Public Policy

The AAUW Arizona’s Public Policy program underscores the mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.  This year our branches have picked six areas that they are endeavoring to have an impact.  Those six areas are Pay Equity, Education, Human Trafficking, Women’s Health issues, Earned Sick and Safe Days, and Prisons.  Several members from different branches have volunteered to share their expertise and be “Point People” for one of these major areas.
Click on any of the six major area titles to go to that page.


Public education policy is at a critical stage in Arizona. The education of Arizona youth must be a priority;  the economic future of our state relies on a well-educated citizenry.
Pay Equity

It’s 2015.  Pay Equity is more than just negotiating your salary…..Find out additional ways to create awareness; continue the fight for fair pay and specifically advocate for this issue.
Human Trafficking
Beth Jacobs
Green Valley Branch

Janet Larkin
Scottsdale Branch
Social Scientists estimate that at any given time 27 million men, women, and children are victims of Human Trafficking. Raising awareness, promoting individual rights and social justice are some of the areas being supported.
Women's Health Issues
Over the last five years Arizona has seen enacted some of the most oppressive restrictions on women’s health care in the country. Restrictions enacted ostensibly to “protect” women’s health and safety, but in reality these are cynical attempts to erect as many barriers as possible between women and access to reproductive health care, especially abortion care. We already have mandatory waiting periods, and so-called informed consent provisions which require many women in rural and reservation lands to travel hundreds of miles for care.
Earned Sick and Safe Days
Debra Lukac

Shirley Muney
Tuscon Branch
We are committed to promoting the economic, social, and physical well-being of all persons. AAUW works toward greater availability and access to a high standard of benefits and policies that promote work-life balance, including accrued paid sick days. It is important to understand how this affects the lives of the average working Americans, employers, and women in general. There is a strong impact on working Americans and women are disproportionately affected.
Nancee Noel
Northwest Valley Branch

Eighty percent of women arrested have children, over half of which are under 18 and often living with the mother. The economic and psychological effect of female incarceration is tremendous. Not only must taxpayers foot the bill for mother being in prison, often the children left behind need state provided social services.