YWTF DC members talk salary negotiation

DC YWTF members table at the United State of Women Summit

What is YWTF?

The Younger Women’s Task Force is a movement by and for younger women to fight for social justice. Together we form a diverse and inclusive group of activists, organizers, allies, and professionals on the local and national levels. But we’re also a community founded on the belief that we can work within and beyond the women’s movement to change the things that hold us back.

Our Issues

What exactly do we work on? Here’s a list of what we demand for everyone:


Fair pay for women


Work-life balance


Equal access to education

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Leaders who look and
think like us


A focus on intersectionality

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Reproductive justice


Stop violence against women


An end to human trafficking


Professional mentorship

Our History

Back in 2004, Alison Stein sat down with her boss to talk about how young women needed a space for activism. Not only did Stein’s boss want to help, but as the chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO), she could. Within weeks, Stein found 25 other women leaders who wanted to join her. Together they became the National Coordinating Committee for the Younger Women’s Task Force. The movement grew the following year when 130 women from 42 states came to Washington, D.C., to draft a younger women’s issues agenda. The group also established YWTF chapters across the country and officially commenced the work of the task force.

Our Relationship with AAUW

In 2013, YWTF found a new home with AAUW, and we now operate as an affiliated entity of the organization. So if you’re a member of YWTF, you’re also a member of AAUW. This affiliation is a great match, since AAUW has been empowering women for years longer than we have. And AAUW provides a huge group of allies and advocates of all ages to help us with our work!