YWCA Speaks Out Through Events
November Book Club
On Thursday, November 18 from 6pm to 7:30pm, YWCA’s book club will be discussing Isabella Wilkerson’s Caste: Origins of our Discontents.
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is a masterwork of writing — a profound achievement of scholarship and research that stands also as a triumph of both visceral storytelling and cogent analysis.
What is caste? According to Wilkerson, “caste is the granting or withholding of respect, status, honor, attention, privileges, resources, benefit of the doubt, and human kindness to someone on the basis of their perceived rank or standing in the hierarchy.” Racism and casteism do overlap, she writes, noting that “what some people call racism could be seen as merely one manifestation of the degree to which we have internalized the larger American caste system.” (Read the complete NPR description and review here.)
This book club discussion will take place virtually. We will send out the Zoom information prior to November 18.
YWCA's We Believe Event
YWCA’s annual We Believe event is our single biggest fundraiser each year, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support all of YWCA’s programs, including transitional housing programs for women and children facing homelessness, out-of-school literacy programs for children in low-income households, and racial justice programs that educate and mobilize our community.
In 2021, we offered an all-virtual live event, open to the general public. You can watch our entire We Believe 2021 anytime!