Advocacy is one of AAUW of Hawaii’s top priorities and the Public Policy Committee collaborates with Hawaii state legislators and community advocates to improve Hawaii state laws to better the lives of women and girls in Hawaii. We are currently working on Title IX, equal pay, workplace sexual harassment and gender equity on boards. Learn more and contact the public policy chair, Younghee Overly ( to be added to the AAUW of Hawaii Public Policy Network.

AAUW of Hawaii Public Policy Priorities

From Hawaii New Now Sunrise

Title IX: Session Laws 2018, Act 110; Session Laws 2019, Act 177; 2020 HCR15/SCR6; 2021 HCR12/SCR9 (SR8 passed)

Equal Pay: Hawaii State Session Laws 2018, Act 108; 2019 HB1192/SB1375; 2020 HB1701/SB2253

New Equal Pay law requires pay secrecy, transparency for employees in Hawaii, From Hawaii News Now on July 18, 2018

Workplace Harassment: Session Laws 2020, Act 17

Gender Parity on Boards: 2020 HB2720/SB2636; 2020 HCR14/SCR9; 2021 SB193

Hawaii extends federal Title IX protections to LGBTQ students. It’s the first such law in the country. By Zack Ford in ThinkProress on July 18, 2018

Governor Ige to sign bill on harassment, violence. By Jason Blasco in The Garden Island on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 12:05 AM

2022: 50th Anniversary of Title IX

Courtesy of Time Magazine, Gwendolyn Mink/Patsy Takemoto Mink papers, Library of Congress

Since the passage of Title IX…

  • # of female high school athletes -> ten-fold growth between 1971 and 2007
  • # of female NCAA varsity athletes -> five-fold growth between 1971 and 2004
  • Percentage of female STEM workers -> 8% in 1970 to 27% in 2019

In addition in Hawaii…

  • 2018 Hawaii State Session Laws Act 110 protects LGBTQ+ students under Title IX
  • Introduce Title IX bill(s) in 2022
    • More to protect victims of campus sexual assault

In preparation for 2022…

  • Seek input from students on University of Hawaii’s Title IX regulations
  • Educate the public to gain support

2022 Legislative Session Panel Discussionlegislators

AAUW Hawaii Forum for 2022 Legislative Session

AAUW Hawaii Forum for 2022 Legislative Session

Click on link below to watch the online event on January 11, 2022 with Representative Linda Ichiyama, Representative Jeanne Kapela, and Representative Amy Perruso. These women shared their stories about legislation they introduced including Title IX, campus safety, paid family leave, and diversity on boards.
After the forum, the AAUW of Hawaii Public Policy team trained those interested in submitting legislative testimony.