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Beyond the Male Gaze

November 30, 2022

With YWCA Greater Austin’s upcoming end of year event, Solidarity: Beyond the Male Gaze, it is important to break down the history of the male gaze as well as the progression of the idea first coined by Laura Mulvey. In 1975 Mulvey published “Visual Pleasure in narrative Cinema” which began a new conversation in film…

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Revisiting A Stolen History: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples

November 16, 2022

Earlier this year we celebrated the International Day of the Indigenous Peoples and with that, we celebrate the many contributions, successes, and fierce history of the Indigenous nations. With Thanksgiving day fast approaching, I thought it necessary and vitally important to revisit the importance of Indigenous peoples and their representation. As written previously, the film…

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Fighting in Solidarity: YWCAs of Texas Urge You to Vote

November 1, 2022

YWCAs across Texas are on a mission to encourage you to prioritize women/girls, trans, non-binary, and people of color with your vote this year. Through a get out the vote video project, YWCAs across the stare are wanting you to vote with Texas women, rans, non-binary, and people of color in mind. Women are the…

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A Push for Feminist Intersectional Solidarity: A Look at Dia De Los Muertos

October 19, 2022

HISTORY OF DDLM Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. “In Mexico, death rites date from pre-Hispanic rituals represented in murals, painted pottery, monuments, and artifacts, which shows how the Day…

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Women DEMAND ACTION: Register to vote by October 11 then Get Out and Vote!

October 4, 2022

On June 28, 1919, the Texas legislature approved a resolution ratifying the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote making Texas the ninth state in the U.S. and the first state in the South to ratify the amendment. Throughout the years we have seen many changes and new challenges for women. This year,…

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The Case for Latine

September 21, 2022

As Hispanic Heritage Month begins, I reflect on the terminology and language we all use to identify ourselves. Every day we hear people referring to themselves as Hispanic, Latino/a, Latinx, Mexican American, etc. Often, language is used to exclude or include certain populations, make assumptions, and place judgment. This makes is more important than ever…

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Get Out the Vote: Empower Yourself, Use Your Voice

September 6, 2022

Having the right to vote is not something that was just given to us. Through years and years of struggle, our ancestors fought and struggled so that we could have a voice today. At the start of this country, voting was limited to white male property owners, which in turn limited much of the population…

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Building Back: Celebrating Black Business Month

August 23, 2022

This month we celebrate National Black Business Month, which is a time organizations, businesses, individuals, and communities recognize Black businesses across the country. However, as we celebrate this very vital and important month, we must also reflect on our country’s history of violence, hate, and deep seeded racism. Our country was not always in a…

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The Reel Me: Representation Matters

August 17, 2022

Recently I was reflecting on all the media I was exposed to as a child and quickly realized that there were no real characters that showed me myself. I had a mainly nondiverse group of characters to watch and was never able to look at the tv and say, “she looks like me.” Realizing this…

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A Stolen History: Celebrating the International Day of the Indigenous Peoples

August 10, 2022

Yesterday we celebrated the International Day of the Indigenous Peoples and with that, we celebrate the many contributions, successes, and fierce history of the Indigenous nations. One such recent example is a new film. On Friday, August 5, 2022, the new Predator franchise movie Prey was released on Hulu and quickly became the most watched…

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Beyond the Male Gaze

With YWCA Greater Austin’s upcoming end of year event, Solidarity: Beyond the Male Gaze, it is important to break down the history of the male gaze as well as the progression of the idea first coined by Laura Mulvey. In 1975 Mulvey published “Visual Pleasure in narrative Cinema” which began a new conversation in film…

Read More

Revisiting A Stolen History: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples

Earlier this year we celebrated the International Day of the Indigenous Peoples and with that, we celebrate the many contributions, successes, and fierce history of the Indigenous nations. With Thanksgiving day fast approaching, I thought it necessary and vitally important to revisit the importance of Indigenous peoples and their representation. As written previously, the film…

Read More

Fighting in Solidarity: YWCAs of Texas Urge You to Vote

YWCAs across Texas are on a mission to encourage you to prioritize women/girls, trans, non-binary, and people of color with your vote this year. Through a get out the vote video project, YWCAs across the stare are wanting you to vote with Texas women, rans, non-binary, and people of color in mind. Women are the…

Read More

A Push for Feminist Intersectional Solidarity: A Look at Dia De Los Muertos

HISTORY OF DDLM Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. “In Mexico, death rites date from pre-Hispanic rituals represented in murals, painted pottery, monuments, and artifacts, which shows how the Day…

Read More

Women DEMAND ACTION: Register to vote by October 11 then Get Out and Vote!

