Submitted by YWCA Olympia

YWCA Olympia is excited to announce their 2019 Womxn of Achievement and Social Justice Organization of the Year: Eileen Yoshina, Lily Campbell, Steffani Powell, Tonya S. Moore, Tye Gundel and Heartspark Press. You can read more below or by clicking the Meet The Honorees link!

This year’s Womxn of Achievement featured speaker is Ijeoma Oluo, a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller. She’s the author of The New York Times best-seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published by Seal Press. Named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and The Guardian, among other outlets. ]

Established in 1994, the YWCA Womxn* of Achievement event is a celebration of the contributions of incredible leaders and organizations in our community, who are not only making a huge difference, but whom don’t get honored and celebrated nearly as much as they should because of historic and current patterns of racism and sexism.  While all womxn and businesses are encouraged and eligible to receive awards, the Womxn of Achievement Celebration as an event is a platform for centering Womxn of Color, who have always led change at the intersections of race and gender justice. Our Honorees are working to eliminate racism and sexism to empower womxn, have advanced the political, social and/or economic status of womxn and girls, and embody the YWCA’s vision of a world where all people are valued, live free from oppression, and thrive in a just society.

When is the event? The Annual Womxn of Achievement Celebration will take place on Saturday, November 2 at South Puget Sound Community College.

How can I get tickets? Tickets are available online at the YWCA Olympia website, under Events (2019 Womxn of Achievement). All proceeds benefit YWCA Olympia.

For more information? Contact Cherie Reeves Sperr, Development Director at 352-0593 or

*YWCA is using the “label” womxn to encompass a broader range of identities than woman and is based on self-identity

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