Meet the Women of YWTF
Maybe you’ve moved to a new city and want to meet new people, or perhaps you’re just ready to try something new. Find like-minded women who want to network, develop their leadership skills, advocate around the issues most important to women, and meet new friends. Read more about some of the women who have found a community with us, and then reach out to a YWTF chapter in your neighborhood!
What YWTF Members Are Doing
Leading Her Chapter
Meet Aisha Springer, the co-director of the YWTF Baltimore (MD) Chapter. She has been a leading force in helping the chapter make its voice heard on issues such as intersectionality, street harassment, and reproductive rights. A Towson University graduate with a master’s in public administration, she now works with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland as a philanthropy associate. Fighting for social justice is an everyday activity for Springer, and she is definitely a woman worth getting to know.
Meeting Her Match
The YWTF DC Chapter, led by Laura Groth and Taylor Tuckerman, is proud to announce its Women Mentoring Women initiative. Set up similar to speed dating, this initiative pairs a mentee with a mentor who is specifically suited to helping the mentee find what she is looking for, professionally or in another interest area. If you live in the Washington, D.C., area and are interested in getting involved, head over to their website to take a survey about what you’re looking for in a mentorship program.
Getting Her Dollars in Order
We all know that the topic of financial management can seem dull and daunting. The YWTF New York City (NY) Chapter, led by Jennifer Mayfield, has found a way to make financial management interesting. Over the next few months, her chapter will be hosting a series of financial management seminars led by two of their current board members who work in the finance industry. Stay tuned for takeaways from their seminar!
Message from YWTF Founder Alison Stein
Thank you for your interest in YWTF! The idea of YWTF came to me when I graduated from college and discovered that women like me — women in their 20s and 30s — were aging out of college-based and youth-based women’s organizations, but, at the same time, feeling removed from the organized women’s movement. It quickly became apparent to me that women in their 20s and 30s had fallen through the cracks of the women’s movement and of progressive organizing more generally.
YWTF was officially launched in January 2005 through a meet-up that brought together more than 100 younger women from more than 45 different states to define the issues that mattered most to them. Since that time, YWTF has served as a unique space to allow women in their 20s and 30s to work on issues of importance to them, including political engagement, leadership development, economic empowerment, women’s health, reproductive rights, and work-life balance. YWTF has also served as an incredibly powerful networking platform for women in their 20s and 30s.
I am very proud of what YWTF has become, and I am thrilled that it now has a home at AAUW. The marriage between YWTF and AAUW is a natural one, as YWTF provides a next home for AAUW’s college-based women.
I look forward to seeing YWTF grow and thrive under all of your leadership.