Public Policy

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.

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, it is the AAUW member advocates in our branch who are active at the grassroots level that help to enact policies i.e., Human Trafficking, that empower women.  It is these members whose energy and efforts make these policies happen.

Lobby Corps

The AAUW Action Fund Capitol Hill Lobby Corps actively promotes AAUW’s Public Policy Program by serving as volunteer advocates on Capitol Hill. The Lobby Corps Working Group supports the Lobby Corps by recruiting, mentoring, and assigning lobbying pairs. Volunteers represent only the views and positions outlined in the Public Policy Program. They lobby member of Congress every Thursday when they are in session.  Some of the issues that members advocate are Title IX, Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools, Paid Sick Days, Gender Pay Gap, and Pell Grants.

All members are able to participate in lobby corps. We encourage you to accompany our team members to Capitol Hill to experience first-hand the excitement of advocating for something you believe in will make a difference for women and girls.

Join AAUW Action Fund Lobby Corps:  An Exciting Opportunity to Represent AAUW on Capitol Hill. 

What is Lobby Corps? The AAUW Action Fund Capitol Hill Lobby Corps promotes AAUW’s Public Policy Program by serving as volunteer advocates on Capitol Hill.  Volunteers represent the views and positions outlined in the AAUW member voted Public Policy Program.

Lobby Corps meets every Thursday morning when Congress is in session, at 9:30 am, in either the Senate or House office buildings, as determined by AAUW staff each week.  (Congress is in session about 30 weeks each year, taking breaks for holidays, summer, and campaigning.)  Lobbying visits are usually completed by noon.  Lobby Corps volunteers come from Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. branches.  Most members use Metro to reach Capitol Hill.

Lobby Corps volunteers must:

  1. Be an active member of AAUW
  2. Commit to AAUW issues and convey AAUW’s position on strategic policy issues
  3. Commit to regular participation, with consistent weekly attendance.
  4. Attend an annual Lobby Corps Open House/ Training session at AAUW Headquarters. (Next Open House is Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at new HQ, 1310 L St, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC)

Here’s how the Lobbying process works:  By Monday of each lobbying week, the AAUW Government Relations staff liaison notifies members of the weekly topic and provides background information.  Members are assigned a lobbying partner by the Chair.  By Wednesday evening, members receive detailed email information on the issue and current status.  On Thursday morning, Lobby Corps meets in the House or Senate cafeteria to review information, receive AAUW letters and fact sheets, and specific lobbying targets.  After the group briefing, Lobbying pairs head off to their visits, usually finishing by noon.  Members report the results of their visits to the AAUW staff liaison for additional analysis.

You’ll be well prepared before every Congressional visit and will always have an experienced partner.

Add your AAUW voice to ongoing national conversations in person.  Lobby Corps membership is a rewarding way to get in-depth knowledge on current issues for Washington area members, plus it’s a fun activity.

The AAUW Action Fund website is:  Check the site for information about the program, procedures and recent issues. Lobby Corps needs you!  Please consider joining us this fall.


Judi Polizzotti

Mary Zane