Public Policy

AAUW – The Public Policy Priorities for 2015-2017

Every two years AAUW develops a set of public policy priorities for the next two years.  The priorities set for 2015-2017 are:

CIVIL RIGHTS – advocating for equality, individual rights and social justice for a diverse society.

ECONOMIC SECURITY – advocating for all women to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

EDUCATION – advocating for a strong system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity and diversity.

These public policy priorities will provide a framework for action at the international, national, state, and local level.  As the AAUW website states, “Advocacy isn’t just about AAUW lending our name to an issue or speaking up on Capitol Hill. Advocacy is about AAUW members and all citizens concerned with equity being knowledgeable and aware of the current status of important issues.”

It may not be possible for each member to be knowledgeable about all the issues, but as you read about various issues, hopefully you will find one that inspires you to become knowledgeable, and take some action to advocate for it at the local, state, national and/or international level. If each member would give time to one issue, the overall impact would be large and AAUW would more quickly succeed in OUR mission of advancing equity for women and girls.

Marlene Kull, Public Policy Chair

How to Contact your Senators & Representatives

Rep. Knute Buehler
900 Court Street NE  #H-389
Salem, OR  97301 
Rep. Gene Whisnant
900 Court Street NE  #H-471
Salem, OR  97301

Sen. Tim Knopp
900 Court Street NE  #S-423
Salem, OR  97301

Representative Greg Walden (2nd District)
1210 Longworth House Office Bldg
Washington, D.C.  20515


Senator Ron Wyden
230 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20510-3703

Senator Jeff Merkley
B40B Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20510