Take the Lead with Legal Advocacy

One of AAUW’s landmark programs, the Legal Advocacy Fund supports plaintiffs who fight gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace and in education. Since 1981, LAF has given more than $1.4 million to support more than 100 cases across the country. You can play a crucial part in teaching young people, educators, and communities about their rights as workers and students.

Take a look at these four steps to bring legal advocacy to your branch.

1. Sign up for LAF Express to keep up to date on LAF cases and news.

LAF Express is LAF’s monthly e-newsletter. With updates on LAF cases, major legal developments, and news about LAF programs, it’s the best way to keep up with LAF news. E-mail us to sign up.

2. Know how case support works.

The courageous plaintiffs we support are the heart of LAF. Our case support program provides financial and organizational support to a select number of gender discrimination plaintiffs each year. Learn how the case support program works, and share LAF’s stories with your branch and community.

3. Apply for a Campus Outreach Grant to educate students about legal advocacy.

AAUW branches, state organizations, and student organizations can apply for up to $750 in funding to host or co-host an event on a college campus to educate students about the pay gap, Title IX, workers’ rights under Title VII, or other issues. Looking for program ideas? Check out the Campus Outreach Grants page. Looking to connect with a campus in your community? You might want to plan an event! E-mail laf@aauw.org for more information and guidance.

4. Join other AAUW branches and apply for a Case Support Travel Grant.

The best way to learn about the power of legal advocacy is to hear directly from a plaintiff or advocate LAF has supported. AAUW state organizations or inter-branch groups can apply for a Case Support Travel Grant to bring an LAF-supported plaintiff or advocate to speak at a local AAUW event.

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Know Your Rights
at Work

Laws exist to protect employees from discrimination and harassment — learn how to make sure those laws are protecting you.

Lady Justice

LAF Express

Our e-newsletter brings updates and reminders on AAUW’s legal advocacy work straight to your inbox.

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Case Support
Travel Grant

Learn directly from the source! Apply to ask a plaintiff or advocate in an AAUW-supported case to speak at your next branch event.