Public Policy/International Relations

We work to inform members about the current Public Policy Priorities of AAUW which serve to advance gender equity for women and girls. Speakers and forums promote public discussion of these topics as well as information related to current ballot issues. Some of the topics covered are: pay equity, educational opportunities, enforcement of Title IX, and affirmative action.

We also work to inform members about AAUW’s efforts to advance equality for women across the globe. Fellowships are awarded to women in more than 150 countries, and AAUW works closely with the United Nations and U.S. Dept. of State to improve the status of women throughout the world. We invite members to participate in the yearly Women PeaceMaker forums at USD.

Public Policy is the core of AAUW.  Essentially we are “promoting equity and education for women and girls”, but the reality is that today helping even one is helping all who encounter discrimination.  What is the strongest weapon available to achieve equality?  It is the law, because all people are equal under the law.

Since Public Policy concentrates on equity for women and girls, we combine education with action to achieve legislation.  Policy Co-Chairs  AAUW California, Kathi Harper and Sue Miller, keep us informed on bills before the legislature that our organizations supports. Anita Reith and Barbara Evje have given presentations, but we are non-political and never tell you how to vote. We do help you keep in touch with your elected officials.

Unfortunately, legislation is not enough. It needs to be enforced. Over the years we have had speakers who play a leading role in the educational, economic and political life of San Diego. Greater economic prosperity through justice is the Key to all our programs. From the right to vote to Title IX to equality in the workplace, we are fighting poverty through the advancement of our gender.

In March 2019 Nancy J. Wahlig of the University California San Diego CARE spoke to our general meeting.  She represented the enforcement of Title IX and as such her organization was open to all members of the UCSD community. This recognition enforces the idea that what is good for one is good for all.

Public Policy works closely with education as a tool for progress.  In September (Tech Trek month) our speaker, Jasmine L. Sadler, was an ideal proponent of the value of diversity in our society.  Ms Sadler of STEAM Collaborative combines engineering knowledge with artistic ability and is bringing these skills to girls from a minority background.

AAUW represents all women in the world, not just the USA.  In November Anne Hoiberg, Director of International Relations League of Women Voters, will speak on the status of women in the world.





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