The Public Policy Priorities underscore AAUW’s mission to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. The work of AAUW builds upon responsible public participation, and the following priorities provide a basis for AAUW members’ actions at the local, state, national, and international levels. Implicit in each is support for government agencies administering programs, including adequate appropriations, effective and accountable administration, and provision for citizen participation. We advocate public discussion to ensure enlightened decisions on these priorities. We work to increase the number of women and other underrepresented populations in policy- and other decision-making positions. Our positions are shaped by our commitment to being nonpartisan and fact-based, and to acting with integrity. We strive for our work to be inclusive and intersectional, collaborating with diverse allies and coalitions to achieve equity for all.
We regularly co-sponsor election forums for Petaluma City Council, Petaluma City Schools Trustees, and topical ballot initiatives. Please contact the AAUW Board if you have an upcoming ballot initiative that should be discussed in a public forum.
Get involved in supporting AAUW policy by becoming a follower of the AAUW "Two Minute Activist". You will receive alerts with links to send emails and texts to legislators on timely issues.
Resources for Branch Members: State and National Websites
State: Click HERE for the AAUW CA Public Policy Priorities
National: Click HERE for National's Principles for Action and the biennial Public Policy Priorities.
Learn about and sign up HERE for the AAUW Equity Now newsletter. (Click the link and scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up.)
How to Contact Our Legislators
The link on each legislator’s name will take you to the official website for the individual. You will find a biography, the committees served on, and contact information.
How to Contact the Petaluma City Council
The Petaluma City Council consists of six Council Members and the Mayor. The Council Members are elected at large for a four-year term. Three Council Members are elected at the November General Municipal election in even-numbered years. This means that at least three Council Members are up for election every two years. The Mayor is directly elected to a four-year term during the General Municipal election in November.