Public Policy & Advocacy

AAUW APPLETON BRANCH PUBLIC POLICY 2016-2017

The Appleton Branch bases its public policy advocacy on the Public Policy Program determined at the National AAUW level. The program underscores AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. It speaks to women’s needs, aspirations, and concerns across the life span. Our branch collaborates with other groups in our community whose mission and goals correspond with ours.

AAUW Appleton, strongly supports a system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity, and diversity. We are working with the Fox Valley Advocates 4 Public Education to educate our communities on this issue and to encourage those who support public education to contact their state representatives and senators, urging them to promote legislation that will keep education in the public arena.

Another of AAUW’s goals is to achieve economic self-sufficiency for all women. This includes pay equity and fairness in compensation. Women still make 79 cents, on the average, to every dollar earned by a man for comparable work. Our branch recognizes Equal Pay Day, the day in April with women’s wages catch up to what men earned in the previous year. In 2017, Equal Pay Day is April 4. In previous years, our branch has handed out Pay Day candy bars to students at Fox Valley Technical College, Lawrence University, and the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley. We plan to continue with this project. Throughout the year, we watch for legislation that may impact women’s status in the work force, and contact our legislative representatives accordingly.

AAUW supports vigorous enforcement of and full access to civil and constitutional rights, including voting rights. Therefore, our branch works with the Appleton League of Women Voters in registering people to vote. This is a strictly non-partisan effort. Both organizations operate on a non-partisan basis. We focus on issues. But obviously, we need to be aware of which elected leaders support our policies and which elected leaders do not. Therefore, within our branch, we can inform members of legislators’ voting records in relation to our issues, and encourage members to contact our legislators accordingly.

Our Appleton Branch public policy chair is Jacqueline Klimaszewski. She can be contacted at: jjklim@new.rr.com.