Thursday, February 28, 2013

House Passes Inclusive VAWA

The House of Representatives approved the Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization that protects all victims and includes critical campus safety protections. This has been a long, hard battle, and I cannot thank you enough for contacting your elected officials and standing up with AAUW the whole way through.

Today is a great day to be part of an organization whose volunteer Lobby Corps and members across the country have knocked on Congress’ door for almost two years urging a VAWA that would protect all victims and improve campus safety. Thank you again for your advocacy and your support.

Yours in AAUW,
Lisa Maatz
AAUW Director of Public Policy and Government Relations
Excerpt from Action Network Announcement

Thursday, February 21, 2013

AAUW Introduces New Logo, Tagline and Website

AAUW's new logoThe website redesign allows for complete mobile access and features expanded and improved social media integration for all our online content. This integration should make the site more user friendly, provide a better experience for smartphone and tablet users, and create greater visibility for AAUW. It’s easier than ever to use the new website and share AAUW content across platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

To develop the tagline, the working group tried another new trend, crowdsourcing. They posted a description of AAUW and our communications goals on Crowdspring and invited freelance writers from around the world to submit ideas. The process netted more than 2,000 entries and showed remarkable consensus around the themes of empowerment and AAUW’s extensive history. The working group quickly settled on “Empowering women since 1881” as the new tagline, and the board approved it unanimously in October.

We’re excited to roll out these changes to support our reinvigorated branch activities and our digital communications efforts. The new national logo and other branch and state resources are available on our new AAUW Branding Tool Kit page.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Meet with your Congressmen to Lobby for Women's Issues

This month, your senators and representatives will be considering the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), fair pay legislation, and potential spending cuts that could be devastating to critical programs such as education and civil rights enforcement – now more than ever, they need to hear from you, their constituents. Your members of Congress will be in their home districts for the week of February 18, and that is the perfect time to schedule a meeting to discuss these important issues with them.

Once the request has been formally submitted, be persistent — legislators’ offices receive a lot of incoming communication, so you may need to follow up to arrange a meeting. In the meantime, you can start preparing for the meeting with AAUW's tried-and-true tips! We have suggestions on what to bring to the meeting, how to get the answers you're looking for, and how to follow up afterwards. We also have sample talking points and "asks" for you to make of your members of Congress.

We’ve heard it 100 times: “Women’s votes were key to electoral victories.” We saw it firsthand with the successful AAUW Action Fund “It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard” campaign. But will our newly-minted Congress listen and act on the concerns of women and families in our communities now that they’ve been elected? That’s where you, as a concerned constituent, have the power to hold our elected officials accountable—and scheduling a meeting with your member of Congress is the first step!

P.S. Make sure to email to tell us how the meeting goes and share any pictures from your meeting!