AAUW Public Policy Team Gives Thanks

November 26, 2013

When it comes to AAUW advocacy, we have so much to be thankful for — including you! (I’ll get to that in a moment.) With Thanksgiving around the corner, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what our team gives thanks for this year.

1.     VAWA Becomes the Law of the Land!

The AAUW Public Policy team puts their hands together for VAWA.

We are thankful that President Barack Obama signed a comprehensive Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) into law. We’re proud to have helped lead the fight for VAWA’s passage, and I thank all of you for your countless messages to Congress about this issue! Please continue to support AAUW as we help implement the campus safety provisions in VAWA.


2.     AAUW Members Lead the Call for a Women’s Economic Agenda

Members of Texas with Nancy Pelosi

We are thankful for the AAUW members in Florida, Texas, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, California, and Washington who have championed the Women’s Economic Agenda through issue forums and other events in their states. Any state can host a Women’s Economic Agenda event; simply contact our outstanding field team, and they’ll help you make it happen!


3.     Five Women Recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Congratulations Gloria, on your latest achievement. 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient, 2003 Achievement Awardee

We are grateful for the contributions of the five women who received the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom, including astronaut Sally Ride, activist and 2003 AAUW Achievement Awardee Gloria Steinem, and media icon Oprah Winfrey.


4.     Equal Pay Takes Front and Center

President Obama delivers the 2013 State of the Union address

We are thankful that Obama elevated the issue of pay equity in his inaugural address and State of the Union address. We are also thankful for the progress that has been made on equal pay this year, including the Department of Labor rescinding two documents that had become barriers to investigating workplace pay discrimination claims.


5.     YOU Schooled Congress in a Little Budget 101!

Pink piggy bank with glasses standing on textbooks in front of a blackboard with Budget 101 message

We are thankful that Congress finally came to its senses and ended the federal government shutdown before it inflicted more damage on women and our economy. Thank you to all who participated in the AAUW “shut down the shutdown” advocacy efforts!

This list is by no means exhaustive; search for #AAUWthanks on Twitter to see more 2013 advancements for which we are thankful.

And of course, we are thankful for all the members of AAUW Action Network and their enthusiastic advocacy to break through educational and economic barriers to ensure that all women have a fair chance. We could not have achieved any of these successes without you — and we can achieve so much more if we grow our AAUW Action Network family.

If you haven’t joined Action Network yet, it’s easy! Simply fill out this form, and you’ll start receiving e-mail notices when it’s time to contact your legislators about urgent policy issues.

If you are already signed up for Action Network: Please take two minutes (in typical Action Network fashion!) to share this message with three friends and family members, and urge them to join our Action Network community today.

From all of us at AAUW, best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and a safe and joyful beginning to your holiday season!

Lisa Maatz By:   |   November 26, 2013