Since our doors opened in Houston in 1907, we have been on a mission to serve women and girls across all generations. The organization was created during a time when there was great gender inequality towards women. A time where the opportunities for women were limited. A time where women didn’t have a voice. Our founders bravely stepped out and made it their mission to create change by addressing the issues during the time in which they lived.

Fast forward 112 years later, and today we are still on a mission. We are creating change and addressing the issues that still plague women today: equal pay, racial justice and civil rights and economic empowerment and advancement.

The issues of our founders might not look identical to the issues we’re addressing today; however, the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all is still the same.

To our participants, friends, partners, donors, and funders, we ask you to join us on a mission to eliminate barriers and empower women and children at every stage of their life.

Jacqueline B McElroy
Chair, YWCA Houston Board of Directors