Public Policy Principles and Priorities

Port Townsend branch members 2019 Lobby Day

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.

Oct. 2020 – AAUW National Speaks Out About a Supreme Court Judge Nomination
“When the time is right, it is AAUW’s fervent hope that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg be replaced with a justice who, like her, can be an independent voice and fierce, fair-minded advocate for American women and their families… [read more]

Sept. 2020 – APPROVE R-90!
Referendum 90 asks voters to approve or reject Washington Senate Bill 5395, which was approved by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor last year. Designed to require comprehensive sexual health education in public schools, SB 5395 was actively supported by AAUW. A vote to approve Referendum 90 would allow SB 5395 to go into effect. A vote to reject this referendum would repeal Senate Bill 5395, which is currently on hold pending the outcome of this election.
We heartily endorsed the comprehensive sexual health education bill that was enacted and encourage you to cast a yes vote to support it now. Read more…

Sept. 2019 News — Referendum 88

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Read more about our annual Lobby Day in Olympia…

Washington State’s Legislative Changes – Respond to the #Me-Too Movement
Washington State remains on the forefront of history by adopting a series of bills designed to expand equal pay protections and enhance protections for employees’ subject to workplace discrimination or harassment. In Olympia spring 2018, 170 women working in the State Legislature signed a letter calling for a shift in workplace culture. The letter was addressed to Democratic and Republican leaders and was signed by a bipartisan group of current or former lawmakers, lobbyists and legislative staffers. A letter prepared by the Northwest Women’s Law Center that is worth reading. Use this link:

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View/print the approved 2016-2018 public policy principles and priorities here.