Reproductive freedom.  Title IX.  Pay equity.  End gender-based violence and sexual harassment.  Paid family leave. Childcare.  Kupuna care.  Get involved. By changing public policies, we can improve the lives of women, girls and their families in Hawaii.

Advocacy is one of AAUW of Hawaii’s top priorities.  We collaborate with Hawaii state legislators and community advocates to push forward policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women and girls.

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Hawaii State Legislature

2024 Legislative Priorities

Paid family and medical leave, affordable childcare, protecting reproductive choice and rights of LGBTQIA+ people are AAUW of Hawaii’s 2024 public policy priorities.   We are also supporting Hawaii state legislators and community advocacy partners on gender equity on corporate boards, minimum wage, DV/SA education + prevention + improving support for the survivors,  and Title IX trainings + increasing awareness at UH, and free menstrual products at UH.   Reference our tracking report for the details.  Watch the recording of the AAUW of Hawaii 2024 Legislative Session Kickoff where we went in-depth on the paid family and medical leave with Nicole Woo, Director of Research and Economic Policy at the Hawaii Children’s Action Network, and on the inclusive curricula with Nancy Rustad, AAUW of Hawaii Public Policy Committee.

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Outcome of 2023 Legislative Session

                              (signing of campus safety and UH confidential advocates bills)

Five bills AAUW of Hawaiʻi supported became Hawaii state laws.  

  • protect and expand abortion access omnibus bill  (Act 2)
  • equal pay – pay transparency, use of “substantially similar work” (Act 203)
  • campus safety – trauma informed training, awareness + prevention, prohibit disciplinary actions against individuals reporting sexual misconduct (Act 76)
  • UH confidential advocates: victim-counselor privilege for privacy, DV training (Act 84)
  • accreditation program and grants for child care providers (Act 169)

We worked closely with Hawaii state legislators and community advocacy partners on the five bills which passed but also on paid family leave, gender equity on board, sexual violence prevention education at DOE, extending CSOL for child sexual abuse, wage subsidy pilot for childcare workers, kupuna care, and free menstrual products at UH.  Reference our tracking report for the details.


Outcome of 2022 Legislative Session

In July 2022, the following seven bills which AAUW of Hawaii supported became Hawaii state laws.

  • Title IX data collection and equity training   (Act 242)
  • Ban workplace NDAs in case of sexual harassement or assault (Act 288)
  • Childcare workforce registry (Act 292)
  • Free of charge menstrual products to public school students (Act 113)
  • Housing assistance to needy families (Act 237)
  • Minimum wage increase to $18 (Act 114)
  • Incorporate kupuna caregivers program into kupuna care program, add services for care recipients, caregivers, and employed caregivers (Act 160)

Title IX

On left: Patsy Takemoto Mink, Collection of the U.S. House of of Representatives, U.S. Capitol, unveiled on June 23, 2022; photography courtesy of Sharon Sprung and Gallery Henoch, New York.  On right: A commemorative lei ceremony was held on June 23, 2022  at the Patsy Takemoto Mink monument outside the Hawaiʻi State Library to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Title IX legislation that Mink championed

Since the passage of Title IX in 1972…

In addition in Hawaii…

Pay Equity

Since the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963…

From Hawaii New Now Sunrise

In addition in Hawaii…

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

From Payscale on May 23, 2023