Public policy documents

AAUW’s Position on Affirmative Action

AAUW supports affirmative action programs that establish equal opportunity for women and minorities and improve gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in educational institutions and in workplaces. Read more »

AAUW’s Position on Women and Retirement Security

The traditional three-legged stool model for retirement — Social Security, pensions, and savings — does not support most women. Reform of all three options is needed to secure financial stability for women retirees. Read more »

AAUW’s Position on Ensuring Civil Rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Americans

No American should be denied the full range of civil rights and civil liberties due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more »

AAUW’s Position on Health Care

AAUW believes that everyone is entitled to health care that is high-quality, affordable, and easily accessible. Read more »

AAUW’s Position on Balancing Work and Life: Family-Friendly Workplace Policies

AAUW believes that creating a work environment that helps employees balance the responsibilities of work and family is smart for businesses and good public policy. Read more »

AAUW’s Position on Abstinence-Only Sex Education

AAUW supports the right of every woman to obtain medically accurate information about and access to safe and comprehensive reproductive health services. Read more »

AAUW’s Position on Career and Technical Education

AAUW believes that career and technical education (CTE) is increasingly important for women and girls seeking to earn their way in a competitive marketplace. Read more »

AAUW’s Position on Women and Girls in STEM

AAUW supports promoting and strengthening science, technology, engineering, and math education, especially for girls and other underrepresented populations. Read more »

AAUW’s Position on Equity in School Athletics

Title IX’s impact on women’s athletic participation is one of the country’s greatest civil rights success stories, changing the playing field dramatically for girls and women in sports. Read more »

Recommendations for Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization

AAUW wrote to the House of Representatives with recommendations for reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act. Read more »