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Your YWCA in Greater Cincinnati

Our Mission

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

JOIN US in our mission to promote economic equality, prevent violence, ensure safety and end discrimination. Our work is more important now than ever, and we rely on our community of allies to join our effort.

Learn more our advocacy efforts that directly advance our mission and vision, and clearly promotes our three signature platforms: Racial Justice & Civil Rights, Safety of Women and Girls, Empowerment & Economic Advancement of Women & Girls. Advocacy plan

Our Values

YWCA Greater Cincinnati collaboratively identified the core values that drive our work and connect us to the community and one another.

Passion for Our Mission

Modeling Our Mission

Shared Leadership and Collaboration

Servant Leadership

Honesty and Transparency

Equitable and Compassionate

Respect for All


Assuming Positive Intent

Hard Work and Diligence

Commitment to Quality

Joyful Spirit


Our Legacy

YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world and has been at the forefront of most of the pressing social movements for more than 150 years.

Affordable Housing

Civil Rights

Pay Equity

Violence Prevention

Health Care Reform

Voting Rights

Learn More about our history

Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Founded in 1868 as the fifth YWCA association in the United States the YWCA has always tackled women’s issues.

At its inception, YWCA championed initiatives including a women’s employment bureau, minimum wage, protective labor laws, women’s suffrage, and job training for women. YWCA Greater Cincinnati was at the forefront of racial justice advocacy, establishing the first integrated cafeteria where interracial groups
could eat in the 1950s.

Since the 1970s, YWCA has provided services to victims of intimate partner violence and their children. The organization strives to build a coordinated community effort to provide the most comprehensive approach to prevention and intervention of intimate partner violence in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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