Deborah Swerdlow

Deborah Swerdlow is the AAUW grassroots advocacy coordinator. Her work focuses on educating and mobilizing AAUW’s members and supporters to take action on AAUW’s federal advocacy priorities. She also supports member advocacy activities in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia. Before working at AAUW, Deborah worked at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), where she planned the organization's high school advocacy trainings and handled a portfolio of policy issues that included pay equity, reproductive rights, health care, and judicial nominations. Deborah holds bachelor's degrees in journalism and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Florida and is currently earning a master's in public administration from George Washington University. If you live in one of Deborah’s states, or if you have a question about AAUW’s Action Network or Washington Update, contact Deborah via e-mail or call her at 202.785.7704.
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How to Work with the Media

Working with the media is a great way to draw attention to AAUW priority issues and events you are planning. Building relationships and knowing how to communicate with the media are the keys to success, whether you want to work with a print reporter, television reporter, radio reporter, or blogger. Read more »

Ask Your Elected Officials to Proclaim Equal Pay Day with this Proclamation Template

Encourage your governor, city council, and mayor to proclaim “Equal Pay Day” in your state and community using this proclamation. Read more »

  |     |   December 16, 2015

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  |   ,   |   May 25, 2015

Equal Pay Day Allies Letter

Equal Pay Day is a symbolic annual occasion representing the day when women’s earnings catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. It takes an extra three months, thanks […] Read more »

  |   April 01, 2015
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Follow the State of the Union with AAUW — and Bingo!

Help us follow along with the State of the Union through a friendly (or not-so-friendly!) game of bingo. You could win a prize! Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   2 Comments   |   January 09, 2015
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How to “Celebrate” Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day is a powerful occasion to raise awareness and organize action around the gender pay gap in our communities. Will you help us “celebrate?” Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   December 10, 2014
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How to Organize a Voter Registration Drive

This guide provides some easy steps to running a successful voter registration campaign. Read on, and remember that the AAUW public policy staff is here to help — consider them your resource and sounding board. Read more »

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77 Cents Doesn’t Tell the Whole (Equal Pay) Story

  Updated September 22, 2014: The U.S. Census Bureau released the latest wage data last week. A new analysis of the numbers shows that the gender pay gap for Hispanic/Latina […] Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   6 Comments   |   May 14, 2014

Sign Advocates Up for the AAUW Action Network

Print out this worksheet for your events and meetings to collect contact information from your guests and attendees. You can use the contact information to follow-up with your potential new members and advocates, then type up for information and send it to advocacy@aauw.org to make sure they can become a two minute activist. Read more »

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3 Reasons Why You Should Negotiate Your Salary

Research shows I’m not the only woman who’s missed that opportunity to negotiate in my career. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   5 Comments   |   March 20, 2014