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about us

The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world.  Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 120 countries, including 2 million members in 300 local associations in the United States. The YWCA Ames at ISU opened in 1890, making us the oldest women's organization in Story County. We are now one of four YWCA's that is still located on a college campus.

More important than the numbers is our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.  We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders and advocate for women's rights and civil rights in Congress. 


YWCA associations are divided nationally by regions.  Our regional associations allow us to pool resources, provide additional services and training and advocate for change at the national, state and local levels.

To learn more about the YWCA, visit

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