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AAUW Public Policy Program

The Public Policy Program is the cornerstone of our mission to promote gender equity for women and girls. Through this program, AAUW has been primarily responsible for all legislation passed in favor of women in the last 100 years. The success of this program depends on a synergistic relationship between the national organization and 1000 branches and 100,000 members across the country.

Since AAUW’s founding our members and supporters have spoken out about policies important to women and girls. Without their voices, invaluable legislation would have never been passed. In recent years, such legislation included the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

The entire public policy process is thorough, transparent and inclusive:

  • AAUW’s policy work connects and rallies advocates at the local, state, national, and global levels to advance our work to empower women and girls. With the member-endorsed Public Policy Program as our guide, AAUW uses lobbying and grassroots efforts to push forward policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women.
  • The AAUW Public Policy and Government Relations Department, with input from the member leaders of the AAUW Public Policy Committee, leads AAUW’s lobbying and grassroots efforts. However, AAUW member advocates across the country who give their time, energy, and voice to AAUW issues deserve the credit for truly advancing women.
  • At the local level, we are kept abreast of the progress of the bill and are provided timely opportunities to write letters and send petitions to our elected officials urging them to act in favor of bills and acts that support gender equity.

A unique feature of our Public Policy Program is the Two-Minute Activist. Easy to use, this mechanism gives us the latest legislative updates and carries our voices to members of the Congress. For the Two-Minute Activist select Public Policy/Two-Minute Activist.


Further information

Local Public Policy Chair:  Patricia DeLeo; 845/883-5181    


AAUW National & Poughkeepsie Branch:

AAUW Association Public Policy Issues>>

AAUW Association Public Policy Priorities 2017 -2019>>

Equal Pay Day 2019

Dutchess County Legislature passed a proclamation on

February 11, 2019 proclaiming

April 2, 2019 as Equal Pay Day

Full Text of Proclamation>>


RESOLVED that the Dutchess County Legislature does hereby proclaim Tuesday, April 2, 2010. as "Equal Pay Day" in Dutchess County and calls upon all citizens, businesses, public and private agencies, media, and religious and educational institutions within the County to actively participate in community efforts to recognize the full value of women's skills and significant contributions to the labor force, and further encourages businesses to conduct an internal pay evaluation to ensure women are being paid fairly.


Join Poughkeepsie AAUW to mark Equal Pay Day 2017!


   The Wine Bowl will return next April.

Check back for time and place!

Eliminate the .22 cents Gender Pay Gap.  Pledge your support over a wine or other beverage and remember, make it a Lysistrata kind of night. 


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Website comments are welcome and may be directed to Mary King. This page last updated on Feb 12, 2019