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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  |   ,   |   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
Equal Pay Day 2015

Take Your Equal Pay Day to the Next Level

Equal Pay Day — the annual day in April that symbolizes how long it takes for women’s earnings to catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year — is a powerful opportunity to organize action in our communities. Read more »

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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

Ask Your Elected Officials to Proclaim Equal Pay Day

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

  |     |   December 09, 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 »

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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 »

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 »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   5 Comments   |   May 14, 2014