Changing the Climate for Women and Girls: Local Women Rising

Imagine a community with endless possibilities for speaking up for women and girls! Participate in Community Action Projects – Financially Fit for Life, Gifts for Teens, Local Scholarship, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Tech Trek … Amplify your voice by joining a large, well-organized group of advocates for Pay Equity, for equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and for election of more women to public office … Protect access to reproductive health including reproductive choice, and help achieve safety on school campuses Discover how to negotiate salaries through Start Smart and Work SmartHelp organize the Strong Women Leadership Conference and empower local college women … Explore Interest Groups  Attend inspiring and educational Programs …  Enjoy Open House events and New Member Socials throughout the year … Join and make a difference!


Taking Action on Public Policy

Please join us in taking action! It’s easy and rewarding!!
There are many ways to make your voice heard: postcards, phone calls, emails, online petitions, social media and on and on.

  • Actions are simple and can be as short as a single sentence. Whatever method you choose, know that your opinion will be a tallied and used as data to support or oppose.
  • The difficulty may be in deciding just what topic to address and what to say.
  • This is where the Public Policy Committee hopes to help. We’ll be sending periodic alerts on current topics with suggested actions.

Here’s your first action.
Send a message to Urge Your Senators to Reject Efforts to Gut Health Care. Click Act Now.

AAUW believes that everyone deserves high-quality, affordable, and accessible health care. A repeal of the Affordable Care Act would eradicate years of progress in expanding health care access for women, including increasing out-of-pocket costs, causing premiums to skyrocket, eliminating coverage for Essential Health Benefits like maternity care, and gutting Medicaid.

Or, call (202) 224-3121 to reach your senators.

The message is simple:
My name is NAME and I am calling from CITY, STATE. As your constituent, I urge you to reject the American Health Care Act and any other effort that reduces access or does not provide the same level and quality of health care coverage for women and families.

Go ahead. It feels good to take action!


A Woman You Should Know

Emily Temple-Wood (“Keilana”) is an American Wikipedia editor who is known for her efforts to counter the effects and causes of gender bias on Wikipedia, particularly through the creation of articles about women scientists. She is currently the vice president of Wikimedia DC, the District of Columbia-area chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation, as well as a member of their board of directors. She is also a board member of the Wiki Project Med Foundation, and a Wikipedian in Residence at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. She was declared a joint recipient of the 2016 Wikipedian of the Year by Wikimania. Read more about this inspiring young woman who is making a difference here.