Our Values

WCC Values Statement

Women Creating Change (WCC) is committed to program and policy work that builds upon our history of civic engagement and broadens our reach to be more inclusive in New York City. We believe improving women’s civic engagement is an important framework and strategy for removing barriers to a vibrant and effective democracy. We value and empower the full range of racial and ethnic backgrounds, expressions of gender and sexuality – including transgender, genderqueer, nonbinary, and nonconforming individuals – socioeconomic status, physical abilities, and life experiences in New York City. WCC is a space for anyone who is passionate about challenging inequity in civic engagement and strives to ground every facet of our work in our core values:

  • EQUITY & JUSTICE:  We believe equity is not just about creating equal opportunities – it is also about understanding and redressing the histories of discrimination, violence, political exclusion, and erasure that shape women’s experiences, especially for Black, Indigenous, and Brown women.   
  • INCLUSIVITY & INTERSECTIONALITY: WCC works to accommodate the different lives and backgrounds of our diverse constituency by prioritizing inclusive programming, communications, policy issues, and partnerships. WCC applies an intersectional approach to social change that centers the joy, well-being, rights, and safety of disenfranchised communities.*
  • ACCOUNTABILITY & TRANSPARENCY: We recognize the power and privilege inherent in nonprofit work. WCC carries out its mission with transparency, accountability, respect, and gratitude for our stakeholders, including New York City community members, program participants, partners, supporters, and funders. We model our values in how we run as an organization. WCC strives to employ a diverse staff, elect women of color in leadership positions, and partner only with other organizations and businesses who align with our values.
  • LEARNING & LISTENING: We recognize our work as an organization must constantly evolve and adapt to the shifting needs and new challenges of all who identify as women. WCC collects and implements regular feedback from community members and partners, understanding that there is always a need and room for growth.
*Crenshaw, Kimberle. “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics.” University of Chicago Legal Forum, 8, 1989.