The YWCA, Clinton has a long history….a history of women who have worked hard, been diligent, given much and are taking the YWCA into the 21st century giving its present leaders and patrons opportunities to be decision makers, explore new ideas and to be part of the oldest women's organization in the U.S.

The YWCA Clinton, Iowa is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The following programs and events seek to empower the women and girls in our community.

Woman of Achievement Awards

Since 1973, the YWCA, along with the community, has recognized the achievements of women in Clinton and surrounding areas. There are many women in local communities whose efforts and accomplishments, be it professional or volunteer, are worthy of recognition.

Past YWCA Woman of Achievement Honorees by Year
Past YWCA Woman of Achievement Honorees A to Z

Each April, a number of local women and an area business are honored for their community involvement, dedication, leadership, and empowerment of women. For more information on the YWCA Woman of Achievement Awards, please contact the YWCA Financial Development Director.

Pictured, 2017 Honorees (L-R):
Caitlyn Jacobs, Roberta Churchill, Erin Meyermann,
Marla Schultz, David Sivright, Jr.,
Kathryn A. Forrest, Chad Seely – HyVee of Clinton

2017 Woman of Achievement Honorees:

Religious Woman of Achievement: Marla Schultz

Professional Woman of Achievement: Kathryn A. Forrest

County Woman of Achievement: Erin Meyermann

Young Woman of Achievement: Caitlyn Jacobs

Civic/Community Woman of Achievement: Roberta Churchill

Unsung Hero / YWCA Honoree: David Sivright, Jr.

Business Leader: Hy-Vee of Clinton

PurSuits - Clothing Women in Confidence

PurSuits provides appropriate interview clothing to job-ready women and the confidence and knowledge to empower themselves.

Founded in 2016, PurSuits was formed by the Women's Justice Circle, a collaboration between the YWCA Women's Empowerment Committee and the Sisters of Saint Francis Franciscan Peace Center to help women in our society who lack the resources and funds to purchase suitable attire for the interview process. PurSuits' goal is to not only dress these women in interview clothing, but to dress them in confidence and knowledge. Thanks is given to Renaissance Resale Boutique of Clinton for partnering on this project.


There are many ways you can help PurSuits! If you're interested in donating items or volunteering, please fill out the form below below!

Please indicate how you'd like to help (mark all that apply) then enter your contact info, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can:

Donate suitable attireGive a monetary donationVolunteer your timeHost a suit drive or fundraising event

If you'd prefer to make a monetary donation instead, you can drop off or mail to us at:
PurSuits, c/o YWCA Clinton, 317 7th Ave S, Clinton, IA 52732.
(Please do not send cash in the mail – checks only.)

Thank you for helping us Clothe Women in Confidence and Knowledge!

Women You Know, Women You'd like to Meet

Created in 2010 by the YWCA Hallmark Committee, this event series highlights women in non-traditional careers or with interesting life experiences.

Those featured in the past included a professional baseball umpire, women in politics, women in music, and a long distance coast to coast runner.

Please join us as we continue to introduce interesting women sharing their life stories.

Housing Services

The mission of Housing Services is to safely support victims of violence and individuals and families experiencing homelessness with our YWCA Rapid Rehousing Program.

The goal of the YWCA Empowerment Center is to empower individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual abuse, or homelessness. Our program provides safe, affordable, violence-free housing as well as on-going case-management services to women, women with children, men and families. These programs provided by the YWCA Housing Services are vital to our community. We thank you for your support of this essential mission program of the YWCA-Clinton. All services are free and confidential.

Take Back The Night

To address issues of sexual violence, community members, local agencies, and the staff of the Clinton Area YWCA Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Resource Center have plan a"Take Back the Night" Rally each April. Please join us in attending this important social event. The event is free to the community. For more information on this year's event, visit our Events page.

Take Back the Night's roots may lie in 1877 when women protested the fear and violence they experienced in the night-time streets of London, England.

Others believe that the first rally occurred in 1976 when women attending the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women lit candles and took to the moonlit streets of Belgium to denounce the continuation of violence against women. While the origins of Take Back the Night may be disputed, its impact is undeniable. Since its inception, thousands of marches and rallies bearing the name Take Back the Night have taken place worldwide.

The hope of Take Back the Night made its way stateside in 1978 when protesters in San Francisco invoked the slogan following an anti-pornography conference. On that night, those who had been adversely affected by pornography openly shared their stories with those who had gathered. Today, survivor speakouts are an inseparable part of Take Back the Night. Most present-day rallies offer survivors of violence an opportunity to give voice to their experiences and publicly affirm their transition from victim to survivor.

Common components of Take Back the Night rallies include candlelight vigils, empowerment marches, and survivor testimonials. The goals and specific features of a TBTN rally are just as varied as its vast array of supporters. Throughout its history, Take Back the Night has inspired both women and men to confront a myriad of social ills, including rape, sexual violence, domestic violence, violence against children, and violence against women. The unifying theme throughout these diverse topics is the assertion that all human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to reclaim those rights if they are violated.

Taken from the Take Back the Night website,

Click here to check out a video from the 2012 Take Back the Night event courtesy of Ashford Leaders in Training

YWise Girls

YWise Girls is a program that promotes positive self-esteem and leadership roles for young women in our community.

All young ladies grades 3rd-8th grades are invited to attend. For more information about YWise Girls, please visit our Youth Page or contact the YWCA Youth Director at 563-242-2110 or at