YWTF is a movement by and for younger women to fight for social justice. Together we form a diverse and inclusive group on the local and national levels.
Members within YWTF of Greater Lafayette are talking about getting wins related to our demands. You can read more here.
“We really want women, specifically, to feel like they can and do represent Greater Lafayette,” Pacheco said. “I think a huge piece of that is really seeing yourself as person who has a stake in what happens here in this community.”
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CHANGE: Our focus is certainly on changing the things that do not work for us. But more importantly, we want to create new. We need the kind of world we’ve never seen before.
INCLUSION: All of our members should feel welcome, and that they have access to resources and information they need. ALL of our members need to work to include all.
INTERSECTIONALITY: We are committed to exploring together how issues affect anyone who identifies as a woman.
CREATIVITY: We are interested in thinking as if there are no rules. We need the freedom to create so that we can break down walls to the future.
TRANSPARENCY: We have interest in being open and honest. We want to be a resource for knowledge and to allow people the ability to openly work on issues they care about. We always want to show our commitment to Greater Lafayette.
WOMEN BUILDING WOMEN: We want to contribute to each other’s survival.
EQUALITY/EQUITY: Justice means more than equality. Women and men, specifically, are socialized in different ways in our world that makes the needs of women unique. The radicalized experiences of women of color make their needs unique. Everyone deserves shoes–but more specifically, they need shoes that fit.
LEARNING: We want to share, bringing our knowledge into the space, and remember that learning is continuous throughout our lives and our work.
ASSET BASED APPROACH: What can others teach me? How can we think of the assets of a community before focusing on its deficits?
Back in 2004, Alison Stein sat down with her boss to talk about how young women needed a space for activism. Not only did Stein’s boss want to help, as the chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) she could. Within weeks, Stein found 25 other women leaders who wanted to join her. Together they became the National Coordinating Committee for the Younger Women’s Task Force. The movement grew the following year when 130 women from 42 different states came to Washington, D.C., to draft a Younger Women’s issues agenda. The group also established YWTF chapters across the country and officially commenced the work of the Task Force.
The Younger Women’s Task Force of Greater Lafayette was founded in 2016 by 10 radical women who care about issues that affect women.
YWTF is, above all, a community founded on the belief that we can work within and beyond the women’s movement to change the things we care about.