Public Policy and Legislative Agenda

Denise Murden & Janine Greenwood

 Co-Vice Presidents for Public Policy

Ready, Set, Advocate!

More than 30 AAUW-VA members returned to their homes from Lobby Day in Richmond on January 31 having contacted nearly 80 General Assembly legislators about our 2024 legislative and policy priorities. Now members and friends have another opportunity to advocate for legislation that will further equity for women and girls. Help to magnify our influence and make a difference for women’s and civil rights by joining us for our first-ever Virtual Lobby Day on February 28.

On Virtual Lobby Day, we ask you to contact both your Virginia State Senator and Delegate by phone or email, to post about our issues on social media, and/or write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about one or more of our policy priorities.

Learn more about AAUW of Virginia’s 2024 legislative and policy agenda and prepare for Virtual Lobby Day by visiting our resource page, which includes our 2024 Lobby Day packet (Link to legislative agenda and planning materials).

If you register with us, on Virtual Lobby Day you will have the messages you need to send to your legislators on the key issues that remain to be dealt with before session ends on March 9.

Join us for an AAUW-VA Virtual Lobby Day Kickoff via Zoom at 9 a.m., when we will provide legislative updates and answer questions. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet other advocates for women’s equity.

 

2024 Lobby Day Packet

NONPARTISAN BUT POLITICALLY ENGAGED

AAUW’s nonpartisan policy means that the organization does not endorse party-nominated candidates. However, AAUW does endorse legislation; thus, we are nonpartisan, but we are not nonpolitical. AAUW has always taken political stands on the critical issues of the day, as dictated by the member-adopted Public Policy Priorities. AAUW works with any policy maker from any party who cares about our priority issues and shares our goals — even if that policy maker differs with us on another facet of the AAUW Public Policy Priorities.

 AAUW-VA Legislative & Policy Priorities 2023-2024

AAUW (American Association of University Women) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research to improve the lives of women and their families. AAUW-VA’s 2022-2024 Public Policy Priorities encompass issues related to economic security; education; and equality, individual rights, and social justice. The following legislative and policy priorities are those we will focus on for the 2024 Virginia General Assembly legislative session and beyond:
      • Advocate for abortion rights and for a reproductive rights Virginia Constitutional amendment
      • Advocate for economic security and equity for women in the workplace
      • Make childcare affordable and readily available for all families
      • Ensure full public-school funding and a strong system of public education that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusivity
      • Protect full access to voting through a Virginia Constitutional amendment

A complete list of AAUW-VA Legislative & Policy Priorities for 2023-2024 is available here.

VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY:  Redistricting and legislator retirements created many changes in the member roster for the 2024 General Assembly.  Members are encouraged to know their local Virginia Delegates and Virginia Senators and to reach out to them for meetings to discuss our Priorities and as speakers for branch events. If you do not know your legislators, you can find them by entering your address here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

PRINCIPAL ORGANIZATIONS WE COLLABORATE WITH:

Fund Our Schools Coalition: https://www.fundourschoolsva.org/

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia:
https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/planned-parenthood-advocates-virginia-inc/about-us

NOW Virginia:  https://vanow.org/

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy: https://virginiainterfaithcenter.org/

Virginia Promise Partnership: https://www.vapromisepartnership.com/

League of Women Voters of Virginia: https://lwv-va.org/

OTHER RESOURCES

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