AAUW Public Policy
AAUW’s policy work connects and rallies advocates at the local, state, national, and global levels to empower women and girls. We use lobbying and grassroots efforts to push forward policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women. AAUW’s Public Policy Priorities, adopted every two years by member vote, establish the federal action issues on which AAUW members across the country focus advocacy efforts.
Guided by AAUW’s Public Policy Priorities and branch member input, the Naperville Area branch board prioritizes issues to focus our advocacy efforts at local, state and national levels.
In 2019 the board approved the formation of the Issues Action Team (I-ACT). Guided by AAUW’s Public Policy Priorities and branch member input, this team leads our efforts to advance policies that break through educational, societal and economic barriers for women and girls.
Our 2020-2021 priorities for action:
1. Education funding. Adequate and equitable funding for quality public education (emphasis on STEM, sex education and the arts)
2. Pay equity. Pay equity and fairness in compensation and benefits (which includes EEOC action, Work Smart promotion, pensions and social security)
3. Healthcare access. Access for all women to the full range of healthcare services, including reproductive health decisions, to ensure economic security
4. Freedom from violence. Freedom from violence and fear of violence (FOID card, gun laws, transgender women, women of color, etc.).
Become a Two-Minute Activist
Take action on issues impacting women and girls by joining AAUW’s Action Network. As a Two-Minute Activist, you will receive urgent email notices when your advocacy is needed most. AAUW provides all the tools you need to call or send messages to your members of Congress, write letters to the editor for your local newspapers, contact your state legislators about pressing issues, and more.