Should AAUW Endorse Hillary?February 15, 2008
With the campaigns for the presidency heating up earlier than ever this year, some AAUW members have asked why AAUW isn’t endorsing the only woman candidate. Now that a woman might receive her party’s nomination, should AAUW—as an organization that strives to advance equity for women and girls—support her in breaking this marble ceiling?
While AAUW does advocate for legislation and takes political positions on priority issues as outlined in our member-endorsed Public Policy Program, our Policy on Candidates for Public Office (document access only available to members) has always been one of nonpartisanship. We do not endorse candidates in partisan elections, nor do our branches and affiliates endorse in partisan circumstances.
Would you want AAUW to support a woman candidate just because she was a woman? What if she opposed all your stances on issues? Does the question become less clear-cut because Sen. Clinton scored 100 percent when voting on key AAUW issues, as indicated in AAUW’s newly released AAUW Congressional Voting Record? Shouldn’t we as individuals judge candidates by how they might represent us rather than by gender alone? What do you think?
While AAUW continues our history of neither endorsing nor opposing members of Congress, we do encourage you to use our new AAUW Congressional Voting Record as a tool to hold your legislators accountable for their votes on AAUW issues. See how your legislators voted on key AAUW issues, and if they scored 100 percent, send them a note of thanks. Learn more about how you can make a difference with AAUW’s Voter Education Campaign.