The 2015 YWCA USA Annual Conference was centered around advocacy for paid sick leave, protections against domestic violence and an end to racial profiling. The Annual Conference was held from June 4-6 in Washington, D.C. and was followed by the Women of Distinction Awards. During the Conference and Gala the YWCA USA celebrated the incredible achievements of extraordinary leaders who serve as role models for women and girls. The awards recognize women in the areas of: Advocacy and Civic Engagement, Corporate Social Responsibility, Media and Journalism, Women’s Empowerment and Racial Justice. This year’s honorees were: Linda Sarsour, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Beverly Bond.
YWCA USA also recognized three local YWCA associations for their outstanding work in the areas of women’s empowerment, racial justice, and advocacy.
There are more than 220 local YWCA associations in the United States providing critically important services and supports in communities large and small, urban and rural. Richardson-Heron said, “We are humbled and honored to highlight the excellent work that YWCAs across the country do everyday to meet the critical needs of women and their families and create change in their communities.”