ywca women's health

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most critical social movements for more than 150 years — from women’s empowerment and civil rights, to affordable housing and pay equity, to violence prevention and health care.


1888: The YWCA of Brooklyn was founded; it remains the only YWCA in New York City with its own facility.

1890:  opens the first public nursing school in the United States

1927:  builds its current Third Avenue facility

1943:  becomes the first YWCA in the country to racially integrate its programs and residence

1940’s: offers free sex education classes for young women

1960’s: supports civil rights struggles throughout the nation.

1971: pioneers one of the nation’s first women drop-in centers complete with daycare and social workers for women in crisis.

1976:  opens program for survivors of domestic violence.

1980:  founds a child development center

1994:  establishes award winning women’s health programs

2005: adopts a new strategic plan with renewed commitment to the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women

2006: raises capital to build additional housing and a new community center

2007: breaks ground on its ambitious renovation project

2010: completes expansion of affordable housing with over 300 units for low income women

2011: opens new community center dedicated to social justice       initiatives

2013: celebrates its 125th Anniversary

2015: expands economic empowerment & advocacy initiatives
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