Join the Movement to #StandUptoSexism

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You play like a girl. You should smile more. Women are so emotional.


We’ve heard it all before. Sexist microaggressions, which are often wrapped up in racialized biases, make us doubt ourselves, whether we’re second-guessing a great idea, feeling self-conscious about our bodies, or receiving less pay or less respect. As our research report Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership explains, seemingly small acts of sexism (like implicit bias, workplace inflexibility, and prejudiced hiring practices) contribute to the gender leadership gap, and that gap creates a culture where women’s work is devalued. It’s only a small step from there to devaluing ourselves.

AAUW was founded more than 135 years ago to help empower women and girls across a wide range of issues. But we can’t do it alone! Just as small acts of sexism can harm us, small acts of protest can empower us — and help build the change society needs. That’s why we’re starting a movement in which women, girls, boys, men, and allies of all identities can take action to show that they don’t accept sexism.

I #standuptosexism Becase We have to  I #standuptosexism Becase Masculinity is so fragile  I stand up to sexism even when I stand alone  I #standuptosexism Becase women's rights are Human Rights


All this gender bias can feel like it’s holding us down. But things don’t have to stay that way. Join us.


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Speak out by sharing our video on Facebook or Twitter.

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Print our flyer and share how or why you challenge sexism in your life. Tag AAUW and we’ll reshare.

Become an activist.

Sign up for our urgent policy e-mails to ensure that your members of Congress hear your voice on gender equity issues.

Start a dialogue.

Use our discussion guide to help spark meaningful conversation in your community, and tune into our livestream event series to learn from experts in the field.

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Join AAUW.

Get involved with AAUW to help advance equity for women and girls both locally and nationally. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a student, a teacher, a parent, or a community member.

Speaking up can be revolutionary. Use the hashtag #StandUptoSexism and follow AAUW on social media.

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