Public Policy

actionnetworkAAUW’s Public Policy Program underscores AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The work of AAUW builds upon more than 130 years of responsible public participation. To learn more about AAUW’s action priorities at the federal level, see the national AAUW website. For Washington state priorities, see www.aauw-wa.org/  To discuss local branch priorities and activities, contact us: publicpolicy@aauwpt.org. Don’t forget that the Two Minute Activist gives you the opportunity to react quickly to ongoing legislation and issues in Washington, D.C. You will be able to email your members of Congress directly.  Go to www.aauwaction.org/.


Lobbying for Women

Lobby Day 2017: Debbi Steele, Susie Pool Moses, Jeanie Glaspell, Judy Sroufe, Cheryl Bentley, Anne Virtue

Lobby Day 2017: Debbi Steele, Susie Pool Moses, Jeanie Glaspell, Judy Sroufe, Cheryl Bentley, Anne Virtue

Port Townsend AAUW members join members of other AAUW branches from throughout the state to participate in an annual state Lobby Day in Olympia. Members are briefed about pending bills so that they may be effective advocates as they meet with their elected representatives.

Jan. 2017: Met with our two Representatives and one Senator. heard from Calandra Sechrist who is the Equity and Civil Rights Director at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).  Juli Salvi from the Washington Education Association talked about education funding.  Pam Crone, our AAUW Legislative Consultant in Olympia, talked about the relevant bills coming soon. Attended hearing on the Paid Family Leave and Pregnancy Accommodation bills.

Don’t forget that the Two Minute Activist gives you the opportunity to react quickly to ongoing legislation and issues in Washington, D.C. You will be able to email your members of Congress directly.  Go to https://www.aauwaction.org/. Members interested in public policy issues can receive regular updates from AAUW on legislation affecting education and the general welfare of women and girls. You can subscribe for free to the Action Network which links you to AAUW’s Two Minute Activist site.  There you can find out about current issues and send an email directly to your Congressional Representatives and Senators.  To subscribe, visit www.aauw.org/actionnetwork


Political Forums

In election seasons, Port Townsend AAUW hosts community candidate forums and issues forums to help voters obtain the information they need to make informed choices.
GET OUT THE VOTE!! Subscribe for email VoterEd@aauw.org .  One of the main initiatives this year is It’s My Vote, I will be heard.  AAUW members nation-wide are encouraging young millennial women voters to get registered and vote in November.  Please encourage your daughters and granddaughters to vote!!