Share Your Story!

Media requests for stories

AAUW is happy to connect reporters and policy makers with personal stories that help tell the unique experience of women in the United States.

For more information, to place an interview or speaking request, or for questions about our story bank, contact AAUW Media Relations at or 202.785.7756.

AAUW is a fervent and respected leader in fighting for women’s empowerment in education, the workplace, and society — and has been for more than 135 years. We do research and public policy advocacy that addresses the spectrum of women’s issues, but we know that one of the best ways to make change is to tell the stories of those affected by sexism. Right now, it’s more important than ever to come forward and share your experiences as a woman in America. AAUW wants to hear from you and provide a platform for you to positively influence change.

By telling your story, you help put a face on the injustices that affect women and girls every day. With your story, you speak for women and girls who may be facing similar issues. In coming forward, you have the opportunity to help change the future for women and girls.

How does it work?

  • Submit your story below or by emailing us at
  • After submitting your story (and optional photo), a member of our staff may contact you to learn more about your situation and to ensure that AAUW understands your story in detail.
  • AAUW will match participants with opportunities to share their stories publicly. Opportunities may include requests from the media, policy makers, and advocates; use in our online efforts; and use in our policy briefs.
  • We will always ask your permission before we release any contact information or use your story, and you can always opt out of any opportunity.

Here are the kinds of stories we’re looking for.

Aileen’s Story

After learning that she made less than a male colleague, Aileen was left with few options besides filing a lawsuit.

Khallilah’s Story

Woman smiling in front of college campus
After completing her bachelor’s degree, Khallilah struggled to pay off tens of thousands of dollars in debt while planning for her future.

Sandra’s Story

Sandra Butler knew the gender pay gap was a problem. But she didn’t know just how much this problem had likely already affected her life.
Sandra took steps to chip away at her own personal pay gap by attending AAUW’s Work Smart program, where she learned to successfully negotiate her salary.

Stephanie’s Story

As an African American woman — and single mother — in the male-dominated technology field, Stephanie constantly dealt with bias.

Tell us your story!

Filling out this form gives AAUW permission to contact you for further details about your story. Your story will not be shared without your permission.
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