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What Women Want

Updated: Aug 7, 2019


YWCA’s national survey of women in the U.S. identified top public policy priorities of women and included an important focus on the voices of Black, Latina, Asian, Native, and millennial women. Commissioned by YWCA and led by Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners and Linda DiVall of American Viewpoint, What Women Want 2018 seeks to ensure that women’s issues are at the forefront of policy discussions and highlights that:


  • The lives of women — across race, age, education, and party affiliation — are deeply connected around their needs and concerns for their families and their future. Women’s top concerns include gun violence, medical expenses, access to health care and health insurance, caregiving for children and aging relatives, paying for college, housing and other expenses, job security and flexibility, and access to mental health services and reproductive health care.

  • There is broad and deep support among women that Congress should act on key economic, civil rights, health and safety, caregiving, and immigration issues.

  • Discrimination continues to be a major issue for women, with two in five women reporting that they have experienced discrimination because they are women (a nine percent increase over 2012), and women of color also reporting racial and ethnic discrimination.

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