Public Policy

For more than a century AAUW has influenced the legislative debate on critical issues affecting women and girls through effective grassroots advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. The North Hills Pittsburgh Branch encourages our members to be actively involved in this work.
Advocating is as simple as finding a cause that matters to you and uniting people to take action toward that common cause. As AAUW members, we share a mission of empowering women and girls. Individually and collectively we have the attitudes, values, and knowledge, talents, skills, and experience to be effective advocates. Each of us can do something.

The North Hills Pittsburgh Branch works locally to advance the AAUW member-endorsed Public Policy Priorities addressing policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women. Specific areas of work are GOTV, Title IX, and Equal Pay. We collaborate with other organizations in the community to achieve these goals.

Please share your ideas, experiences, challenges, and success with Cora Koller, our Public Policy Chair, so our branch can support you and report out to the statewide AAUW appropriately.
Events our branch will be involved in will be posted on our website, discussed at branch meetings, and posted in our Viewpoints. Viewpoints, the branch online newsletter, has a section dedicated to Public Policy.
AAUW is a non-partisan organization.

Gateway to Equity Award for 2021
The AAUW North Hills Branch honored Vivian Lee Croft and Girls Write Pittsburgh as this year’s Gateway to Equity awardee. Vivian Lee Croft founded Write Pittsburgh, a creative writing collaborative and member organization of Dave Eggers’ International Alliance of Youth Writing Centers, in 2016. In 2018, she adapted the Creative Nonfiction Foundation’s workshop Writing Away the Stigma to support teen writers. Vivian is a Margaret L. Whitford Fellow at Chatham University pursuing a master’s degree in Creative Writing. She was awarded 2020 residencies at Tongue River Artist Residency and Pittsburgh’s City Books. She is a nonfiction writer concerned with home, memory, and trauma. Vivian edited the book, We Are All Related, a collection of portraits by photographer Andrea London and her writing is featured in F(r)iction and Hippocampus.

Girls Write Pittsburgh inspires teen writers to create, explore, and grow through writing. It is Pittsburgh’s only program designed to empower girls through the creative expression of writing, exposing them to a world of opportunity, through the craft. Write Pittsburgh is to amplify voices, empower writers, and encourage relationships that build writer agency and foster relationships that grow and strengthen community. It envisions a strong community of writers and storytellers empowered through social, emotional, and mental health learning, nurtured through creative support, uplifted by community engagement, and valued through equity and inclusion.

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An interesting article that adds to the dialogue about how to talk about differences and similarities through the lens of lif experience.