AAUW Takes Capitol Hill By StormJune 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!