Founded in 1858 and headquartered in Washington D.C., the YWCA is a women's membership movement whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership and power to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. The YWCA represents almost 2 million women, girls and their families in the United States and 25 million women worldwide. The YWCA represents nearly 300 associations throughout the United States. The World YWCA is at work in 122 countries.