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2019-2021 AAUW PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES

Education and Training

To support a strong system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity, diversity and inclusivity, and to address the barriers and implicit biases that hinder the advancement of women and girls, AAUW advocates:
● Vigorous enforcement of Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education
● Adequate and equitable funding for quality public education for all students
● Opposition to the use of public funds for nonpublic elementary and secondary education and to charter schools that do not adhere to the same civil rights and accountability standards as required of other public schools
● Increased support for and protection of programs that meet the needs of girls and women in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education, including strong promotion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and comprehensive sexual health education
● Increased support for and access to affordable higher education for women and disadvantaged populations
● Support for practices that halt the flow of students from schools to prisons, including reforming school disciplinary practices that disproportionately punish girls and students of color

Economic Security

To achieve economic security for all women, AAUW advocates
● Pay equity and fairness in compensation and benefits
● Equitable access and advancement in employment, free from systemic barriers and biases, including vigorous enforcement of employment discrimination statutes
● Closing the gender and race gaps in leadership opportunities for women of all backgrounds
● Greater availability of and access to a high standard of benefits and policies that promote work-life balance, including quality and affordable dependent care and paid family, medical, and sick leave
● Programs that provide women with education, training, and support for success in the workforce, including nontraditional occupations and women’s entrepreneurship
● Strengthening programs, including welfare and career and technical education, to improve postsecondary education access, career development, and earning potential
● Strengthening retirement benefits and programs, including pension improvements and protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid from privatization
● Access for all women to the full range of health care services to ensure economic security
● Increasing the number of quality jobs that pay a living wage

Leadership

To guarantee equality, individual rights, and social justice for a diverse and inclusive society, AAUW advocates
● Vigorous enforcement of and full access to civil and constitutional rights, including affirmative action and expanding voting rights
● Self-determination of one’s reproductive health decisions
● Universal access to quality, affordable health care and comprehensive family planning services, including expansion of patients’ rights
● Freedom from violence and fear of violence, including hate crimes, in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities
● Support for U.N. programs that address human rights and women’s and girls’ concerns
● Freedom in the definition of self and family and a guarantee of civil rights for all family structures
● Passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

2020-2022 AAUW of Virginia PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES

Equality, Individual Rights, and Social Justice

  • Support additional actions, as required, so that the ERA becomes the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Support access to civil and constitutional rights, including affirmative action and voting rights
  • Support measures to ensure fair, nonpartisan redistricting, and transparency in government
  • Support self-determination of women’s health decisions, including reproductive rights
  • Assure 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 for quality, affordable health care and family planning services, dependent care, and paid family, medical and sick leave
  • Support a livable minimum wage standard

Education

  • Support Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education
  • Provide adequate and equitable funding for quality public education for all students
  • 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
  • Promote and protect programs that meet the educational needs of girls and women at all levels, including STEM fields
  • Increase support for and access to affordable higher education for women and disadvantaged populations