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Where We Stand

AAUW’s policy work connects and rallies advocates at the local, state, national, and global levels to empower women and girls. AAUW uses lobbying and grassroots efforts to push forward policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women. Below we highlight our positions and advocacy on major issues.

AAUW’s 2020 Gender Agenda

Here’s what AAUW would like to see implemented to advance gender equality in education and the workplace for the 2020 election season.

Where We Stand: Economic Security

AAUW advocates for all women to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Equal Pay

AAUW believes that pay equity and equal employment opportunity are matters of simple fairness. AAUW is a leader in the fight to end wage discrimination and open doors for women in the workplace. Download the Quick Facts

Paycheck Fairness Act

AAUW supports passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act to give women the tools they need to successfully challenge pay discrimination and to provide incentives to employers to comply with the law. Download the Quick Facts

Retirement Security

AAUW strongly supports strengthening retirement benefits and programs, including pension improvements and protecting Social Security from privatization. Download the Quick Facts

Paid Leave

AAUW works toward greater availability of and access to a high standard of benefits and policies that promote work-life balance, including paid family and medical leave and paid sick days. Download the Quick Facts

Health Care

Health care security is intrinsically tied to economic security. AAUW believes that everyone is entitled to high-quality, affordable, and accessible health care. Download the Quick Facts

Letters, Comments, Testimony and Legal Briefs

To learn more about AAUW’s positions and advocacy efforts regarding economic security, explore our letters, comments, testimony and legal briefs.

Where We Stand: Education & Title IX

AAUW supports a strong system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity, and diversity, including vigorous enforcement of Title IX.

Higher Education

AAUW has been committed to making the dream of higher education a reality for all women. Higher education is no longer a luxury — it’s a necessity. Download the Quick Facts

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

AAUW remains committed to ensuring strong academic principles and bias-free public education that closes the achievement gap for all children — objectives at the heart of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

School Vouchers

AAUW strongly supports providing an excellent education for all children, not private school vouchers for a few. Download the Quick Facts

STEM Education

AAUW supports promoting and strengthening science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, especially for girls and underrepresented populations. Download the Quick Facts

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in School

AAUW advocates for equitable climates free from harassment and bullying, as well as freedom from violence and fear of violence in schools. Download the Quick Facts

Title IX

AAUW strongly supports the vigorous enforcement of Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education. Download the Quick Facts

Letters, Comments, Testimony and Legal Briefs

To learn more about AAUW’s positions and advocacy efforts regarding education and Title IX, explore our letters, comments, testimony and legal briefs.

Where We Stand: Civil Rights

AAUW advocates for equality, individual rights, and social justice for a diverse society.

Equal Rights Amendment

AAUW is committed to the passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which provides the constitutional guarantee that all men and women are truly equal under the law. Download the Quick Facts

Human Trafficking

AAUW believes that global interdependence requires national and international policies against human trafficking that promote peace, justice, human rights, sustainable development, and mutual security for all people. Download the Quick Facts

Reproductive Rights

AAUW supports choice in the determination of one’s reproductive life and increased access to health care and family planning services. Download the Quick Facts

LGBTQ Rights

AAUW supports the civil rights of all individuals and opposes all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Download the Quick Facts

Letters, Comments, Testimony and Legal Briefs

To learn more about AAUW’s positions and advocacy efforts regarding civil rights, explore our letters, comments, testimony and legal briefs.

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Nationally

Join us in pushing for federal policies to advance gender equity. We support strong laws to close the wage gap, provide paid sick time and parental leave, protect pregnant workers, curtail sexual harassment and more.

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In Your State

Around the country, AAUW activists are helping to advance legislation to protect women and ensure economic security for them and their families.

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There are lots of ways to get involved with AAUW’s work to advance gender equity. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of women and girls.