Public Policy

April 2nd Marks Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year.

Despite civil rights laws and advancements in women’s economic status, workplace discrimination still persists. Typically, women who work full time take home about 80 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker earns. Over a career (47 years), women’s total estimated earnings loss compared with men is $700,000 for a high school graduate, $1.2 million for a college graduate, and $2 million for a professional school graduate.

The wage gap persists across all racial and ethnic groups, and it is found in every state and virtually every occupation.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) believes that pay equity and equal employment opportunity are a matter of simple fairness.  Job creation and economic opportunity are critical issues for women, many of whom continue to struggle with economic insecurity and wage discrimination.  AAUW is a leader in the fight to end wage discrimination and open doors for women in the workplace.

On April 4th, members from the Carlsbad-Oceanside-Vista (COV) branch of AAUW talked to students at Mira Costa and Palomar Colleges about the Gender Pay Gap and the Paycheck Fairness Act, an important bill that will help to close the Gender Pay Gap.

To learn more about the Gender Pay Gap or the Paycheck Fairness Act visit  For more information on AAUW-COV, contact us at


February 16, 2019

Paul Webster of Solutions for Change presenting at the February General Meeting, put on by the Public Policy Committee. 

Come help the cause! Contact Lee Whipple to participate in future events that support Solutions of Change in Vista.

  1. AAUW Public Policy Priorities
  2. AAUW-COV Public Policy Agenda
  3. Important Dates
  4. How to Get Involved
  5. Accomplishments