Find out what AAUW is saying to government and elected officials with these letters, comments, and testimonies on AAUW’s public policy issues. Review the statements by topic »

AAUW Diversity Policy

In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class. Read more »

Letter to Senate Opposing a Continuing Resolution that Defunds Planned Parenthood Federation of America

AAUW urges Senators to take immediate action to avoid a government shutdown and to oppose efforts to defund Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Read more »

  |     |   September 24, 2015

Letter to Senate Opposing Elimination of Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

AAUW urges Representatives to oppose the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504) when they come up for a vote. Both bills would make it more difficult for women to access reproductive health care. Read more »

  |     |   September 17, 2015

Letter to Senate Opposing a 20-Week Abortion Ban

AAUW urges Senators to oppose H.R. 36, an unconstitutional and dangerous limitation on abortion that puts women’s health and rights at risk. Read more »

  |     |   September 16, 2015

Comments to the U.S. Department of Labor on Overtime

AAUW supports the proposed rule to raise the salary threshold for automatic overtime pay from $23,660 (below the poverty wage for a family of 4) to an estimated $50,440 (40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers). Read more »

  |   ,   |   September 15, 2015

Testimony of AAUW’s Lisa Maatz on Campus Sexual Assault

On September 10, 2014, AAUW’s Vice President of Government Relations Lisa M. Maatz, testified in front of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training during a hearing on “Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault on College Campuses.” Read more »

  |     |   September 10, 2015

Letter to the Senate Opposing Elimination of Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)

AAUW urges Senators to vote against S. 1881 which would eliminate basic reproductive health care for millions of women by prohibiting federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). Read more »

  |   ,   |   July 30, 2015

Letter to the House Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means on Welfare Reform

AAUW urges Representatives to consider changes to education and training policies during welfare reform. Read more »

  |   ,   |   July 29, 2015

Letter to Senate HELP Committee on Campus Sexual Violence

In response to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions’ hearing titled, “Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Combating Campus Sexual,” AAUW urges Congress to protect Title IX and the Clery Act, and take additional steps to end sexual harassment and violence on campus. Read more »

  |   ,   |   July 28, 2015

Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Department of Justice regarding Gender-Biased Policing

AAUW joined over 170 organizations in a letter urging the Department of Justice to immediately issue much-needed guidance outlining how flawed law enforcement responses to domestic violence and sexual assault can violate federal law and constitute police misconduct. Read more »

  |     |   July 06, 2015