Public Policy and Legislative Agenda

 Co-Vice Presidents for Public Policy

Susan Burk & Denise Murden

AAUW is a member organization of the ERA Coalition, which continues to press forward with actions needed to have the ERA become a part of the U.S. Constitution. The ERA Coalition provides regular updates on progress and needed actions. 

Further, if you have not yet written to our U.S. Senators to let them know you want the ERA ratified, be sure to use AAUW’s Two-Minute Activist tool to do so right away. It takes just a minute or two to complete the form and send it. Do it here:

2020-2022 AAUW-VA Public Policy Priorities

(Voting for 2022-2024 Priorities begins May 6. Watch for your ballot email! )

Equality, Individual Rights, and Social Justice

  • Support additional actions, as required, so that the ERA becomes the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Support access to civil and constitutional rights, including affirmative action and voting rights
  • Support measures to ensure fair, nonpartisan redistricting, and transparency in government
  • Support self-determination of women’s health decisions, including reproductive rights
  • Assure freedom from violence and fear of violence, including bullying, hate crimes, sexual harassment, and human trafficking
  • Advocate for diversity and inclusion as mission-based values


  • Support Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education
  • Provide adequate and equitable funding for quality public education for all students
  • Oppose use of public funds for nonpublic elementary and secondary schools and to charter schools that do not adhere to the civil rights and accountability standards required of other public schools
  • Promote and protect programs that meet the educational needs of girls and women at all levels, including STEM fields
  • Increase support for and access to affordable higher education for women and disadvantaged populations

Economic Security

  • Support adoption of measures to close the gender pay gap and promote fairness in compensation and benefits
  • Support equitable access and advancement in employment and leadership opportunities for women
  • Advocate for quality, affordable health care and family planning services, dependent care, and paid family, medical and sick leave
  • Support a livable minimum wage standard

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Reporting Your AAUW Public Policy Events & Activities

Is your branch holding a public policy advocacy event or activity?  The AAUW public policy staff wants to help you make the most of your upcoming advocacy events and activities! Please use this form to share your plans and let them know how they can assist you.   Upcoming AAUW Advocacy Activity & Events  Form

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