Protect Our Court: Phonebank with AAUW & NEAT

With the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, our country must fight to ensure her successor is a similarly strong advocate for women and families. AAUW believes that, as with all nominations, a full and fair vetting process is vital to determine the nominee’s qualifications and temperament. This is fundamentally impossible to achieve in a short time and in light of all the other critical issues the Senate has yet to address. Our nation is reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic crisis, reckoning with our long and painful history with racism, and how to access the vote in a critical election year. Our fundamental rights are at risk, now more than ever — and the American people need a Supreme Court of independent, fair-minded jurists to protect the rights of all.

This is where you come in.

A just and fair Supreme Court is critical to protecting our democracy and we continue to fight today to realize equal justice under the law — take action now and assist others in making their voices heard by phonebanking with us!

AAUW has partnered with the National Equality Action Team (NEAT) for the phonebank. Volunteering can happen any day from 10:00AM—11:30PM ET and may be conducted at home on your own or in a group. With a flexible commitment and timeframe, you can volunteer as much of your time as you are able in a direct and impactful way.

Getting Started

  1. Sign up for a shift here — make sure to select AAUW as the organization that referred you.
  2. Download their script and be prepared for the recorded training modules with a pen and paper.
  3. Have a computer with Chrome browser (or, if you do not have Chrome, you can use your computer and call from your phone using their secure and anonymous dial-in).
  4. Settle in with refreshments and a comfortable space to engage with your fellow Americans!


What to Expect

  • You dial the next constituent on the list and connect with a constituent, asking if they agree the next President should be the one to select the next Supreme Court Justice.
  • You coach them on a quick message to communicate with their Senators, for key information:
    • Name and address, so they know you live in their state;
    • Tell them to keep their word, let the people vote first, and let the next President choose
    • If you wish, include a particular issue important to you (healthcare, education, workplace protections, voter access)
  • You prompt the system to forward the call to their first Senator, and leave a message, and hold on the line for you to then connect them to their next one.
  • You complete the call with thanks for committing to the fight for a just and fair Supreme Court, and move on to the next call.

To further assist in this call to action, NEAT has live support while you dial, so you are never alone in the process. If you have any additional questions about this action or AAUW Public Policy Priorities, please contact us at advocacy@aauw.org.


Talking Points

  • The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the law and charged with ensuring for every American “equal justice under law.” It is a lifetime appointment.
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman ever to serve as a Supreme Court justice. She dedicated her entire career, on and off the Court, to protecting rights for women and LGBTQ individuals, and advancing justice for millions of Americans.
  • We will accept nothing less than a principled, dignified defender of justice who will utilize their position on the bench to safeguard civil rights — for all.
  • There is no precedent for the speed with which this nominee is being rushed through the Supreme Court process. From 1986 to the present, the average time from a vacancy created to nomination is 65 days — and the average time from vacancy created to a hearing is 113 days.
  • Judge Barrett’s existing record shows that her views and philosophy are directly contrary to AAUW’s mission, including: undermining Title IX by making it more difficult for female students to battle sex discrimination in schools, curtailing reproductive freedoms and access to health care and weakening protections for workers.
  • Even though this was a job interview for a lifetime appointment, Judge Barrett refused to substantively answer most questions.
  • Judge Barrett has consistently failed to ensure that workers who have faced discrimination are protected. AAUW advocates for an equitable access and advancement in employment for all workers, free from systemic barriers and biases, including vigorous enforcement of employment discrimination statutes. Judge Barrett has routinely demonstrated a lack of commitment to protecting workers’ rights, including workers of color and older workers.
  • AAUW supports universal access to quality, affordable health care and comprehensive family planning services, including the expansion of patients’ rights under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Judge Barrett has criticized the ACA, making clear that she is not committed to protecting access to healthcare for women and those with preexisting conditions.
  • Judge Barrett’s opinions raise questions about the ability of educational institutions to protect students from sexual assault. AAUW advocates for the vigorous enforcement of Title IX and the ability for all students to access an education free from barriers and bias. Judge Barrett’s record indicates a greater concern for those who hinder the ability of others to learn, rather than for those who have been marginalized and denied equitable access to education.

Want to engage more?

To ensure you see updates on Supreme Court engagement opportunities first,
text “SAVEOURCOURT ” to 21333 to get AAUW action alerts via text.

Check out our full list of advocacy actions to fight for a just and fair Supreme Court.

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