AAUW hosted a Twitter campaign last week to gather recommendations for what President Obama and Congress should do on their first days of the new term. We asked: What do you want to see on #DayOne? Dozens of Twitter users answered, and their priorities make for an ambitious to-do list. We’ll tweet the full list at Congress and Obama.
AAUW will also send the re-elected Obama administration a list of AAUW priorities for the first 100 days of the new term. These include issuing an executive order outlawing federal contractors from retaliating against employees who ask about compensation, requiring federal agencies to conduct Title IX compliance reviews at all institutions receiving federal funds, and reversing the decision to restrict the purchase of Plan B emergency contraception to women 18 and over. We outlined many of these priorities in our September 2012 report on the Obama administration.
Some of the topics included in Twitter users’ requests were pay equity, infrastructure spending, high-wage jobs, access to Plan B, Title IX compliance, filibuster reform, climate change, repealing the Hyde amendment, immigration reform, reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, unemployment benefits, solar panels on the White House, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. See a few examples of the tweets we received below. Even if you didn’t participate in our Twitter campaign, don’t let your voice be silent now that you’ve voted. Use your voice to hold elected officials accountable.
@ashually: On #dayone I want to see Congress address the VAWA and stop putting women’s lives in danger!
@NorthernTwit8: #DayOne: Appoint a bipartisan commission to fix our broken election system — no more standing for hours in line to vote in OH and FL.
This post was written by AAUW Political Media Coordinator Elizabeth Owens.