Public Policy

2018-2023 Public Policy Chair:  Sylvia Rogers


Equality, Individual Rights, and Social Justice

  • Support actions to make the ERA the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • Support full access to civil and constitutional rights, including affirmative action and voting rights and an amendment to Virginia’s Constitution that affirms the right to vote
  • Support measures to ensure fair, nonpartisan redistricting and transparency in government
  • Support self-determination of women’s health decisions, including reproductive rights
  • Advocate for 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

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 and promote support for quality, affordable health care and childcare; paid family and medical leave and paid sick days; family planning services; and senior care and services
  • Support a livable minimum wage standard and policies and programs to eliminate food and housing insecurities


  • Support Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education and the enforcement of such laws
  • Support adequate and equitable funding for quality public education for all students in order to reduce educational disparities and ensure students have equitable access to distance learning and school meals
  • 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.


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.