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 advocacy@aauw.org to tell us how the meeting goes and share any pictures from your meeting!

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