Arise! Until Justice Just Is

Our 2nd Annual Spring Luncheon, Arise! Until Justice Just Is, took place on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at Frederik Meijer Gardens with keynote speaker Margaret Mitchell, CEO, YWCA USA.


Did you know that advancing justice within and outside our organization has been at the core of who we are for over 100 years? A few highlights of our distinguished history include:

  • Launching the Caroline W. Putnam school for girls at a time when girls and women were not educated in the school system.

  • Supporting unemployed women during the Great Depression in the ’30s

  • Leading the way with a more diverse leadership model with our very own trailblazer, Helen Claytor, who was our first African American board president and later president of YWCA USA

  • Championing women’s rights, fair housing, the environment, peace and civil rights in the ’60s

  • Launching the first free-standing Nurse Examiner Program in Michigan

Justice is in our DNA. We are an institution committed to eliminating racism and empowering women. We are changemakers.

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