AAUW Takes Capitol Hill By Storm

June 28, 2017


It was a hot June day in 1989 when hundreds of AAUW members braved the heat and flooded the halls of Capitol Hill. They were there to tell members of Congress why the United States needed a paid family leave program. Eventually Congress passed the Family Medical Leave Act, which was signed into law in 1993.

28 years later, we’re at it again!

Last week more than 700 AAUW members stormed Congress for the 2017 AAUW Capitol Hill Lobby Day to tell their senators and representatives to protect and strengthen Title IX and to tackle the country’s student debt burden which disproportionately impacts women. From Alaska to Arkansas, California to Connecticut, Nebraska to New York, AAUW members were pumped and ready to take the fight for gender equity directly to Capitol Hill.

Members also weighed in from home by using the hashtag #AAUWLobbyDay on social media and sending hundreds of messages to Congress using AAUW’s Two Minute Activist tool. You can keep the momentum going by making sure that you’re signed up to be an AAUW Two-Minute Activist. You’ll receive timely email alerts when your advocacy for gender equity is needed most!

At Lobby Day AAUW also announced the launch of the newest tool in our grassroots efforts: AAUW Two-Minute Activist Mobile. AAUW advocates can now make their voices heard anytime, anywhere with their mobile phones. They can sign up to receive advocacy text messages on priority action issues. It’s just another way AAUW is making sure that women are heard in our halls of power.

Check out a few of our favorite moments from the day!

The bus can barely contain AAUW of Ohio Toledo branch’s excitement.

AAUW of Missouri made the trek to stand up for gender equity!

AAUW of Illinois listens to Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) talk about how to tackle the country’s student debt problem.

 AAUW of Indiana chatted with Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) about the need for Congress to address women’s student debt burden.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) met with members of AAUW of New York.

AAUW of Arizona members met with Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ).

AAUW of Pennsylvania receives a surprise visit from Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA).

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) reads our Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans report.

Lobby Day 2017

Copyright David Hathcox for AAUW

 AAUW of Oregon takes a seat at Rep. Greg Walden’s (D-OR) desk.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) met with AAUW of Washington members. Murray is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

 That’s a wrap! Members were excited to discuss their meetings with members of Congress and their staff.

This is just a small sample of the amazing photos we took that day. To see more, visit the AAUW National Facebook page.


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