As the first YWCA in the nation, we are proud of our history of leadership in the causes of eliminating racism and empowering women.

On March 3, 1866, 30 women met in Boston at the home of civic reformer Pauline Durant to adopt a constitution for the Boston Young Women’s Christian Association. It was the first time in the United States the name – YWCA – was used. Their objective: “The temporal, moral, and religious welfare of young women who are dependent upon their own exertions for support.” What followed was 150 years of YWCA Boston catalyzing unprecedented advances in women’s empowerment and social justice in the city.

Take a look back at some historical highlights and way YWCA Boston and its supporters have made Boston a better place to live, work, and play for all people.