AAUW Public Policy

Public Policy Program

Adopted June 2015

The Public Policy Program underscores AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research and speaks to women’s needs, aspirations, and concerns across the life span.

AAUW’s Public Policy Program, adopted every two years by every-member vote, establishes the federal action priorities on which AAUW members across the country focus their advocacy efforts and guides the work of the national staff. States and branches should also use the Public Policy Program to inform their advocacy efforts on state and local issues. The adoption of the Public Policy Program is the culmination of a process involving state public policy chairs and many other AAUW members. Leaders regularly solicit feedback, and members complete surveys online and through an every-member publication. Staff also recommends likely congressional action.

In the fall of even-numbered years, the AAUW Public Policy Committee uses this information to develop a proposed Public Policy Program, based on viability, critical need, strong member support, and potential for distinctive contribution. Once the draft is developed, it is posted online for a period of comments and submission of additional proposed revisions. The APPC then finalizes the proposed Public Policy Program, and the AAUW Board of Directors reviews, amends as necessary, and approves it before it goes to the membership for a vote in the spring of odd-numbered years. The strength of the AAUW Public Policy Program is that it originates and ends with the membership.

Further details can be found at Public Policy Resources