Our Advocacy for Gender Equity

Since its founding in 1881, AAUW has worked to advance gender equity for women and girls. Through its advocacy and activism, it has helped propel the passage of major new legislation, including Title IX (1972), the Family Medical and Leave Act (1993), and the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (2009).

AAUW State College was founded to champion educational equity for women. For over 100 years, we have been a powerful force in our community, supporting individuals and organizations that promote AAUW’s vision of “Equity for All.” Much of our branch’s advocacy and activism work is organized by the Public Policy Committee. This committee, in collaboration with the board, advances the priority issues identified by AAUW at the state and national levels: Education, Workplace and Economic Equity, and Leadership.

Title IX consultant Peg Pennepacker speaking on gender equity in the school setting at the 2022 AAUW-PA annual meeting.