AAUW advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.
Celebrating 140 Years and Looking Ahead
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 24, 2022. The following is a statement from Gloria L. Blackwell, AAUW Chief Executive Officer:
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) strongly condemns the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The decision overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutionally protected right nearly 50 years ago and ignores the will of the American people, 80% of whom support legal abortion.
AAUW believes everyone has the right to make decisions about their own reproductive lives without government interference. Abortion access is vital to women’s ability to control their lives, bodies and futures. Without reproductive freedom, there can be no equity.
Being able to choose whether and when to become a parent improves women’s well-being and fosters economic security—a crucial component of AAUW’s mission. This is particularly important in a country that lacks accessible maternal health care, paid caregiving leave and workplace protections for pregnant workers.
The Court’s decision hurts all of us, but it will do the most harm to low-income people, women of color, immigrants, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people, because these groups already face substantial barriers to accessing reproductive services and health care.
While the Court’s decision is a major setback for all Americans, AAUW remains steadfast in our commitment to protecting reproductive rights, a vital component of gender equity.
Honoring 50 Years of Title IX!
With 37 words, Congress changed the face of education. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
The Summer 2022 Issue of the Vision is posted!
Co-VPs for Public Policy Send Letter to the Governor.
During 2019-2021 Virginia was awarded 46 STARS! Now for 2022-2023 we are excited to announce the following awards.
FIVE STARS Virginia Beach , Reston-Herndon, McLean Area
AAUW of Virginia: 5-Star State!
AAUW Initiates Weekly Branch Leader and AAUW Staff Meetings to Respond to Questions
Learn More: Connect2AAUW Virtual Office Hours
When it comes to economic security, many women face significant challenges. A racial wealth gap and a wider-than-average gender wage gap make it difficult for many to get on firm financial footing. AAUW’s new series of free virtual workshops is aimed at supporting women at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Women’s Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions. Our goal is to help you budget, save and plan for the future. Learn More.
The Gender Pay Gap
No matter how you analyze it, the gender pay gap is real, persistent and harmful to women’s financial well-being. GET THE FACTS.
When women get equal pay — and equal opportunity — they, their families and all of society will thrive. To get there, we need to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion. LEARN MORE.
We need to update our laws to ensure all workers can take home a fair paycheck, and the Paycheck Fairness Act is one big piece of legislation aimed at just that. We must call on all elected officials to listen to voters, who overwhelming support pay equity, and work to pass this important bill. And it must happen now.
Urge your senators to do their part by supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act today!
Racial Equity: BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION
Find information, resources, activities and more on the menu bar above: “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” or directly on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page here.
Catch up on recent webinars!
AAUW is committed to staying connected during these difficult times, so we’re providing regular webinar content for our communities. National staff and outside experts bring you engaging programming on the issues most important to you. Check out the recordings from past webinars and look out for news of upcoming online events!
View a variety of engaging webinars HERE.
AAUW WORK SMART ONLINE IS HERE!
Learn to negotiate your salary NOW! LEARN MORE HERE!
Why does it matter?
The pay gap has lifelong financial effects that grow over time, from the ability to pay for education and childcare to saving for retirement, impacting women in nearly every profession. The Work Smart program teaches women at all stages of their career how to negotiate their pay, resulting in improved financial futures for themselves and their families.
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