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AAUW Hawaii Day of Action at the Capitol

On March 7, 2024, 33 AAUW of Hawaii members representing all 6 branches including 14 AAUW Honolulu members and 5 students participated in lobby day at the  State Capitol. The 8 teams met with 33 legislators and staff representing districts of participating AAUW members. The focus of the meetings were to meet with legislators who sponsored the bills for paid family and medical leave and child care subsidy/grants. We thanked those legislators who passed the equal pay law (Act 203) in 2023 and asked for support of SB2474 and HB2757, which address paid family leave, and the Child Care Subsidy bills HB1964 and HB2535. The group shared personal stories to encourage our legislators to vote to pass these important legislative items. 

During lunch at the YWCA, 40 AAUW of Hawaii members and 9 UH students listened as Lt. Governor Sylvia Luke presented the Governor's Equal Pay Day Proclamation to us, and gave an update on the newly created public pre-schools. After the update, a meeting was held to explain the change in national AAUW by-laws, which will allow anyone to join AAUW with or without a college degree. A postcard writing time allowed this information to be shared with all Hawaii AAUW members before the upcoming email vote.



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