Public Policy

AAUW’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 non-partisan public participation. To learn more about AAUW’s action priorities at the federal level, see the National AAUW public policy website. For Washington state priorities, click to see AAUW Washington State website which has Legislative Updates. To discuss local branch priorities and activities, contact us: publicpolicy@aauwpt.org.

Lobby Day 2021 – Our branch Public Policy Director hosts meeting with members and Representative Chapman

July 2021: CANDIDATE FORUMS BEGIN! July 1, 7pm Port Townsend City Council candidates – click for details (https://lwvwa.org/Jefferson)

February 2021 News: Branches throughout Washington state met for LOBBY DAY and also had separate meetings with their own legislators. Port Townsend was well represented! READ MORE>>>

Feb. 20 speakers to our Branch zoom program offered extensive insights and information about women’s issues in Jefferson County. READ MORE>>>

January 2021 News: AAUW members nation-wide are encouraging everyone to support EQUAL PAY… the bipartisan Paycheck Fairness Act was introduced in the US House of Representatives, and it will be introduced in the US Senate. AAUW has worked for 24 years to pass this critical bill, and this is the year we’ll succeed. We need to mobilize quickly to ensure we get it across the finish line. READ MORE>>>


Local Port Townsend branch of AAUW is involved in every election year promoting non-partisan voter education — such as candidate forums for local election. We have been teaming up with League of Women Voters for many years.

We help get out the vote by attending street-side rallies to get out the vote and honor 100 years of women voting! Read more about our commitment to suffrage…

2020 Lobby Day in Olympia – Jan. 27

2019 Lobby Day was held Monday Jan. 28. Read/print report from Susie Pool Moses our Director of Public Policy – click here…

2019 Candidate Forums – co-sponsored with League of Women Voters

  • Port candidates
  • Port Townsend City Council candidates
  • Chimacum School District candidates
  • District Director 3, Chimacum School District

2019 Women’s Marches – Sat. Jan. 19 Seattle – Sun. Jan. 20 Port Townsend


October 2018 News: Candidate forums were held through October. Coordinated by the League of Women Voters and AAUW Port Townsend Public Policy. Hundreds of Jefferson County voters attended.

Jefferson County has record turnout for the primary elections, Spring 2018 – read more in the PT Leader news…

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!!


Lobby Day – Talk directly with Legislators about women’s issues

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

 

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.