Talk with Your Dollars

Merriam-Webster defines empowerment as, “the granting of the power, right, or authority to perform various acts or duties.” It’s been part of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago mission and vision for over 140 years now. We work to empower the women and families of Chicagoland through our programs and services, focusing on the root causes of societal issues.

TRICK or TREAT? Business Owners Beware!

The past four decades have taught me a lot about challenges that businesses encounter. As a business owner from a family of business owners, I learned as I watched my father and brother weather the cash flow roller coaster many businesses face...

How Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Can Rescue African American Neighborhoods

Directing our dollars to women and minority-owned/led and women and minority “friendly” businesses can truly make a difference for our communities.

During the holiday season, we invited an expert to share her insights on the topic of “conscious consumerism.” Maggie Anderson is co-founder of the Empowerment Experiment and author of “Our Black Year: One Family's Quest to Buy Black in America's Racially Divided Economy.”

Maggie has many ideas for making meaningful changes in your daily habits that can impact our communities of color. Please read and share your thoughts on social media. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use hashtags: #powerofthepurse #yshop #consciousconsumerism. Thank you!