The AAUW Public Policy team puts their hands together for VAWA.

AAUW Public Policy Team Gives Thanks

In the AAUW Public Policy Department, we have so much to be thankful for — including you! (I’ll get to that in a moment.) With Thanksgiving around the corner, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what our department gives thanks for this year. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   November 26, 2013
Sunny and Serena Cliffod look off into the distance.

The Power and Potential of Native Americans: “Young Lakota”

During Native American Heritage Month, AAUW and Women and Girls Lead are showcasing films that feature outstanding Native American women leaders. This includes Young Lakota, which will air next week on PBS, and We Still Live Here and Kind Hearted Woman, which are both available free online. Join us in honoring the strength and contributions of Native American women. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   November 22, 2013
AAUW of Hawaii members attended an Equal Pay Day 2013 ceremony with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Get Ready to “Celebrate” Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women’s earnings finally catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. Equal Pay Day 2014 will fall on Tuesday, April 8, so mark your calendar!

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Article   |   Advocacy   |   November 19, 2013
human trafficking - homepage feature

The Shocking Scope of Human Trafficking

The stories of trafficking are so compelling often because they are so shocking, grim reminders of the horrors lurking behind the American dream. Although the United States proudly calls itself the home of the free, at least 100,000 children are engaged in the sex trade here each year. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   November 15, 2013
President Obama speaks at a podium at the White House. Vice President Joe Biden and a group of people stand behind.

My Future Depends on Immigration Reform

I have lived in the United States since I was 6 years old. I moved here with my family from Bolivia for the same reason that many immigrants come to the United States — in order to have a better life. I have always worked hard in school, but because I am not a citizen, I am not eligible for scholarships and funds from schools, making university tuition far too expensive for me and my family. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   November 08, 2013
Woman shaking hands with doctor

Speak Up for the Health Care That You Deserve

As millions of Americans learn more about their new insurance options under the Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare), they’re also learning that this new coverage provides access to several preventive health services without cost-sharing or copay. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   October 29, 2013
Woman holding “OPEN ALL of the government” sign

Workplace Justice Not “Essential” Enough

The government agencies we need to help us do LAF’s work aren’t among the very few “essential” services still running during the government shutdown. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   October 14, 2013
Graphic showing silhouettes of girls with the title "International Day of the Girl: Girls Speak Out"

Why Should We Care about Girls?

Today, AAUW joins the Working Group on Girls (WGG) and other members of the United Nations community to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. The main event — Girls Speak Out! — will provide a forum for seven dynamic girls from around the globe to share how they are advocates and activists for girls. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   October 11, 2013
Women members of AAUW of New Jersey stand together

Grassroots Efforts Fight Human Trafficking Close to Home

AAUW members nationwide are leading efforts to fight human trafficking by starting petitions for legislative action, raising awareness, and working to prevent sex trafficking during the 2014 Super Bowl. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   October 08, 2013
AAUW staff at Planned Parenthood

HER-story of Shutdown and Women’s Health

There are many things that went into current shutdown, but it’s clear to me that women’s health is a big part of it. What we’re seeing now is just one more attempt to make women’s health a political negotiating chip, and we’re not having it. Tell Congress to do its job. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   2 Comments   |   October 04, 2013