Who We Are

YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world.

Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 106 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in some 250 local associations in the United States. YWCA Metro St. Louis has served St. Louis women and their families for more nearly 120 years!

More important than the numbers, is our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women’s rights and civil rights in Congress. We recognize that women of all ages and races face challenges in achieving equality, financial stability, self-sufficiency, and well-being.

Women come to us in times of crisis, as survivors of rape, homelessness or domestic violence. They also come for economic empowerment, to educate their children, and to work for racial justice. They come for a variety of reasons. And they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives.

Our Mission

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

Our Values


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