Public Policy

AAUW is strictly non-partisan, but it does have an attitude. The public policy issues are set with member feedback, including an every member survey.

Maryland Public Policy

AAUW Maryland’s Public Policy Vice President is Erin Prangley.

AAUW Maryland’s Public Policy positions are guided by the AAUW Public Policy Program   adopted May 2019

AAUW is a member of the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW), a statewide coalition of women’s groups and individuals formed to provide a non-partisan, independent, voice for Maryland women and families. The group advocates for progressive legislation and policy that promotes and protects the well being of Maryland women and their families and provides them opportunities to develop their full potential.

AAUW is also participating in collective advocacy on behalf of Maryland Women and their families as a member of the following coalitions:

2019 Maryland Legislative Session

National Issues

For more than a century, AAUW has influenced legislative debate on critical issues such as education, Social Security, sex discrimination, civil rights, reproductive choice, affirmative action, Title IX, welfare reform, vocational education, pay equity, family and medical leave, and health care reform.

5 Issues AAUW is Watching in 2020.  As a non-partisan organization, AAUW doesn’t endorse specific candidates. But that doesn’t mean we’re not advocates for the policies that matter most to us. Indeed, we have a long history of championing policies that advance equality for women in education and the workplace.  So, in the months ahead, AAUW will be watching closely to see where candidates stand on these five issues:

  1. Equal Pay for Equal Work.To close the stubborn wage gap, we need leaders who will pass the federal Paycheck Fairness Act and advocate for laws and policies that ensure women are not discriminated against at work.
  2. Investing in Education. Education is the pathway for women and girls, but too many of our schools are falling short. We need to raise teacher pay, invest in STEM education, protect Title IX and make education a top national priority.
  3. Reducing Student Debt.Women hold two-thirds of the nation’s $1.46 trillion educational debt. Policymakers should protect grant programs, champion tuition- and debt-free options and expand loan forgiveness programs.
  4. Strengthening Social Security. Because of lower wages and time off from work, women collect about $320 a month less than men do in Social Security benefits. Our lawmakers need to address the retirement wage gap women face.
  5. Implementing Paid Leave. The U.S. is the only developed country without paid family and sick leave. Let’s adopt policies to give workers paid time off for illness and caregiving.

Advocacy is about AAUW members and all citizens concerned with equality and being knowledgeable and aware of the current status of important issues. AAUW compiles current information and resources for as many issues as possible to provide central issue pages that offer the freshest information and most effective avenues for action on issues important to you.

Public Policy Resources for Branches

  • AAUW Public Policy Program   adopted June 2017
  • AAUW on the Issues – Offers the freshest information and most effective avenues for action on issues important to you.
  • Two-Minute Activist – Interactive resource for speaking out about today’s hot issue.
  • Voter Education Campaign – Election year campaigns to educate women voters on critical issues and encourage them to register and vote.

The AAUW Capitol Hill Lobby Corps – AAUW relies on the Capitol Hill Lobby Corps to effectively promote AAUW’s public policy program by actively lobbying federal policy makers. They advance AAUW’s mission of equity and education for all women and girls. Since 1972, the Lobby Corps has visited tens of thousands of congressional offices. Members lobby  quarterly. New Lobby Corps members are paired with experienced members, allowing time for new members to comfortably improve their skills.  If you are interested in learning more about the Lobby Corps, visit the Lobby Corps page or email VoterEd@aauw.org