Meetings & Events


Women of Color Leading Change: Policies that Break Down Barriers and Open Opportunity

Date & time

April 27, 2017

14:00 PM–15:30 PM


Washington, D.C.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
2:00 to 3:30 PM
House Visitor Center, 201 A&B
First Street NE, Washington, DC 20515

Today, women make up 57 percent of the labor force and currently outpace men in obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees. Despite these statistics, women, and women of color specifically, are still underrepresented in leadership roles across fields and sectors. For example, women of color comprise only 6% of elected officials nationwide. In Congress, there are only 40 sitting women of color out of 535 seats.

Across sectors, women of color have made incredible gains over the last 50 years, but still face immense barriers. On Thursday, April 27, YWCA USA will host a National Day of Action briefing to kick off our 10th annual Stand Against Racism. This briefing will delve into public policies that address these barriers to leadership.

We will present a panel of women of color leaders in different sectors who have been trailblazers in their communities. Each panelist will discuss the barriers they have had to overcome, and discuss the public policy solutions that could help break down such barriers.

Hosted by YMCA of the USA

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*Event not hosted by NHSA