Public Policy Efforts

Thank you for visiting the AAUW Texas Public Policy page. We look forward to sharing this space with you. We hope this page will serve as a tool to better equip you, your branch and community. Our focus areas for the year are Education, Healthcare and Equal Pay. It is our goal to actively track legislative bills and build stronger relationships with our local and state leaders.

Each of our priorities will serve as Public Policy subcommittees. If you are passionate about 1 or more of these pillars please contact our public policy Co-Chair at

Melodia Guitierrez & Shenée Simon
Public Policy, Co-Chairs


Education remains a hot topic for our nation and state. From school vouchers to STEM for girls to Title IX our work continues to be imperative in shaping the future for girls and women in education. Members across the state are drafting letters to our representatives voicing concerns as it relates to the current education climate.

Our institutions K-12, and Higher Education are urged to review and enforce initiatives, programs and staff dedicated to increasing Title IX awareness and resources. We’re proud that AAUW as joined the National Council of Jewish Women to work on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education. To learn more visit:


Statement on birth control and health services [download PDF.doc]
Above is the AAUW Texas statement on the Health & Human Services Commission’s recent family planning decision intended for publication in letters to the editor. This is an official statement from AAUW-Texas and it is in conformance with national AAUW policy statements on the issue of reproductive health. Please do not alter the statement. If you would like to add local data, you can find the figures for Medicaid births in your county by going to the DSHS website — choose Data & Reports; then choose Health Data; then choose CHS reports; then choose Texas Health Facts Profiles; then choose 2008; then choose your county. A fact sheet on your county will come up with a variety of health data for that year.


Pay Equity Toolkit:



As a 2016-2017 AAUW Impact Grant recipient we are charged to make an impact in our GOTV (Get Out to Vote) efforts and Lobby Day for Equal Pay efforts. Our $1,000 grant will be used to increase participation and attendance at our Lobby Day as well as secure materials and resources to broaden our public policy footprint.


  • Appoint a Branch Public Policy Chair
  • Become involved: Post on Facebook and Twitter
  • Pledge to distribute Title IX Resource Guides
  • Plan to attend AAUW State Equal Pay Day on April 4, 2017
  • Invite a State Leader or a representative from the League of Women Voters to conduct a “Legislative Day Training”
  • Become active in contacting your local, state & US legislators on policy issues by using AAUW’s Two Minute Activist