The Election’s Over, and AAUW Needs Your Support More Than Ever

November 23, 2016


The 2016 election may be over, but AAUW’s work is ongoing. While the new administration and 115th Congress have the potential to raise serious challenges to AAUW priority issues, there may also be some strategic opportunities to advance our mission.

You can help us take the next steps to make sure that women, girls, and their families are a priority for this country. Democracy demands work every day of the year, and we know that our AAUW community is up to the challenge!

Stand together against bigotry and bias. Donate to AAUW now.

As a trusted nonpartisan messenger to many communities, AAUW’s voice is needed now more than ever. Here’s what you can do now to prepare for the fight ahead:


1. Give to AAUW today.

Your gift will support AAUW’s fight against unequal representation in business and government, discrimination and harassment in the workplace and on campus, the gender pay gap, and more.


2. Stop hate in its tracks.

AAUW stands against bias and bigotry of any kind and continues to be the leading women’s organization working on addressing hate crimes, especially gender-based hate crimes. We take the safety and civil rights of all people very seriously and are disturbed to hear of racist, sexist, and xenophobic incidents happening across the country, especially on college campuses. If you experience or witness harassment, threats of violence, cyberbullying, or hate speech in your area or on your college campus, use these resources to find support for yourself and members of your community.

  • Notify campus safety or municipal police if you experience threats or harassment.


3. Listen to our recorded election analysis conference call for our take on the outcome of the 2016 election and insight into the threats and opportunities we expect to see in the president’s first 100 days and the year ahead.

Also read and share AAUW’s reaction to the election results and our statement about standing up to bias and bigotry and calling for a new administration that reflects the diverse makeup of our nation.


4. Recruit a friend (or five!) to subscribe to AAUW Action Network and help ensure that our message is heard at every level of government.

AAUW’s Two Minute Activist Tool is a powerful vehicle for reaching elected officials and policy makers at every level. Members and supporters sent more than 80,000 messages to state and federal legislators this year, but we’ll need even more voices to chime in in the weeks and months ahead.


5. Help build our community by inviting new members to join.

Let your neighbors, local students, colleagues, and acquaintances know that by joining AAUW they can help break through barriers for women in government, in the workplace, and on campus.

AAUW’s values are non-negotiable. We believe that bias and discrimination of any kind are unacceptable in our national dialogue and that our government must represent all of us. Throughout our 135-year history, we’ve always stood for solutions that work for all women and families — and we don’t intend to quit now. With your support, AAUW will continue to speak truth to power and fight for gender equity from the White House to the statehouse.


You provide the voice,
we’ll provide the megaphone.
Now let’s get to work!




U.S. Capitol dome

AAUW Public Policy Priorities

The Public Policy Priorities underscores AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls and speaks to women’s needs, aspirations, and concerns.

AAUW interns rally at the Supreme Court to tell the Senate to act on the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.

Become a
Two-Minute Activist

Make yourself heard on issues like fair pay, Supreme Court justice nominations, and Title IX. Find out how we make it easy for you to contact your representatives.

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AAUW Reacts to Election Day Results

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  23. Elizabeth Holden says:

    AAUW has received several questions about the possible Women’s March in Washington, DC scheduled to take place on January 21, 2017. Details about the march have been regrettably scarce. While we hope AAUW will be able to support such an event, we need a lot more information before confirming our involvement – a decision that will rely on whether the march is nonpartisan, its logistics, security, inclusiveness, etc. Our staff continues to reach out to the march’s organizers, and will share more with our membership as soon as we have confirmable, reliable information.

    While it’s likely that a women’s gathering will take place in Washington on January 21, as well as other locations around the nation, please note that the logistics of the march are not yet confirmed. To our knowledge, the event organizers have not yet secured the necessary permits from the National Park Service or DC Metropolitan Police Department to hold the event as scheduled. At this stage, we encourage AAUW members interested in attending in their personal capacity to make refundable arrangements.

    We look forward to collecting more details and sharing them as soon as is appropriate. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any additional information you learn, as well. If you have any questions, please reach out to


    Can you please keep us up to date on the woman’s march scheduled for Jan 21st? Will AAUW be involved organizationally? Thank you

  25. Susan Pierce says:

    What is the incarceration rate for minority women who then cannot vote with AAUW on the issues that affect all of us?

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