Meet our members

YWCA members come from all walks of life. While they may have different backgrounds, they have one thing in common. They are passionate about supporting women, young women and girls. Meet just a few of our members below!

Janet Whitham

YWCA Life Member Janet Whitham began her journey with the YWCA in Adelaide when she was just 19 years old and has since borne witness to almost 60 years of the organisation’s growth and change.

Janet started out as a Voluntary Leader for the YWCA’s Reserve Girl Citizens in South Australia which taught young women to take on social responsibility through activities like sewing and physical exercise.

Janet served as a Program Director / Youth Worker with the Adelaide YWCA, and as the National Youth Field Officer with National YWCA. Her membership with the YWCA took her all over the world, volunteering and working with YWCA’s in London, Geneva and the United States for three years in the 1960s.

Tash Baxter

What’s YWCA member Tash Baxter’s proudest girl power moment?

The #metoo movement is the most persuasive ‘girl power’ moment that comes to mind – the most persuasive girl power movement in history. It was so inspiring to see women from all over the world standing up against the cultural norms that have oppressed or silenced them, calling out inequality, behaviour, and banding together towards a united cause.

Who is your favourite feminist / gender equality ambassador?

Rosie Batty’s enduring strength in the face of adversity, and her commitment to placing pressure on government bodies to address domestic violence. Her determination to help women overcome family violence, has been instrumental in changing how society views and supports domestic violence.