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We encourage you to donate $21 in honor of the 21-Day Challenge to benefit our Racial Justice efforts at YWCA Wheeling.

What is the 21-day challenge?



The deep-seated systemic racism and inequities that disadvantage communities of color are still woven into the fabric of our institutions today—from civic engagement to economic development, from education to health care, and even the way people of color are portrayed in the media. We must work collectively to root out inequity in our communities and in the institutions that compose our society, and demand justice and equity.

That’s why during YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism, we are rallying across the nation to say We Can’t Wait: Equity and Justice Now!

Led by the Stand Against Racism Challenge, which provides folks the opportunity to dedicate 21 days to the pursuit of racial justice, this year’s theme merges five focus areas which will guide and inform our racial equity work. These focus areas include civic engagement, economic opportunity and security, education, health care, and representation in media.

Join us during this year’s Stand Against Racism campaign as we bring awareness to racism within our communities and connect with other activists and allies to build pathways toward racial equity and justice.


Participants will be prompted daily with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experiences, and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us discover how racial and social injustices impact our community, motivates us to connect with one another, and inspires us to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

Topics and assignments are selected and curated by YWCA USA. 

01  week 1

  • What is Critical Race Theory
  • Bias in School Curriculum 
  • Teaching the Next Generation
  • Legislative Backlash to CRT
  • Truth & Healing

02  week 2

  • What is the Living Wage?
  • Minimum Wage
  • Racist History of Tipping
  • Closing the Racial & Gender Wage Gap
  • Organizational Values

03  Week 3

  • Racism in Film LGBTQ+ Representation
  • The War on Terror & Islamophobia on Screen
  • Colorism
  • The Power of Representation

04  Week 4

  • Period Poverty
  • Sex Education
  • Legal Restrictions
  • Impact
  • Reproductive Justice

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