AAUW California encourages its members to become involved in every level of the political process. We actively support legislation on educational equity and diversity in public schools, pay equity, reproductive choice, child care, school-based health care, civil rights, and responsible funding for public education that will improve the lives of women and their families.
Advocacy activities include the work on priority legislative items by our Sacramento-based advocate, Shannon Smith-Crowley; legislative Action Alerts sent to members; branch and InterBranch Council programs on the topics addressed in our legislative agenda; branch activities to highlight special events, such as Equal Pay Day; activities related to local and statewide elections; and branch efforts to build rapport with the local offices of our legislators and elected officials.
There are over 50 organizations that are part of the CCRF coalition. They support advocacy and political issues relating to sexual and reproductive health rights and justice for women and girls.
Stronger California has over two dozen member organizations and supports the California Women’s Economic Agenda, which is based on the following four pillars:
Pillar One – Fair Pay and Job Opportunities
Pillar Two – Access to Childcare
Pillar Three – Family Friendly Workplace
The Title IX Coalition includes the California Women’s Law Center, Equal Rights Advocates and the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, along with AAUW. Title IX goes beyond school athletics to protect students in all school environments from unfair treatment, including policies regarding dress, sexual harassment, bullying, and gender identity. Title IX states that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational programs or activity receiving federal financial assistance."