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Affirm the Equal Rights Amendment

It’s been a century since the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was introduced, and despite some progress, women’s equality is still at risk due to fluctuating legislative decisions. Take action now by entering your address below and send a message urging your Congress members to support ERA Now (H.J. Res. 82) for certifying the ERA as the 28th Amendment, ensuring women’s rights are fully codified.

John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 14)

With so much at stake each time we head to the ballot box, it’s crucial that everyone is able to make their voice heard. The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 14) responds to the wave of voter suppression tactics enacted over the past decade with critical protections to ensure the freedom to vote for all.

It Only Takes Two Minutes!

Join AAUW in urging Congress to improve and expand legislation protecting our civil rights, economic security, and access to education.

Workplace & Economic Equity

Support Julie Su as Secretary of Labor

Julie Su is the best choice for the position of U.S. Secretary of Labor to achieve an inclusive economy. As her candidacy nears a final vote in the U.S. Senate, urge your senator to support Julie Su’s confirmation!

Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

The gender pay gap is persistent. To address it, women need the right tools to challenge discrimination and employers need incentives to comply with the law. It’s time for Congress to make real change for all families by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Pass the FAMILY Act

Unlike the majority of developed countries worldwide, the United States does not guarantee paid annual leave, paid time off for illness or family care, or paid parental leave. And for many Americans, this unpaid time off work is untenable and it threatens their economic security. That’s why AAUW is calling for passage of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which would create a national self-funding paid family and medical leave insurance program.

Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

Raising the minimum wage is an important part of ensuring women’s economic security and that of their families. Women make up nearly two-thirds of minimum-wage workers nationwide, and women of color in particular are over-represented among tipped workers and other low-wage workers. The country supports higher wages — urge your members of Congress to fight for working women.

Support the Healthy Families Act

Too many American workers are forced to face the choice between a job and their health or the health of a loved one every time they get sick or a family member needs care. That’s because at least 34 million private-sector workers — nearly one-third of the workforce — don’t have access to paid sick days.


End the Student Debt Crisis

Women hold two-thirds ($929 billion) of the country’s $1.7 trillion student debt. As a nation, we rely on women to add to and strengthen our economy. That can’t happen under mountains of student debt. Ask your members of Congress to support legislation that would make college more affordable for all students and help millions of borrowers across the country pay off their student debt.

Support the Gender Equity in Education Act

In the 47 years since its enactment, Title IX has opened doors for girls and women from classrooms to playing fields. But despite tremendous progress, challenges to equity in education still exist. That’s why we need the Gender Equity in Education Act (GEEA) to ensure schools and educational institutions have the resources they need to comply with civil rights law.

Civil Rights

Affirm the Equal Rights Amendment

The majority of Americans mistakenly believe that women and men are guaranteed equal rights under the U.S. Constitution. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) would, once and for all, guarantee constitutional equality between men and women. Support the ERA Now resolution to affirm the ERA and direct the Archivist of the United States to certify and publish the Equal Rights Amendment as the 28th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Fight the Attacks on Reproductive Rights

AAUW trusts that every woman has the ability to make her own informed choices regarding her reproductive life within the dictates of her own moral and religious beliefs. Tell your members of Congress to oppose any efforts to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care.

Pass the Equality Act

All people should have equal rights. America’s civil rights laws should reflect that promise and protect everyone. That’s why it’s critical that Congress pass the Equality Act, which would amend existing federal civil rights laws to provide explicit protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in a number of key areas.

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Advocacy Toolkit

AAUW has always stood for solutions that work for all women and families — and we do not intend to stop now. AAUW’s advocacy has made women’s voices heard from the White House to Congress to the statehouse, and your voice is needed now more than ever! That’s why AAUW has compiled a set of resources to guide you in advocating for women and girls through a variety of tactics and actions.

AAUW Action Fund

The AAUW Action Fund provides GOTV and voter education resources, in addition to lobbying on Capitol Hill for the issues affecting women and girls. Learn more about our work to advance gender equity and how you can get involved.

Take Action

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.