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National Conference for College Women Student Leaders

NCCWSL is the place to educate yourself about today’s most pressing issues, develop new leadership skills while expanding on the skills in your current arsenal, and make lifelong connections with peers across the country.

Challenge yourself. Inspire others. Create impact.


The American Association of University Women’s Public Policy Program underscores AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research and speaks to women’s needs, aspirations, and concerns across the life span. The public policy program guides the work of the AAUW national staff and establishes the federal action priorities on which AAUW members across the nation will focus their advocacy efforts. States and branches should also use the public policy program to inform their advocacy efforts on state and local issues. The adoption of AAUW’s biennial public policy program happens at each national convention and is the culmination of a process involving many AAUW members.

More information about AAUW’s public policy program:

AAUW does not endorse any candidate running for public office, nor any political party. However, AAUW members frequently provide expert and interested party testimony at legislative committee hearings, school board meetings, and other forums at which the issues being discussed are related to AAUW’s mission. AAUW members are also active in voter registration drives, voter education efforts, panels, committees, seminars, letter-writing campaigns, and virtually every other means by which citizens can participate in the democratic process.

Don’t be afraid to let your elected officials know how you feel about current issues.

Here is a handy tool for looking up your Illinois state senators and representatives: