The Election’s Over, and AAUW Needs Your Support More Than EverNovember 23, 2016
The 2016 election may be over, but AAUW’s work is ongoing. While the new administration and 115th Congress have the potential to raise serious challenges to AAUW priority issues, there may also be some strategic opportunities to advance our mission.
You can help us take the next steps to make sure that women, girls, and their families are a priority for this country. Democracy demands work every day of the year, and we know that our AAUW community is up to the challenge!
As a trusted nonpartisan messenger to many communities, AAUW’s voice is needed now more than ever. Here’s what you can do now to prepare for the fight ahead:
Your gift will support AAUW’s fight against unequal representation in business and government, discrimination and harassment in the workplace and on campus, the gender pay gap, and more.
2. Stop hate in its tracks.
AAUW stands against bias and bigotry of any kind and continues to be the leading women’s organization working on addressing hate crimes, especially gender-based hate crimes. We take the safety and civil rights of all people very seriously and are disturbed to hear of racist, sexist, and xenophobic incidents happening across the country, especially on college campuses. If you experience or witness harassment, threats of violence, cyberbullying, or hate speech in your area or on your college campus, use these resources to find support for yourself and members of your community.
- Notify campus safety or municipal police if you experience threats or harassment.
- Students, contact your campus Title IX coordinator (the individual responsible for helping track gender-based harassment, including intersectional harassment).
- Contact the S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights regional office, your local Anti-Defamation League regional office, and/or the Southern Poverty Law Center to report harassment or hate speech.
- Refer to AAUW’s online advocacy resources to review student rights under Title IX when it comes to on-campus sexual harassment and sexual assault.
3. Listen to our recorded election analysis conference call for our take on the outcome of the 2016 election and insight into the threats and opportunities we expect to see in the president’s first 100 days and the year ahead.
Also read and share AAUW’s reaction to the election results and our statement about standing up to bias and bigotry and calling for a new administration that reflects the diverse makeup of our nation.
4. Recruit a friend (or five!) to subscribe to AAUW Action Network and help ensure that our message is heard at every level of government.
AAUW’s Two Minute Activist Tool is a powerful vehicle for reaching elected officials and policy makers at every level. Members and supporters sent more than 80,000 messages to state and federal legislators this year, but we’ll need even more voices to chime in in the weeks and months ahead.
5. Help build our community by inviting new members to join.
Let your neighbors, local students, colleagues, and acquaintances know that by joining AAUW they can help break through barriers for women in government, in the workplace, and on campus.
AAUW’s values are non-negotiable. We believe that bias and discrimination of any kind are unacceptable in our national dialogue and that our government must represent all of us. Throughout our 135-year history, we’ve always stood for solutions that work for all women and families — and we don’t intend to quit now. With your support, AAUW will continue to speak truth to power and fight for gender equity from the White House to the statehouse.
You provide the voice,
we’ll provide the megaphone.
Now let’s get to work!
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