Public Policy Activism
One of the most compelling reasons women and men join AAUW is to support the many positions it takes on the important issues facing women today and the lobbying AAUW does for them on Capitol Hill. These positions are always backed by extensive study and debated at our biennial convention.
National tools for activism
- Two-Minute Activist: Take just two minutes to send your congressperson or senator a message about an important piece of legislation.
- AAUW Issues
- Program: Woman-to-Woman Voter TurnoutA workshop that covers the components of planning and implementing an effective campaign to turn out women to vote.
- Tools for Grassroots Action: More tools for speaking out.
- Washington Update: Sign up to get your free updates on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., via e-mail.
- Public Policy Program: Get all the details about AAUW’s goals and plans.
- Public Policy Chair Resource Manual: A comprehensive resource for public policy chairs.
- Join the Action Network: Stay informed on local, state and national issues and candidates.
- Public Policy Brochure: The public policy program underscores AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research and speaks to women’s needs, aspirations, and concerns across the life span. Download this brochure or order it in quantity from Shop AAUW for just the cost of shipping. For more downloadable AAUW brochures, go here.
- AAUW Dialog: Join the conversation about equity for women and girls on the AAUW blog.
AAUW activism in Ohio
State level activism is directed toward lobbying the state legislature on key issues and encouraging branches to carry out the national public policy program. We encourage public policy action in our 50 Ohio branches.
- Statewide Public Policy Advocacy: Karen Rainey is AAUW Ohio’s public policy advocate. Her testimony is available on this page.
- Stop Trafficking in Ohio: The goal of this statewide project is ending human trafficking in our state and beyond.
- Making History Project: The goal of this statewide project is to help boost grades on the social studies portion of the Ohio Achievement Test.
State tools for advocacy:
- Ohio State Legislature: Contact your state representative and senator and stay informed about bills being considered.
- Ohio Orbit: AAUW Ohio newsletter, which is published throughout the year.
- AAUW Ohio Public Policy E-Newsletter: Sent out electronically four times a year.
- Public Policy Challenge: Tips on visiting state legislators to advocate for change.
AAUW activism in our branches
Ohio branch activism ranges from simply informing branch members about national positions to carrying outcomplex projects such as community forums and get-out-the vote activities. On this site, branches can find:
- Details about our statewide Stop Trafficking in Ohio and Making History Project in which branches can participate to help stop human trafficking and boost grades on the social studies portion of the Ohio Achievement Test.
- Information to help branches organize their approach to activism, become informed on the issues. See links above.
- Help for planning projects that advance our mission and lobby legislators at the national and state level. See links above and on our Programming and recruitment page.
- Recognition of branch advocacy accomplishments.