Look What AAUW Action Network Accomplished in 2016!

December 22, 2016

This year was action-packed for AAUW’s advocacy efforts. Our reach spanned from the White House to Congress to statehouses across the country. As the year comes to a close, AAUW would like to thank our members and supporters for carrying out our mission to empower all women and girls. Your advocacy and generous support have ensured that we continued many successful and exciting policy activities throughout the year. But the hard work isn’t over yet!

Looking for a New Year’s resolution? Help grow AAUW Action Network by sharing these successes with friends and family members and urging them to advocate for issues affecting women and girls as a Two-Minute Activist. In the list below, you’ll see how much we have done together throughout the past year — and the more our advocacy community grows, the more we’ll be able to do in 2017! If this election taught us anything, it’s that AAUW’s nonpartisan voice and research-based advocacy are needed now more than ever. You provide the voice, we’ll provide the megaphone in 2017 and beyond!

messages went out to state and federal legislators.

AAUW Action Network supporters in all 50 states made their voices heard on our priority issues. With your help, we contacted all 435 U.S. House offices and all 100 U.S. Senate offices throughout the year!

states passed new equal pay laws in 2016.

AAUW members played a key role in achieving new equal pay laws in California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Utah. Yes, you read that right: Those are red, blue, and purple states taking action to close the gender pay gap — thanks to you and AAUW.

In 2016, six states passed new equal play laws.

resource guides were delivered to Title IX coordinators in 29 states.

AAUW branches and supporters delivered critical new resources released by the U.S. Department of Education to make our schools safer and more equitable. This first tool kit of its kind was created at AAUW’s prompting, and now we are delivering the good news nationwide.

in 2016, 714 resource guides were delivered to Title IX coordinators in 29 states.

signatures collected on AAUW’s petition urging Anheuser-Busch to sign the White House Equal Pay Pledge.

Just three months after the pledge was released — on Women’s Equality Day — Anheuser-Busch signed the pledge. To date, more than 100 companies have signed on and committed to closing the gender pay gap.

years of Title IX celebrated with Senator Harry Reid.

AAUW presented Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) with our Title IX Champion award at a packed Capitol Hill reception in June. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Dina Titus (D-NV) also spoke to the crowd of 300 attendees about the positive effect Title IX has had in our country’s schools. AAUW has long been a protector and defender of Title IX, and your strong voices have helped to make this groundbreaking civil rights law a real success story.

AAUW Vice President of Government Relations Lisa Maatz and Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) at the 2016 AAUW Title IX Champion award ceremony.

AAUW Vice President of Government Relations Lisa Maatz presented Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) with the 2016 Title IX Champion award and a letter from AAUW of Nevada’s co-presidents.

get-out-the-vote events organized by members in 46 states.

AAUW branches, Younger Women’s Task Force chapters, and student organizations hosted voter registration drives and candidate nights with AAUW’s It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard resources. If you haven’t told us about your get-out-the-vote or voter education event, it’s not too late!

In 2016, 900 get-out-the-vote events were organized by AAUW members in 46 states.

AAUW members were elected to state legislatures.

We know of 19 AAUW members who were elected to state legislatures or state senates in 2016. Do you know of any AAUW members in office? Be sure to tell us about them!


Feeling inspired by what we did together? Help AAUW continue speaking truth to power in 2017. With your support, AAUW will continue to be a valued ally or a fierce critic as the situation warrants in the year to come. When you give by December 31 your contribution will be matched, dollar for dollar, to double the effect you have on AAUW’s work!


Give today to help empower women and girls in the New Year.



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