Public Policy

Take action with YWCA. Guided by our public policy, YWCA Clark County is at the forefront of eliminating racism and women's empowerment in Clark County, Washington State and the US. Our public policy is a bold reflection of our mission. It is reviewed, maintained and pursued by a committee of staff, board and community volunteers. 

All statements on this page have been approved by YWCA Clark County's Board of Directors. Priority issues are based on relevance to our mission; actual or potential impact on our clients, programs, and community; and opportunities for leadership and/or collaboration with other organizations. A PDF of our complete policy statements can be accessed here.

eliminating racism

Eliminating racism is a main component of our organizational work. YWCA Clark County supports policies that contribute to the elimination of racism. This includes, but is not limited to, policies that address racial profiling, immigrant rights, affirmative action, and hate crimes and result in increased education on racism and its elimination.

Empowering women

Women's empowerment is a main component of all our programs. We work to empower women to make their own choices in life, whether they have been a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, have been incarcerated, or have found themselves homeless.

2016 Candidate Questionnaire

YWCA Clark County sent out questionnaires to all candidates from Clark County legislative districts that are running for the Washington State legislature in 2016. The questions address policy and investment in sexual assault victim services.

Please note that as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, we cannot support or oppose any candidate for public office. {Learn More}


To learn more about YWCA's Clark County Public Policy Committee, contact Stephanie Barr, Director of Programs, at 360-906-9143 or

Click here to visit YWCA USA and learn about YWCA's national policy work.