Advocacy and Public Policy

Action Alert

Lend your voice to advance women in STEM.

Call your Member of Congress

Help us keep the momentum going by contacting your Member of Congress to discuss their support for the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act, Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act, Title IX and/or federal funding of science agencies.

U.S. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

You can contact your House Representative or Senators by calling the Capitol Switchboard. When calling, give the operator your zip code, and they will connect you with your elected officials’ office. Make sure to call using your own phone, making it clear that you are calling as a constituent. Use our suggested talking points below or advocacy toolkit as guidance.


Congressional Phone Call Script

  • Hello, my name is _____________ from _____________ (city/state).
  • I am a Member of the Association for Women in Science, the leading advocate for women in STEM, I am a constituent calling your office to let you know that I am very concerned about the issues impacting women in STEM, specifically _______(mention issue you’re calling about).
Issue-Based Talking Points
Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act

Passed in the Senate, the AWIS-endorsed bill the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act was introduced by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and 44 other Senators, including Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, honoring four African American women mathematicians that significantly contributed to the United States’ victory in the Space Race. Under the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Dr. Christine Darden would receive the highest award the United States can bestow to a civilian, the Congressional Gold Medal. We look forward to your support to ensure passage of this bill in the House of Representatives.

Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act

AWIS endorsed H.R. 36, the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019 sponsored by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. The bill will help address sexual harassment in the sciences. We look forward to your support to ensure passage of this bill and request a one-minute on the House floor.

Title IX

The proposed rules for Title IX by the U.S. Department of Education will disregard the protections that will threaten millions of students and employees in institutions of higher education and re-traumatize survivors of sexual harassment. We need your support to urge Secretary Betsy DeVos to uphold the Department of Education’s current national directive to ensure education free from discrimination and harassment. Furthermore, the proposed regulations will allow colleges and universities to walk away from their responsibilities to investigate claims of sexual harassment.

FY2020 Budget

The President’s FY2020 Budget significantly impacts the scientific community with deep cuts to Federal agencies that are vital to the scientific community. The cuts include 13% ($7.1 billion) at the National Science Foundation (NSF); 12% ($4.5 billion) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH); 31% cut at the EPA and NIST (National institute of Standards and Technology); 11% cut to Department of Energy including the elimination of ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy); 23% cut at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and 23% cut at NASA. We urge your support to halt these budget cuts that will greatly impact the R&D, long-term growth and education in science and technology.

  • I would like to know where ____(name of elected official)____ stands on this important issue. Where do they stand with women in STEM?
  • Thank you for your time.

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