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YWCA Metro St. Louis Joins YWCA USA in Capitol Hill Briefing on YWOMEN Vote Survey

YWCA Leaders Brief Capitol Hill

Dr. Cheryl Watkins, MBA, far right, was one of only five regional YWCA leaders selected to participate in the Hill briefing activities with YWCA USA.

September 20, 2022/St. Louis, Missouri – In a briefing held September 14, YWCA USA brought leaders together to highlight the findings from its 5th national YWomenVote survey.  The findings represent the voices of more than 3,500 women across the nation and reflect their top economic, health, safety, and societal concerns and priorities for Congress ahead of November’s Midterm elections. YWCA Metro St. Louis President and CEO Dr. Cheryl Watkins, MBA, was one of only five YWCA leaders asked to participate in a variety of Hill briefing activities.


A small group of YWCA association leaders from across the country joined YWCA USA to lead this in-depth conversation tying the survey’s findings to the work they do each day serving nearly two million women, children, and families.


YWomenVote’s 2022 midterm election survey is unique in that it centers on women of color, particularly young women of color—whose voices are critical, yet frequently overlooked in policy discussions even though they are among the fastest growing voting constituencies in the nation.


These findings underscore what YWCA USA found in its previous survey, released in February; women are remarkably united—across race, ethnicity, party identification, and socioeconomic and disability status—in supporting policy solutions that address the concerns and needs they have for themselves and their families.


Among significant findings: 81% of Gen Z women of color want Congressional action to protect access to abortion.70% of women overall want action to expand access to high quality childcare.80% of Gen Z women of color and 75% of Millennial women of color are concerned about mass shootings and gun violence.


Margaret Mitchell, YWCA USA’s CEO, remarked, “Today, as YWCAs work in our communities to return to pre-pandemic service levels, we are still feeling and seeing firsthand what our families need to survive. As Members of Congress return to Washington, D.C. this week, YWCAs are coming together to elevate and remind our elected officials of what must be accomplished to ensure our families and communities thrive. Critical investments in childcare, gender-based violence funding, and other frontline services are critical to our communities, and they need to happen NOW.”


Dr. Watkins agreed, adding, “Young women today are the first generation in half a century to enter adulthood without the fundamental right to make reproductive health care decisions about their own bodies. As the largest generation in the U.S. today, Gen Z—particularly Gen Z women of color—will feel the biggest impacts. It is time we listen and make decisions that solidify their futures and allow their voices to be heard.”


*Survey Methodology: This online survey was designed and conducted by Finn Partners. It reached a total of N=3,354 women nationwide between June 21, 2022, and August 2, 2022. This sample is inclusive of oversamples of women in six states (N=400 in each of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas), younger women of color (N=200 Gen Z, N=200 millennial), and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women (N=81), all of which were weighted down to the appropriate size nationwide. The combined reach of this survey and additional oversamples enabled examination of demographic subgroups by race and ethnicity (Black women, Hispanic women/Latinas, Asian American and Pacific Islander women, and American Indian/Alaska Native women), and by generation.

YWCA Metro St. Louis is the region’s leading advocate for the safety, security and stability of women and children, serving approximately 11,000 women, girls, and families annually. The mission of YWCA is eliminating racism and empowering women. YWCA offers housing for homeless women; crisis intervention and rapid re-housing for victims of sexual and domestic violence; economic empowerment for all clients; Head Start and Early Head Start early childhood education; services for pregnant women; teen leadership; and racial justice educational programs.

YWCA 24-Hour Help Line:  314-531-7273

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