History

history3The first YWCA was established in London, England in 1855. Originally a Christian organization dedicated to social justice, it focused on improving the lives of working women and housing nurses returning from the Crimean war. The United States developed its first chapter in 1858, and YWCA San Francisco & Marin was founded in 1878.

Throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries, YWCA has been at the forefront of most major movements in the United States as a pioneer in racial justice, labor union representation and women’s rights. Today YWCA advocates on behalf of 2 million women and girls in the United States, and 25 million women worldwide in over 100 countries. We work together to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.

YWCA San Francisco & Marin continues to history1be a resource for individuals and families who need assistance to make lives in one of the most ethnically diverse and economically challenging areas in the United States. Our longstanding commitment, along with our unique combination of programming and advocacy, makes us the oldest, largest and most accomplished multiracial organization in the fight for social justice. We welcome you to learn more about our services and programs in San Francisco and Marin.