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.