On June 28, 1919, the Texas legislature approved a resolution ratifying the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote making Texas the ninth state in the U.S. and the first state in the South to ratify the amendment. Throughout the years we have seen many changes and new challenges for women. This year,…

Read More

The Case for Latine

As Hispanic Heritage Month begins, I reflect on the terminology and language we all use to identify ourselves. Every day we hear people referring to themselves as Hispanic, Latino/a, Latinx, Mexican American, etc. Often, language is used to exclude or include certain populations, make assumptions, and place judgment. This makes is more important than ever…

Read More

Get Out the Vote: Empower Yourself, Use Your Voice

Having the right to vote is not something that was just given to us. Through years and years of struggle, our ancestors fought and struggled so that we could have a voice today. At the start of this country, voting was limited to white male property owners, which in turn limited much of the population…

Read More

Building Back: Celebrating Black Business Month

This month we celebrate National Black Business Month, which is a time organizations, businesses, individuals, and communities recognize Black businesses across the country. However, as we celebrate this very vital and important month, we must also reflect on our country’s history of violence, hate, and deep seeded racism. Our country was not always in a…

Read More

The Reel Me: Representation Matters

Recently I was reflecting on all the media I was exposed to as a child and quickly realized that there were no real characters that showed me myself. I had a mainly nondiverse group of characters to watch and was never able to look at the tv and say, “she looks like me.” Realizing this…

Read More

A Stolen History: Celebrating the International Day of the Indigenous Peoples

Yesterday we celebrated the International Day of the Indigenous Peoples and with that, we celebrate the many contributions, successes, and fierce history of the Indigenous nations. One such recent example is a new film. On Friday, August 5, 2022, the new Predator franchise movie Prey was released on Hulu and quickly became the most watched…

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Three Years Later: How are we still here?

Today marks 3 years since the terrible mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. Having grown up in El Paso this truly devastated me. I can remember waking up that morning as if it was any other day, but upon commencing my morning routine of checking the news I saw something that would shake my world.…

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The Evolution of Feminist Frequency: Women in Video Games and Culture

Video gaming has often been seen as a world dominated by a male audience, viewership, and consumerism. However, more recently there has been a surge of women who are consuming this form of media at a rapid rate. In the late 2000’s, Anita Sarkeesian came onto the scene and changed the way we look at video…

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The Green Wave: Safe and Legal Abortions

Latin America has a long standing tradition of its people fighting against militant governments for their rights as a community. From Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo) during La Guerra Sucia (the Dirty War) to the fight for abortion rights in Argentina, the color green has been symbolic…

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YWCA Greater Austin receives $1 million donation from MacKenzie Scott

The YWCA of Greater Austin has received a $1 million dollar donation from MacKenzie Scott. The donation is part of Scott’s $4.2 billion-dollar philanthropic effort to support organizations serving underserved communities during the pandemic.  MacKenzie Scott is a novelist and philanthropist committed to supporting organizations working for social issues such as racial equity, LGBTQ rights,…

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End of Year Giving: Your support goes a long way!

In this time of giving its always important to be there for one another. Help us serve others through our various programs by donating to our end of Year Giving Campaign. Donate by clicking here. Remember, Instead of — you can $10 – Fancy cup of coffee — provides toys and art materials for children’s therapy…

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Giving Tuesday

December 1, 2020 Your support goes a long way! Instead of — you can$10 – Fancy cup of coffee — provides toys and art materials for children’s therapy session $25 – Tank of gas — providing a career service session with a social support specialist $50 – Two new books — help someone in urgent need access…

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The Not JUST Mental Health Symposium Starts Tuesday!

October 25, 2020 Not JUST Mental Health: The impact of sociocultural, environmental & systemic factors  VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM: Tuesday, October 27- Thursday, October 29, 2020 Sponsored by Bumble, Austin Lakes Hospital, Rock Springs, Advisors for Change, and InSync Healthcare Solutions LLC For 113 years, YWCA Greater Austin has been a social justice leader in the community, advancing…

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Early Bird Pricing Ending Soon

September 28, 2020 Not JUST Mental Health: The impact of sociocultural, environmental & systemic factors  VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM: Tuesday, October 27- Thursday, October 29, 2020 Reserve your ticket today! Early-bird pricing ends on Wednesday, September 30th. For 113 years, YWCA Greater Austin has been a social justice leader in the community, advancing our mission towards the Elimination of…

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This past weekend we mourned. Today we fight.

