AAUW advocates for women and girls. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day. AAUW is on the cutting edge of the fight for fair pay and economic security for women and their families through research, education and advocacy. The Public Policy Program of AAUW and AAUW CA is member approved. The nonpartisan program provides the framework and resources that the AAUW San Jose Branch uses to inform and advocate on a local, state and national level.
AAUW and AAUW CA State Issues
- Pay Equity
- Student Loans
- Health Care
- Violence Against Women Act
- Reproductive Rights
- Women’s Health
- Human Trafficking
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AAUW San Jose
Public Policy Committee
The Public Policy Committee advances equity for women and girls through an active program of advocacy that engages all branch members in every level of the political process. Collaboration with other community organizations increases our effectiveness.
- Legislative advocacy with AAUW CA
- Legislator Visits with local Lawmakers
- Voter registration drives
- Voter education forums
- Programs to inform members and the community
Legal Advocacy Fund
Nationally, with local Branch support, the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to combat sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. Each year AAUW San Jose presents a program focused on an issue highlighted by this fund’s research. In 2013, Elizabeth Kristen, Director of the Gender Equity Program and senior staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center in San Francisco spoke about the LAF efforts of AAUW.
LAF initiatives include community and campus outreach programs, a resource library and online advocacy tools, a Legal Referral Network, and various research reports. LAF also provides support to workplace sex discrimination cases that have the potential to make a difference for all women.
The Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) supported plaintiffs and their legal team for the case Mansourian, et al. v. Regents of the University of California, et al. The case settled in favor of the plaintiffs in February 2012.
AAUW has sponsored a wide variety of research reports to highlight the needs of women and girls, for example:
- Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success: This report recommends policies and practices to help women succeed in community colleges.
- Behind the Pay Gap: Just one year out of college, women already earn less than their male colleagues.
- Crossing the Line: Sexual harassment in our nation’s schools, focused on grades 7-12.
- Why So Few?: An in-depth profile of eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers that continue to block women’s participation and progress in science, technology, engineering, and math.