American Association of University Women (AAUW), founded in 1881, is the nation’s leading organization that promotes equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. It has more than 170,000 members, 1,300 branches and 500 college and university institutional partners. People of every race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, and level of physical ability are invited to join.
We are mourning the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a tireless champion for women’s rights and will be missed.
What You Can Do – VOTE
Here’s how, if you’re in Louisiana.
First, you must register to vote. On the internet type geauxvote.com. It will take you to the Secretary of State’s office of the Louisiana state government. Election will be held November 3, 2020 so we will back up requirements from there.
Deadline to register by mail or in person to vote is October 5.
Deadline to register by on-line access through geauxvote.com is October 13.
No matter how you do it, please go back and verify that your registration has been completed prior to the deadlines.
Early voting will be held from October 16 thru 27, NOT including Sundays, from 8am to 7pm each day listed. Early voting locations can be found on line.
To vote absentee (mail-in) voting you MUST request a mail-in ballot and meet certain requirements (unless you are already receiving mail-in ballots). Your completed ballot MUST be received in the Registrar of Voters Office by November 2 at 4:30 pm. See below for how to request and fill out a mail-in ballot.
For full details, check the geauxvote website.
Why Should I Vote – my vote doesn’t count much in the big scheme of things?
There is that, you are just one person. I am just one person. But when you plus me plus 25 others plus 159 others plus more all vote we become We The People. We are the We The People that are addressed as the first 3 words in the Constitution of this country. If we all vote our collective voices CAN be heard and we CAN affect change.
Here are more reasons to vote.
If you are an African-American, think of what your ancestors went through to vote. First they were slaves, then they were freed by the 13th Amendment in December 1865. Then they had to make it through Reconstruction and the subsequent loss of voting rights that were steadily removed. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 reversed these removals by prohibiting racial discrimination in voting. A Supreme Court ruling in 2013 weakened some of these rights.
After all your ancestors went through, how can you NOT vote?
If you are a woman, as we learned recently from our AAUW Louisiana event highlighting the 100-year anniversary of ratification of the 19th amendment, just how long (70+ years) and what difficulties (arrests, jail sentences, fines, forced feedings, marching and picketing) women endured in order to be granted the right to vote. Unfortunately, this did not truly cover the women of color; they had to wait for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
After all our fore-mothers went through, how can you NOT vote?
Remember the Boston Tea Party? The Colonists revolted having to live under taxation without representation. The same thing occurs if you don’t vote – you have NO say in how you are governed. Complaining doesn’t work, voting does.
Individual votes count more especially in the smaller ballots like state or local offices. These positions affect your daily life even more than national offices.
Please exercise your right to vote, your duty to vote, and vote this year!
AAUW of Louisiana has 200 members in 5 branches, plus 170 National members.
AAUW of Louisiana actively supports efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Louisiana, and serves to support our Louisiana members and AAUW activities at Louisiana colleges and universities.
AAUW of Louisiana actively supports Pay Equity and Pay Transparency for government and private company employees. See the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission – 2018 Annual Report.
AAUW Louisiana commemorated the ratification of the 19th Amendment allowing Women’s Right to Vote. Click here to see details.
AAUW (also known as the American Association of University Women) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
Founded in 1881 by seventeen alumnae of eight colleges, AAUW is the largest, oldest national organization dedicated to the advancement of women and education.
For more than 128 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.
The Value of Belonging to AAUW
As an AAUW member, you’ll be proud to belong to this nationwide group of people who value education and equal rights, who are contributing to a more promising future for all women and girls, and who together provide a powerful voice for women and girls. This is a voice that cannot and will not be ignored.
In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.