The YWCA, the largest women's organization in the world, is an international movement with associations in 122 countries and more than 300 American communities. The YWCA of Cincinnati, the fifth association in the United States, was founded in 1868 to address the needs of working women. Since its founding in 1868, the YWCA has been a keystone for positive change in the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and their families. Consistently identifying the needs of women, the YWCA then meets them head on. YWCA programs and services empower individuals to enhance their lives-whether it's escaping from abuse, learning to read or training for a job. The YWCA is a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.