of […]

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Moms Equal Pay: Closing the Wage Gap

YWCA USA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo was interviewed by USA TODAY about the wage gap, as the organization joined the National Women’s Law Center and other nonprofits in “commemorating” Moms Equal Pay Day on June 10—the date marking how far into the year that the average working mom has to work to earn what the average […]

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Hearing Fear, Not Acting On It: Discussing Conversations About Racism

This episode of Organize Your Butterflies features a conversation with YWCA National Capital Area CEO Monica Gray. The discussion includes suggestions on how to best engage in difficult conversations about race and racism, the significance of lending helpful tools and language to make the conversation productive and civil, and learning to hear people’s fear rather […]

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