Public Policy

Use and Disclosure of Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetic Products

A bill has been proposed to the Washington State Legislature to require manufacturers of personal care products to label what is in their product. See SB 5480 – Washington Senate (2021-2022) – Concerning the Use and Disclosure of Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetic Products.  AAUW Edmonds SnoKing and AAUW WA State support SB 5480. Contact Sandra Distelhorst,, to learn how you can add your voice in support of this bill.

The WA State Department of Ecology has opened a 60-day comment period for public input on which potentially hazardous chemicals it should regulate in consumer products. More information…

This story map provides some basic information about toxic chemicals in consumer products.

Using these resources on toxic chemicals in consumer products, and participating in our online seminar on Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals, are great ways to protect yourself and your family from their harmful effects.

Safer Beauty Bill Package

A suite of four bills have been introduced in Congress to make beauty and personal care products safer for everyone. These bills include:

While this set of bills is not on the National AAUW priority list this session, and AAUW state and local branches focus only on state and local legislation, it helps state advocates to know what similar bills are being discussed at a federal level. As an individual, you can advocate for these bills. The Breast Cancer Prevention Partners are key advocates for these bills.

AAUW Priorities

We support the AAUW mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

Members of national AAUW, AAUW-WA, and Edmonds SnoKing Branch believe that democratic participation in governance and equal rights, benefits, and opportunities in all institutions of society—economic, social, educational, health, and political—are fundamental to women’s empowerment and public well-being. For that reason we:

  • Oppose all forms of discrimination
  • Support policies that improve racial, ethnic, and gender diversity
  • Believe in the separation of church and state
  • Support a fair, balanced, and independent judiciary

The AAUW National 2019-2021 priorities include:

  • Support for a strong system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity, diversity and inclusivity, and that eliminates the barriers and implicit biases that hinder the advancement of women and girls
  • Access to high-quality healthcare
  • The achievement of economic security for all women
  • The guarantee of equality, individual rights, and social justice for a diverse and inclusive society

Read the complete Public Policy Principles and Priorities.

Advocacy Resources

Keep up-to-date during the 2021-22 Session by: