Top Five on Friday: January 17

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

This week, the news cycle has been incredibly female-focused. From politics to health, from birthdays to marriage. Read on for the latest stories about women this week, and if we missed anything important, let us know in the comments!

1. A look at trends in life expectancy and economic status showed that women in the U.S. are dying sooner than those in other countries, and the reason may be linked to their education and access to healthcare.

Why American Women Aren’t Living as Long as They Should, by Olga Khazan, The Atlantic

Top Five on Friday: January 3

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

Happy new year! We hope that your 2014 has gotten off to a great start. We know many of you are making resolutions, so we thought we’d put together some great articles and blog posts with advice and inspiration for women and their families this new year.

Need some help sticking with your resolution? Here’s a great tip: don’t take it too seriously. Let your resolution inspire you and help you take a moment to reflect. Then, in a few months, look at it again and see if you’re still on a positive track. There are also some great mobile apps to keep you focused, like Lift, DailyCost and MyFitnessPal. Good luck!

Top Five on Friday: December 6

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

This week, check out some of the latest and greatest updates from our local associations across the country!

1. YWCA Chicago joined FOX 23 News to talk about the needs of their rape crisis center during the holiday season.

Rape crisis center reports increase in calls during holiday season, by Tisha Lewis, FOX 32 News

“While most people think of the holiday season as a time of celebration and joy, there are many others who are reminded of dark and painful memories.

Top Five on Friday: November 15

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

Our theme for this week’s Top Five on Friday is hard work and recognition. Both of these ideas are important, and they are intrinsically linked: hard work deserves recognition, and recognition requires hard work. Our stories this week highlight audacious women who have overcome triumphs and who inspire others to keep forging ahead. We hope you’ll share these articles with your friends and family who need a boost!

Top Five on Friday – November 1

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

This week, there were several great updates from YWCA local associations, who are working hard in their communities to empower women and put an end to racism. From New York to Seattle, association staff and volunteers worked on domestic violence awareness, provided shelter for victims of violence, started a dialogue on racial stereotypes and Halloween costumes, and showed their resilience through natural disasters.

Find your nearest local association and get involved: visit ywca.org/FindaYW. And check out the latest activities on our Twitter list!

Top Five on Friday – October 25

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the YWCA has been raising awareness about domestic violence across the country through campaigns like Week Without Violence and the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse. Domestic violence affects women of all ages, races and ethnicities, socioeconomic levels and educational backgrounds. It is pervasive: according to the CDC, an average of 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. 

Top Five on Friday – October 11

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

How safe are you online? If you’ve ever used a computer or a phone to do your banking, pay your taxes, shop or meet potential dates, you’ve put yourself at risk for identity theft, stalking and more. Teens and students who use social networking profiles face online bullying, sometimes to tragic results. Luckily, there are campaigns like Stop.Think.Connect.’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, helping us all stay safer online as technology becomes more accessible and popular.

Top Five on Friday – October 4

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

The government shutdown has taken over the media cycle this week, and its impacts will be felt by more people and programs as it continues – including some YWCA programs, which rely on critical funding from agencies that are currently closed. Below, we’re sharing the latest on the shutdown and who’s affected, and what to watch for in the upcoming week as the stand-off continues.

Rememeber: YWCA hotlines and shelters will remain open. Search for a YWCA near you to find out more.

Top Five on Friday – September 27

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

Beginning on September 15, National Hispanic American Heritage Month is a celebration of Hispanic and Latino culture and history. This week’s Top Five on Friday marks the theme for this year: “Hispanics: Serving and Leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor.”

1. Nine undocumented immigrants made bold steps in the name of keeping their families together, openly leaving the U.S. and returning through a legal entry point in Mexico. They hope to inspire other DREAM-ers to continue the fight for immigration reform.

Photo via PolicyMic/Solidarity US

Top Five on Friday – Sept. 20

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

Last night, the House of Representatives narrowly approved cutting funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $40 billion in a bill that would remove nearly four million Americans from receiving assistance.

As the looming Congressional fight over government spending approaches, the YWCA will continue to advocate for policies and bills like SNAP that will support women and their families. We hope you’ll join us!

1. More and more Americans are turning to food stamps each day, despite the economic recovery.