Vice President Joe Biden speaks on the 20th anniversary of VAWA on September 9, 2014.

Why I Fought for VAWA 20 Years Ago, and Why It Still Matters

Far too many women and men still face violence on a daily basis, but the perception of this abuse is slowly changing and the quality of the response — from victim advocates to the police to the judicial system — has improved. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   September 16, 2014
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Advocacy Matters: Just Look at VAWA

Advocacy is powerful. And each time we push for change, we chip away at the barriers and misconceptions still standing in the way of women and girls. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   September 11, 2014
A woman staples a voter registration post to an outdoor bulletin board.

5 Things You Can Do to Get Out the Midterm Vote

AAUW and the AAUW Action Fund are renewing our efforts in 2014 for the critical midterm elections — a time when young women are not as likely to vote as in presidential election years. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   August 26, 2014

AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Supports Sex Discrimination Suit against University of Tennessee

  Media Contacts: Katie Broendel, broendelk@aauw.org 202.785.7761 Lisa Goodnight, goodnightl@aauw.org 202.785.7738 Former athletic department professionals allege unequal pay practices, retaliation The American Association of University Women Legal Advocacy Fund announced […] Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   August 12, 2014
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AAUW Applauds Decision in Sun v. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Plaintiff Lulu Sun, who received case support from the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund, was awarded significant damages, including $200,000 for emotional distress. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   July 29, 2014
AAUW staff and supporters protested Hobby Lobby's case at the Supreme Court.

What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Mean?

According to the Supreme Court, an employee’s contraception is her boss’s business after all. The disappointing decision has the potential to affect millions of women employees nationwide. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   6 Comments   |   July 03, 2014
Photograph of the Civil Rights March on Washington, on August 28, 1963.

Honoring the Women of the Civil Rights Movement

Although it is true that the most famous men of the civil rights movement deserves the acclaim he receives, it is also true that the success of the civil rights movement hinged also on the selfless dedication and hard work of a host of women whose names are considerably less familiar today. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   July 01, 2014
AAUW Vice President of Government Relations Lisa Maatz presented Rep. George Miller with an AAUW Title IX Champion award and a letter from AAUW of California. “These 37 words changed everything,” Miller said of Title IX.

Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. George Miller Toasted as Title IX Champions

Next year Congress will lose two of its most devoted advocates for educational equity, because Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) are retiring. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   June 18, 2014
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Supreme Court Wrapup Member Call

This year the U.S. Supreme Court considered a number of cases with the potential to significantly affect the rights of women and girls. Read more »

Event   |   Advocacy   |   July 15, 2014
Cathryn Garrett smiles and points to a sign that reads, "Don't worry about a thing."

Cut Girls’ Sports? Not on Her Watch!

When avid lacrosse player Cathryn Garrett heard that her high school was planning on cutting the girls’ team because “there wasn’t enough interest,” she decided to prove them wrong. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   June 12, 2014