Public Policy and Legislative Agenda

 Co-Vice Presidents for Public Policy

Susan Burk

Sylvia Rogers

Attention Northern District Members!

The League of Women Voters, Fairfax Area, is once again hosting a number of candidate forums in the fall. AAUW of VA is a co-sponsor of these events and there are many opportunities for our members to volunteer at them. There will be forums in the Mt. Vernon, Sully, Springfield, Braddock, Hunter Mill, Lee, Providence, Dranesville and Mason Districts. There will also be forums for school board elections.
The link above will take you to the League’s website and to Sign-up genius forms for each event. If you are able to volunteer for any of them, please note in the comment section that you are a member of AAUW of VA. It’s a great way to advertise our presence.
Note: Our AAUW of VA Co-President, Leslie Tourigny, will be moderating the Braddock District Candidate Forum on October 5th.

Federal Lobby Day on Thursday, October 17, 2019

We will receive logistical details and information on the subject of our lobbying much closer to the actual date, and will get that information to you as soon as we have it.
If anyone will need a place to stay, please let Susan Burk know as soon as possible so we can find members in the area who can host visitors.
Please send me and Marcy Leverenz, our Lobby Corps coordinator and member of the Springfield-Annandale Branch, the names, branch affiliations, and email addresses of participants by October 10 (We will send a reminder!).  Our Lobby Corps needs that information to plan the program and make assignments.  
Thanks for all you do to harness the energy of AAUW to change the climate for women and girls.

ERA Slides from 2018 Summer Leadership Meeting (updated) 

Public Policy/Take Action
Lobby Corps
Two-Minute Activist

                 2018-2020 AAUW of Virginia PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES

  • Equitable access and advancement in employment for women, including vigorous enforcement of employment anti-discrimination statutes and adoption of additional protections to advance gender pay equity
  • Opposition to the use of public funds for nonpublic elementary and secondary education and to charter schools that do not adhere to the same civil rights and accountability standards required of other public schools
  • Access to quality, affordable health care and family planning support, including individual choice in reproductive decisions and equity in women’s health research and treatment
  • Freedom from violence and fear of violence, including bullying, hate crimes, sexual harassment, and human trafficking
  • Greater availability of and access to a high standard of benefits and policies that promote work-life balance, including access to quality, affordable dependent care and paid family leave
  • Increased support for programs that break through barriers for women and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields
  • Enforcement of and full access to civil and constitutional rights, including protection of voting rights.  Ensure that legislative districts are fairly drawn and government processes are transparent.
  • Enforcement of Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education
  • Passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment


Public Policy Resources


AAUW Help for Branch Public Policy Events

Is your branch holding a public policy advocacy event or activity? Let AAUW know so they can send you materials, spotlight your event, and more! Also, be sure to check out their resources pages for tips and best practices. Fill out the AAUW Upcoming Event or Activity Form to request assistance and materials.

After your activity or event is over, fill out the AAUW Event & Activity Report Back Form to let AAUW know how it went. AAUW wants to spotlight all of your amazing work! Not only that, but  your event will be counted toward meeting the goals of our Public Policy Impact Grant.