Eliminating Racism & Empowering Women: The YWCA of Madison is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1909 as a member of the national YWCA, an autonomous women's movement. We are committed to self-determined social change for women of all racial, ethnic and economic groups. We provide leadership in our community, nation and world in the struggle for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. The YWCA, locally and nationally, has adopted the One Imperative of eliminating racism wherever it exists. Women are empowered and the quality of their lives greatly improved in partnership with the YWCA. As more women find personal strength, together we build a community where diversity and the elimination of discrimination are celebrated and honored.