AAUW Voter Issue Guide

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The AAUW and AAUW Action Fund’s 2016 Voter Issue Guide provides concise information about key policy issues in the 2016 election, topical buzzwords, and questions to ask the candidates — helping you prepare for the upcoming election and educate eligible voters! Use the guide when you table on campus, attend a town hall, or host a candidate forum. When women vote, we change the conversation.

2016 Voter Issue Guide


Since 1881, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been the nation’s leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW and the AAUW Action Fund encourage women voters to get involved in the political process and to better understand the impact that legislative action—or lack thereof—can have on their lives and those of the people they love.

From congressional inaction on the Paycheck Fairness Act to frequent attacks on our reproductive rights, the current political landscape—which increasingly focuses on social issues—seldom includes or responds to women’s voices. To create real change, women must be part of the conversation, and the most powerful way for us to chime in is at the polls.

AAUW is dedicated to making sure every woman is registered to vote and has the information she needs to cast her ballot. The AAUW Action Fund produces voter education materials each election cycle, including head-to-head candidate comparisons and voter guides on key ballot initiatives and policy issues. This voter issue guide provides nonpartisan information about priority issues and tips for evaluating candidates’ policies for empowering women and girls.

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Gender Pay Gap

Family Leave and Paid Sick Days

College Affordability

Campus Sexual Violence

Reproductive Rights


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