Public Policy Overview

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We’re Mission Directed

Our public policy program is directed by our mission – to advance gender equity for women and girls through education, advocacy, and research. The guiding principles of our Florida public policy program are aligned with AAUW National’s Public Policy Priorities, established every two years by an every-member vote.

The most recent version of the Public Policy Priorities identifies these Biennial Action Priorities:

  • To support a strong system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity, diversity and inclusivity, and to address the barriers and implicit biases that hinder the advancement of women and girls.
  • To achieve economic security for all women.
  • To guarantee equality, individual rights, and social justice for a diverse and inclusive society.
Public Policy Priorities

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As a nonpartisan organization, AAUW does not endorse specific candidates, but throughout its 140-year history it has been a staunch advocate for policies that improve the lives of girls, women, and their families. 

State committee. Our Co-Directors for Public Policy, Patricia DeWitt and Mary Gatta, and the AAUW Florida Public Policy Committee work together to develop AAUW Florida’s Legislative Agenda. The committee represents AAUW’s public policy priorities to AAUW members, the public, and the media. 

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A series of Public Policy Education Forums has been scheduled from September 2024 to April 2025 for members and guests.  The goal of these Zoom sessions is to focus on key policy areas in our state tied to our mission and provide an opportunity to learn more about them.  Click here to access the flyer with the Zoom registration links.

The committee also organizes members and supporters to take action on priorities; leads voter education and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) campaigns for Florida; coordinates the annual Lobby Days at the State Capitol and promotes branch lobbying in local communities.  Email us if you are interested in joining the committee.

Branch role. Our branches play a key role in accomplishing AAUW’s mission, especially in public policy. Branches advocate at the local levels and may support or oppose a policy, ordinance, or bill by referencing AAUW National Public Policy Priorities. If in doubt about AAUW’s position on issues, email the committee for advice.   

Your participation. As an AAUW member you play a pivotal role in the success of our public policy program. Make sure you are 1) registered to vote and 2) registered for the AAUW Action Network to receive national and Florida email notices for your legislators. It is also important to know who your Florida and national legislators are: find out here.