What is YWTF?
YWTF is a movement by and for younger women to fight for social justice. Together we form a diverse and inclusive group of activists, organizers, allies, and professionals on the local and national levels. But we’re also a community founded on the belief that we can work within and beyond the women’s movement to change the things we care about.
What exactly do we care about? Here’s a list of our demands.
Fair pay for women
Equal access to education
Stop violence against women
An end to human trafficking
A focus on intersectionality
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, but 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 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.
Our Relationship with AAUW
In 2013, YWTF found a new home with AAUW, and we now operate as an affiliated entity of the organization. So if you’re a member of YWTF, you’re also a member of AAUW. This affiliation is a great match, since AAUW has been empowering women for 130 years longer than we have. And AAUW provides a huge group of allies and advocates of all ages to help us with our work!