Public Policy Principles and Priorities

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AAUW-WA’s public policy program underscores AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research, speaking to women’s needs, aspirations, and concerns across the life span.  The work of AAUW-WA builds upon over a century of responsible public participation at the local, state, national, and international levels.

 AAUW-WA Public Policy Principles for Action – Approved for 2014-2016

 Basic to all of AAUW-WA’s public policy efforts is the understanding that true equity requires a balance between the rights of the individual and the needs of the community. We firmly believe in the separation of church and state. We support a fair, balanced, and independent judiciary. We oppose all forms of discrimination, and we support affirmative action to improve racial, ethnic, and gender diversity. We affirm our commitment to passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

 AAUW-WA supports constitutional protection for the civil rights of all individuals, including the right to privacy, and we believe in choice in the determination of one’s reproductive life.

 AAUW-WA believes that quality public education is the foundation of a democratic society. We advocate equity, academic freedom, protection from censorship, bias-free education, and responsible, ample, and stable state funding for all levels of education. We advocate high quality, accessible, comprehensive public education at all levels, early childhood through post-secondary, including programs that support lifelong learning and meet the needs of women re-entering the workforce. We advocate the right of citizens to be informed and involved in the goals, policies and operations of all public education institutions with school boards, trustees and regents being fully accountable to the public. We advocate for well-educated, fairly compensated and highly competent teaching professionals and high quality, innovative professional training programs.

 AAUW-WA promotes the economic, social, and physical well-being of all persons. Essential to that well-being are an economy that provides equitable employment opportunities; a livable wage; reduction of poverty; quality affordable dependent care; paid family and medical leave; decent and affordable housing; and accessible affordable quality health care. Critical to the well-being of all persons are freedom from violence and a clean and healthful environment. We support public budgets that balance individual rights and responsibility to community, and a tax system that will provide a stable source of public funds and produce over-all equity in the distribution of tax burdens. We support meaningful campaign finance reform that will promote equitable participation and representation and public disclosure of finances of elected and appointed officials and candidates.

 AAUW-WA values and is committed to the arts and humanities, which develop and enhance our pluralistic cultural heritage.

 

AAUW-WA Public Policy Priorities – Approved for 2014-2016

AAUW (The American Association of University Women) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy. AAUW of Washington State is a champion of equal rights for women and girls and for quality education in Washington State.

We support State legislation and budgets that:

 Provide ample funding of Basic Education as required by the McCleary Decision

  • Improve access to postsecondary education

  • Protect access to comprehensive reproductive health care

  • Provide access to paid sick and safe leave

  • Promote pay equity

  • Support programs and activities which work to eradicate human trafficking

 We support public budgets that balance individual rights and responsibility to community, and a tax system that will provide a stable source of public funds and produce over-all equity in the distribution of tax burdens.