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.

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.

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.