Public Policy

At national, state, and local levels, AAUW Public Policy addresses issues aligned with AAUW’s policy work to empower women and girls. At all levels, our members first study the issues and then advocate and take action.

In Morgan Hill, we advocate for action through

  • Voter registration drives.
  • Candidate forums for city, school district, and county offices.
  • Dialog with local, state, and national representatives.
  • Email, texting, and letter-writing campaigns.
  • “Equal Pay Day” materials and presentations at schools
  • Branch programs to inform members and the community
  • Implementation of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) as “AAUW seeks to promote inclusion and awareness for all members to create an equitable, sustainable and inclusive membership reflective of today’s world.” (LEARN MORE)
  • Climate Education & Action (LEARN MORE), to advocate action to combat climate change.

Political Versus Partisan

Advocating for issues such as equity in pay, legal status, retirement security, health care, and educational opportunity definitely is political work. To achieve our mission and goals, we must engage with current and potential office-holders and appointed officials, and exert influence at all levels of public life. We do our research and then we decide how to take action. That is politics, and AAUW has been doing it since 1881.

Our mission, goals, and work are non-partisan. As AAUW, we engage with issues without regard to which political parties are involved or their positions, and we engage with public officials without regard to their party affiliations.  As AAUW, we encourage women to run for public office with concern for their positions on our key issues, not because of their party affiliation. As AAUW, we do not pledge support to any political party, support party tickets, or support party-aligned candidates.

Of course, individual AAUW members may take partisan political positions and action that fits their ideals. They may not, however, take partisan positions or make partisan statements on behalf of AAUW.

The Public Policy Program of AAUW and AAUW California is approved by its members. That Public Policy Program provides the framework used by AAUW Morgan Hill to inform and advocate in our branch and community. For more information or to get involved, contact our Public Policy Chair.

AAUW and AAUW California State Issues

At the national level, AAUW advocates for:

  • All women to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
  • A strong system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity, diversity, and vigorous enforcement of Title IX.
  • Equality, individual rights, and social justice for a diverse society.

In California, AAUW advocates for:

  • Economic security for women and girls.
  • Laws to eliminate human trafficking.
  • Laws supporting reproductive health.
  • Social Justice reform.
  • Action to reduce/eliminate student debt.
  • Support for Title IX.
  • Voter education.

Become a Two Minute Activist

Our members and supporters were among the millions worldwide in the #WomensMarch. We have protested the unjust treatment of people of color in this country, and we have protested the unlawful and violent invasion of the Capitol. What next? Tell your elected officials to make women’s priorities and equity for all national priorities. You do not need to be an AAUW member to signup for or utilize these lobbying resources.