Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, the CEO of YMCA, recently shared her insights with Forbes on how to empower women and end racial inequality on both the community and legislative levels.

On the community level, Dr. Richardon-Heron encourages individuals to create impact through non-profit work, to seek out leadership positions, and to support the YMCA's campaign to Stand Against Racism.

On a legislative level, Dr. Richardson-Heron advocates for work and family agendas that would advance women's economic stability, ratification of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, and passage of the End Racial Profiling Act.

Thus, Dr. Richardson-Heron's interview sheds light on the intersectionality of different forms of oppression. Furthermore, her calls to action address both covert and overt (institutional) racism and sexism that still permeate our culture. Change is never easy, but tackling these challenges on local, national, and international levels will certainly help turn the tide.