Tucson Metro Chamber
YWCA of Tucson
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Our Mission: Eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Our Vision: We are creating a community of change makers who are working to build a world without racism, where women are empowered and where everyone enjoys peace, justice, freedom and dignity.
The history of the YWCA is the history of progress in America and, here, in southern Arizona.
The YWCA Tucson was established in 1917, just five years after Arizona gained statehood, by visionary women committed to establishing progressive values in this young state. We are proud that, from the beginning, YWCA Tucson has been committed to promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Even in 1917, when membership in certain Protestant denominations was “required” the first YWCA Tucson Board President, Henrietta Franklin, was a member of the Stone Avenue Temple. Our association was the first YWCA in the United States to open membership to men and elect men to serve on our board of directors. Today YWCA membership is open to all women and men, and it has not been a religious organization for more than fifty years.
Just west of I-10 and south of St. Mary's Road