Together we form a diverse and inclusive group of: activists, organizers, allies, and professionals working to change the things we care about.
Who we Are
YWTF is a nationwide, grassroots movement dedicated to organizing younger women and their allies to take action in their communities.
The YWTF-DC chapter was started so that the many passionate, young professional women in Washington, DC could create a space where a woman knows her worth and feels empowered to make sure her employer knows too; to create a network of young, professional DC women and allies to cultivate a lasting effect on their communities. We work to uphold the notion that one woman isn’t free until all of us are.
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. We are so excited to keep this alive today.
Our Relationship with AAUW
In 2013, YWTF found a new home with AAUW, and we now operate as an affiliated entity of the organization. That means that if you’re a member of YWTF, you’re also a member of AAUW, which is awesome since AAUW’s been a community empowering women for 124 years longer than we have and provides a huge group of allies and advocates of all ages to help us with our work.