Legal Advocacy

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

Moshak v. University of Tennessee: Discrimination Too Common in College Athletics

Women’s sports have come a long way since Title IX, but a lawsuit from former Tennessee Volunteers staff shows that we are still grappling with gender gaps in university athletics. AAUW is proud to support the case through our Legal Advocacy Fund. Read more »

  |     |   August 12, 2014

Sun v. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Lulu Sun, an English professor, has alleged sex and race discrimination in the promotion process at UMass Dartmouth. Read more »

  |   ,   |   July 17, 2014
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Know the Score: Investigate Title IX Compliance in High School Athletics

Use this Program in a Box to help high schools reach Title IX compliance in athletics and avoid the potential for expensive litigation. Read more »

AAUW LAF Committee

The authorizing body of the Legal Advocacy Fund is the LAF Committee, which is composed of five members and an AAUW Board Liaison. The LAF Committee makes all case support funding decisions. 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 »

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A Strong Showing: How to Host a Rally

A public rally can be a great way to increase visibility for AAUW, generate media coverage, and raise awareness about a policy issue. 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