September 21, 2020 This past weekend we mourned, cried, and sent virtual grief hugs to our staff, volunteers, board, and our community due to the passing of iconic shero, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Today we fight. As we continue wiping these tears from our faces and sending condolences to Justice Ginsberg’s family and our nation, we are reminded of Justice Ginsburg’s message in her final days ” My most fervent wish Is that I not be replaced until a new President Is installed”. ~Naya Diaz, Executive Director, YWCA Greater Austin In honor of Ruth…

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YWCA Greater Austin Mental Health Symposium

September 10, 2020 Not JUST Mental Health: The impact of sociocultural, environmental & systemic factors  VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM: Tuesday, October 27- Thursday, October 29, 2020 For 113 years, YWCA Greater Austin has been a social justice leader in the community, advancing our mission towards the Elimination of Racism and the Empowerment of Women. In collaboration Huston Tillotson…

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Call for Presenters

July 12, 2020 YWCA Greater Austin Mental Health Symposium  Not JUST Mental Health: The impact of sociocultural, environmental & systemic factors  VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM Tuesday, October 27- Thursday, October 29, 2020 For 113 years, YWCA Greater Austin has been a social justice leader in the community, advancing our mission towards the Elimination of Racism and the Empowerment…

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UPCOMING EVENT: YWCA GREATER AUSTIN VIRTUAL MENTAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

NOT JUST MENTAL HEALTH: THE IMPACT OF SOCIOCULTURAL, ENVIRONMENTAL & SYSTEMIC FACTORS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27- THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020 For 113 years, YWCA Greater Austin has been a social justice leader in the community, advancing our mission towards the Elimination of Racism and the Empowerment of Women. In collaboration Huston Tillotson University College of Arts &…

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Join Us in Saying Their Names and Demand Justice

YWCA Austin wishes to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd. We stand with the Minneapolis and St. Paul community. Yet again, we are outraged by the violence against and murder of people of color in America due to police brutality. We also wish to highlight the contrast of the…

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We Are Hear for You

It never crossed my mind once that I would find myself writing to you in the midst of a world pandemic, yet here I am, doing exactly that.  Although it may feel like we are living in uncertain times, I feel hopeful that we all find strength, compassion and courage to help us navigate these…

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An Update from YWCAGreater Austin

Thank you for changing lives and strengthening our community. Today, we find ourselves again on the front lines as the Covid-19 pandemic has touched us all. Covid-19 represents a new and additional disparity that sits atop the already existing mental health and social justice issues that have been at the heart of our organizational mission…

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YWCA COVID-19 Update

In response to current COVID-19 recommendations, YWCA Greater Austin has ceased the provision of in-person services effective 3/14 until further notice. We will be working with clients through tele-services. We understand the stress that this situation may cause and apologize for any disruptions. The health, safety, and well-being of our clients, staff, and volunteers is our number…

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Help us Amplify our Mission

Have you joined the movement and helped us #AmplifyAustin2020? If not, no worries – It’s not too late! You have until 6 PM TODAY to join us in the fun(draising)! Don’t miss out –  a little goes a long way when we give and get together! #AmplifyATX #EmpowerWomen #EliminateRacism Thank you to all who have contributed, we cannot…

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Today’s the day! 24 hours of fundraising begins NOW! 

#AmplifyAustin2020 is officially underway. Use the donation button above within the next 24 hours to join our mission to eliminate racism and empower women! Help us #AmplifyATX! For 113 years, YWCA has been on a mission to empower women, their children and their families and to transform the Greater Austin Community. Whether through affordable and…

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Introducing YWCA’s Executive Director

Naya Diaz comes to the YWCA with over 18+ years of social justice experience in both the nonprofit and social impact sectors with a specialization in transformative leadership and human resources. Most of Naya’s career has focused in serving marginalized communities with ongoing efforts of impacting immigrant and low-income communities. She has 10+ years in HR management and talent acquisition…

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Thank you for Amplifying Our Mission

At the heart of every YWCA is the demand for a world of equity and human decency. As a collective 203 organizations nationally, we envision a world free from injustice. During this holiday season we celebrate our voices rising together, honoring the over 160,000 community members in programs that tackle racism and inequality – because…

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