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.

Washington Update (October 24, 2014)

Inside: Countdown to Election and Equal Pay Day Read more »

  |     |   October 27, 2014

Washington Update (October 10, 2014)

Inside: Greetings from AAUW’s New Field Director! Read more »

  |     |   October 10, 2014

Washington Update (August 22, 2014)

Next week we celebrate what might as well be an official AAUW holiday: Women’s Equality Day. This day, observed on August 26, commemorates the day in 1920 when the 19th […] Read more »

  |     |   August 22, 2014

Washington Update (July 25, 2014)

Two years ago this week, I came to work at AAUW during one of the most exciting times in our recent history: the It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard […] Read more »

  |     |   July 25, 2014
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How to Put Together a Candidate Forum

A candidate forum is a public event for voters to meet and hear from candidates running for office. Forums can help you accomplish many goals, including educating voters about candidates, creating a space for candidates to express their positions on AAUW issues, and raising visibility for AAUW. Read more »

Washington Update (July 18, 2014)

As my colleague Anne wrote last week in this space, you have to be able to move quickly when you see a threat to women’s rights. The same is true […] Read more »

  |     |   July 18, 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 »

Washington Update E-Bulletin

Washington Update is AAUW’s free, members-only weekly e-bulletin. It offers an insider’s view on the legislative process, the latest policy news, resources for advocates, programming ideas, and updates from the Public Policy and Government Relations Department. Read more »

  |   ,   |   June 20, 2014

Computer Science Education Week Proclamation

Encourage your governor, city council, and mayor to proclaim December 9–15, 2013, Computer Science Education Week using this sample proclamation. Read more »

  |     |   May 27, 2014
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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 »

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