Legal Advocacy

Use these resources to understand and use the legal system to pursue justice and change.

AAUW LAF Committee

The Committee meets regularly to keep up-to-date on LAF programming and to advise LAF staff. Current LAF Committee members: Frances M. Kavenik (Chair) Malinda Gaul – Board Liaison Kathleen Brenniman […] Read more »

  |     |   November 05, 2013

How to Get the Whole World to Sign Your Petition

A petition is what we call an “easy lift” — with just a little bit of effort, you can generate attention and momentum around an issue, grow your list of advocates, and pressure lawmakers to act. Plus, a petition helps you raise your state’s or branch’s visibility and potentially gain new members! Read more »

Engage Your Community — Screen a Movie!

Screening a film like The Invisible War, Miss Representation, or Granny’s Got Game is an outstanding way to engage your community in a conversation about women’s issues. Showing a movie is also an excellent recruitment opportunity, because people get to learn about what you do and how important AAUW’s work is. Read more »

A line of women holding posters in front of a truck with McCrory's face on it that reads "Keep your word."

A Strong Showing: Making a Rally Uber Effective

A public rally can be a great way to increase visibility for AAUW, generate media coverage, and raise awareness about a policy issue. Here are some tips and tricks for making your rally super effective (or uber effective!). Read more »

How to Write an Op-Ed

Did you know that more than 80 percent of newspaper op-eds are written by men? Use your voice to speak out on the issues you care about. Read more »

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How to Write a Letter to the Editor

Writing letters to the editor is a great way to energize branch members, promote AAUW visibility in the community, and spread the word about important issues. Letters to the editor can be used to spur news editors to cover an issue that is being overlooked or urge readers to support a cause. Read more »

Past LAF-Supported Cases

In 1981, AAUW members in Ithaca, New York, helped support five Cornell University women faculty members’ sex discrimination lawsuits. Their effort made such a big difference that AAUW decided to […] Read more »

  |   ,   |   February 18, 2013

LAF Campus Outreach Funding Request Form

AAUW members can apply for up to $750 in funding to host or co-host a campus event to educate students about topics like the gender pay gap, sexual harassment and assault, pregnancy discrimination, and Title IX violations. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more »

  |   , , ,   |   February 04, 2013

Case Support Travel Grant Application

Through the Case Support Travel Grant, AAUW groups can apply to have a plaintiff or lawyer from a currently-supported or recently-supported lawsuit speak at their state convention or regional meeting. Applications are due by Oct. 15 each year. Read more »

  |   , ,   |   February 04, 2013
AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund: A Matter of Justice

AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) Brochure

Download this brochure to learn how the Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to challenge sex discrimination and provides organizational and financial support for people fighting sex discrimination in the workplace and on campus. Read more »