AAUW Iowa Public Policy Program
The Mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW Iowa endorses the AAUW Public Policy Program, Principles for Action and Biennial Action Priorities, which can be found online at www.aauw.org. Iowa’s Public Policy Program is intended to complement that of AAUW and be a focus of active educational and advocacy efforts for our members.
To promote public education and lifelong learning, which are a foundation of a strong democracy, AAUW Iowa advocates:
- Adequate and equitable funding of public education, preschool through post secondary; including full funding of mandated programs.
- Affordable public community college, college and university tuition.
- Vigorous enforcement of Title IX and other civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination at all levels of education.
- State financial support for and access to quality preschool programs with licensed teachers.
- Maintaining high licensure standards for educators and administrators
- Standards for home, charter and private schools that are consistent with standards for public schools.
- Promotion of enrollment of girls in programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
- Comprehensive and medically accurate health and human sexuality instruction.
- Programs which insure that schools are safe for all students, regardless of gender, race, religious affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.
- Teaching tolerance, conflict resolution, and the value of diversity in our state’s public schools.
To achieve economic self-sufficiency for all women, AAUW advocates:
- Pay equity in public and private employment.
- Access to quality, affordable dependent care and adequate family and medical leave.
- Protection of collective bargaining rights for public employees and the right of private sector workers to unionize without employer intimidation or reprisal.
- Legislation providing protection from predatory lending practices.
- Funding for facilities and programs designed to transition women from the criminal justice system and provide employment training and education.
- “Women friendly” work policies including flexible hours, lactating rooms, etc.
To guarantee gender equality, individual rights, and social justice for a diverse society, AAUW Iowa advocates:
- Closing the loophole in the Iowa Civil Rights Act in order to prevent sex/gender discrimination in employment.
- Preservation of voting laws that expand rather than restrict the opportunity to vote, such as early voting and same day voter registration.
- Reasonable opportunities for restoration of voting rights for those convicted of a felony.
- Monitoring compliance with the law requiring gender balance on appointed city and county boards and commissions.
- An increase in the number of women and minorities appointed to judicial and policy making positions.
- Support for programs designed to increase the number of women in elected public office.
- Adequate funding for programs to prevent violence against women and children and to address the needs of victims of violence.
- Rigorous enforcement of laws against human trafficking and support for programs to aid trafficking victims.
- Access to public education and basic health and safety programs without unreasonable requirements for proof of citizenship or other provisions beyond those included in Federal law.
- Access to affordable physical and mental health care and prescription coverage for all.
- Provision of mental health treatment for incarcerated women in Iowa, 79% of whom have mental illness. (She Matters, 2012)
- The right of a woman to make decisions regarding her reproductive life without intrusive or restrictive government regulations.
- Strict enforcement of nursing home regulations and stiff fines for violators.
- Enforcement of laws and regulations that protect air and water quality, promote energy conservation and sustainable agriculture.
To review the proposed Public Policy Program for 2018-2020: click here. This document is pending review and approval by AAUW Iowa members. If you wish to provide any feedback on the proposed program, please contact Maureen White.