Public Policy

The Los Gatos – Saratoga branch of the AAUW is active at both the national and local level in advocating for public policy change.  The items below are a sample of current issues.

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Voting Information

The article below is the first of a series of articles on public policy issues that the state Public Policy Committee is sending to you. Each article will be on a different topic.  The articles are for you to use in your newsletters to provide public policy information to your members. 

The AAUW CA Public Policy Committee

 Another Opportunity to Use Your Voice – VOTE

We are again approaching a major election on November 6, 2018. This is a critical opportunity to support candidates and ballot issues that impact women, girls and their families.

To ensure appropriate access by eligible voters, the website of the Secretary of State’s office (SOS.CA.Gov) outlines the rights and responsibilities of the voter. This site provides information on registration and pre-registration. You can register by mail or online. The SOS website, HighSchool.SOS.Ca.gov  offers a civic engagement portal for teens.

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov 6 Election is Oct 22, 2018.

More information for all voters, including new voters, is available at 1-800 345-8683. Elections Division staff are available also at (916) 657-2166 or the website, SOS.ca.gov .

The best path forward to equity and progress for women, girls and their families is through the ballot box— register and vote!

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” – Abraham Lincoln
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AAUW Policy on Immigration Issues

Recently, immigration issues, particularly the separation of children from the their parents have received a lot of attention.  The California AAUW has asked the National AAUW for guidance on these issues.  Please review this letter to AAUW members.
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AAUW National Public Policy

Refer to the national AAUW site for more information on AAUW public policy activities, including research reports and information on how you can impact public policy.  The top priorities for the AAUW during the 2017-2019 period are:

  1. To support a strong system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity, and diversity.
  2. To achieve economic self-sufficiency for all women.
  3. To guarantee equality, individual rights, and social justice for a diverse society

To download a copy of the AAUW public policy brochure, please click here.

Student Debt Crises for Women

While student debt has recently become an issue that has reached the attention of the public, student debt among women has reached even larger proportions.  The national AAUW research study deeper-in-debt can be read here.

Gender Pay Gap

The  national AAUW has sponsored several reports concerning Gender Pay Gap.  Refer to the national AAUW website page:  AAUW Issues:  Gender Pay Gap.  The November 17 Grapevine contains an article Highlighting Gender Pay Gap that provides additional information and a call to action.
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Local Public Policy in Santa Clara County

Strong Start Program

The Santa Clara County Inter-Branch council and all of the Santa Clara County branches of AAUW support Strong Start.  This program was initiated by the Santa Clara County Office of Education.  Its mission is to ensure that all children in Santa Clara County, age 0 to 8, have access to high quality early care and education opportunities.

For more information, refer to the Strong Start website.