Racial Justice & Gender Equity: What We're Doing
In partnership with United Way of Bexar County and San Antonio, our project builds on YWCA San Antonio’s equity and advocacy program, to create awareness about
wage inequality which disproportionately impacts women of color.
Learn more about how women of color in San Antonio are still underpaid! Visit the Wage Gap page here.
On October 5, 2020 the YWCA San Antonio Staff began the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge. Now, we invite San Antonio to take the 21 Day Challenge. For more go to the 21 Day Challenge Page here.
***Thank you to YWCA Cleveland for inspiring us to take the challenge and create one for our San Antonio community.
YWCA San Antonio received a grant of $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Global Grand Challenges” program to elevate diverse voices and broaden the national conversation about racism, poverty, and economic
The project titled, “Why Can’t They Just…” will consist of a multimedia public awareness campaign involving videos of days in the lives of women of color working in hospitality, caregiving, and food service industries in the city. Videos and stories provided by these individuals will answer the questions often posed by those who misunderstand the causes of poverty, such as “Why can’t they just get a job? …or go back to school? …or take better care of their health?”
The project was chosen as an example of new ways to bring personal stories to life to help others better understand why people fall into or remain stuck in poverty and what the obstacles are to building and maintaining economic security.
Read the full press release here: YWCA Gates Press Release Final
The work of racial justice must include having conversations and engaging in community dialogue about racial injustice in our community. Check out our podcast to stay on top of our conversations on gender and race: https://anchor.fm/ywcasa
For a presentation deck, please reach out to Coda Rayo-Garza at firstname.lastname@example.org
Racial Justice Reading List: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/faculty-research/library-knowledge-services/collections/diversity-inclusion-belonging/anti-racist
Implicit Bias Test: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/index.jsp
Advocacy and Research
Racism is a public health crisis. Read our letter of support for the City of San Antonio resolution here –> READ FULL LETTER