Welcome to the Stand Against Racism Challenge!
This year, we are excited to introduce the Stand Against Racism Challenge to help foster a virtual community of growth and learning around social, systemic, and institutional racial inequity. This YWCA USA national initiative, created in partnership with YWCA Greater Cleveland, is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. This opportunity is open to anyone and will provide participants with daily challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experiences, and so much more.
During the month of April, participants will have the opportunity to learn and engage with challenges about racial inequity within the following topics:
- Critical Race Theory
- Reproductive Justice
- Living Wage
- Film and Television
Participation in this virtual community of growth helps us to discover how racial and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.
The Stand Against Racism Challenge runs for 21 days.
New content is published daily (except for weekends) for the duration of the challenge. Each week we cover a different topic relating to equity and social justice. Below are the four topics we plan on covering this year, although not necessarily in this order.
Critical Race Theory
YWCA is committed to antiracism and a key part of this mission is to ensure that children learn a truthful accounting of our country’s history of systemic racism and how that legacy continues to impact our lives today. This week will explore what Critical Race Theory is, the misconceptions surrounding it, and what participants can do to act.
- What is Critical Race Theory?
- Racism in School Curriculum
- Teaching the Next Generation
- Legislative Backlash to CRT
- Truth and Healing
Over a quarter of America’s workers make less than $15 per hour. Women of color are disproportionately likely to make less than a living wage. We are going to talk about how raising the minimum wage to a living wage could be a powerful tool for closing the racial and gender wealth gaps, the history of the sub-minimum wage, and why paying a living wage is key to an equitable workplace.
- What is Living Wage?
- Minimum Wage
- Racist History of Tipping
- Closing the Racial & Gender Wealth Gap
- Organizational Values
Film and Television
Film and television are powerful mediums and have been instrumental both in perpetuating racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia, as well as breaking ground and helping Americans envision a more equitable world.
- Racism & the Origins of Film
- LGBTQ+ Representation
- The War on Terror & Islamophobia on Screen
- Power of Representation
For more than fifty years, YWCA USA has supported the reproductive freedom of all people to make fundamental decisions about whether and when to have children. Abortion bans could push young women out of the workplace and limit their education and careers, with lifelong consequences for themselves and their families.
- Period Poverty
- Sex Education
- Legal Restrictions
- Police Violence & Reproductive Justice