The YWCA of Bethlehem partakes in advocacy to promote policies on the local, state, and national levels that support our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. YWCA staff and volunteers have worked on issues including Violence Against WomenHate CrimesChild CareHealth Care and CEDAW. Please click on the links for more information on each issue and the YWCA’s position.

The YWCA of Bethlehem participated in two very special events in 2013.

  • International Women’s Day at the UN, March 8, 2013 – several YWCA supporters attended to advocate to eliminate and prevent all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls.

YWCA staff and volunteers attend International Women's Day at the United Nations on 3/8/13.

  • Equal Pay Day, April 9, 2013.  The YWCA of Bethlehem attended Unhappy Hour, visited federal elected officials, received proclamations from the  mayors of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, presented separate workshops for college students and working women on how to ask for money/salary from employers, did radio shows and more. Read the Morning Call Opinion Piece.

YWCA and AAUW staff visit with Rep. Dent.


YWCA’s first-ever, in-district Advocacy Day was held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 when YWCAs from across the country  met with legislators to advocate for policies that promote the economic empowerment and security of working women and families! Please join us as we call for paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, and job-protected safe leave for survivors of domestic violence.

If you would like to get involved with advocacy with the YWCA of Bethlehem, please contact Stephanie Hnatiw 610-867-4669, ext, 102

For more information on YWCA policies, positions, and issue fact sheets, please visit the YWCA USA’s advocacy website.