Legal Advocacy Fund

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) provides financial and emotional support for women seeking redress in the courts for sex discrimination in academia. LAF, established in 1981, is the largest legal fund focused entirely on this objective.

A volunteer network of attorneys and social scientists work with the LAF to provide plaintiffs with the support they need. Criteria for a case acceptance and additional information can be found at

To date the Legal Advocacy Fund has awarded over $1,000,000 to plaintiffs. AAUW-California has consistently led the country in LAF contributions. The deadline for contributions to be sent to the state office is December 1. Contributions can be sent anytime throughout the year.

Nineteen of the 76 cases adopted by LAF have had California plaintiffs. Currently, we have two active cases (UC Irvine Medical Center and UC Davis).

Four key programs drive the work of the LAF: case support, the network of attorneys, the campus outreach program, and the Progress in Equity award.

Read more here about the Legal Advocacy Fund, the cases, and the women who have benefitted …