21-Day Challenge

“For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, oppression, and equity.”

About the 21-Day Challenge

Originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving, this 21-Day Challenge has been adapted by organizations across the country. It is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.

We want to thank Food Solutions New England for inspiring this challenge. They were the first to adapt an exercise from Dr. Moore and Irving’s book into the interactive 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, which they launched in 2014.

Anyone can take part in the YWCA 21-Day Challenge. Participation in an activity like this helps us connect with one another, discover how racial inequity and social injustice impact our community, and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. 

Daily Challenges

Participants will be prompted daily with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experiences and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us discover how racial and social injustices impact our community, motivates us to connect with one another, and inspires us to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. We hope you’ll join us and accept this challenge.

The Timeframe

Each day (Monday-Friday) starting on Monday, Sept. 21 through Monday, Oct. 19, you will receive an email prompting you with a daily challenge.

Please make sure you’ve signed up for the challenge.


Why We’re Hosting the Challenge

YWCA Central Alabama is hosting the 21-Day Challenge in Alabama to further our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We have been doing this work for 117 years.


How to Sign Up

Sign up now! Before Day 1, you will receive an introductory email explaining the purpose of the challenge. Please complete the pre-event survey, as well. Sign up any day. If you need to catch up, visit here.

Starting on Sept. 21, expect to receive daily emails containing your challenge options.

Engage with other participants in the challenge by sharing your reflections on social media using the hashtag #YWCAEquityChallenge and #YWCA21DayChallenge. Send us your thoughts to share or follow the conversation on Facebook.