AAUW Convention: A Call to Action from CEO Kim Churches
Whether you joined us in D.C. or not, we must be stronger than ever in our dedication to progress for women and girls. Whether you participated in the convention and feel ready to channel that energy, or you missed it and need an action plan for gender equity, here are five steps to get you started. Read more.
AAUW Takes Capitol Hill By Storm
It was a hot June day in 1989 when hundreds of AAUW members braved the heat and flooded the halls of Capitol Hill. They were there to tell members of Congress why the United States needed a paid family leave program. 28 years later, we’re at it again! Read more.
Stay Up To Date With AAUW’s NEW Advocacy Tool
Are you ready to take your advocacy to the next level? Opt in to AAUW’s Two-Minute Activist Mobile. This exciting new tool will allow AAUW to send more timely and targeted communication straight to your cell phone via text message. That means we can provide you with more strategic opportunities to take action when your advocacy can make the difference. Sign up online or text the word “AAUW” to phone number 21333 now to join.
One Step Closer
AAUW Delaware supported a bill that prevents employers from asking prospective employees about their wage history. Two Delaware AAUW members, Kathleen Jacobs and Verna Thompson, were at the bill signing and were interviewed about their experiences in the workplace regarding wage history. AAUW Delaware sees this bill as one step toward closing the wage gap.
Faces of Student Debt
AAUW’s new research report Deeper In Debt has shown that women bare a disproportionate amount of student debt. These six women invested in themselves and their future by pursuing higher education. But those degrees came at large price. Read more.
Three Musts for Intersectional Feminism
Intersectional feminism is to acknowledge multiple overlapping social identities and related systems of oppression. So, while we may want to work under the umbrella term “women,” there is not one global women’s experience. Here are three ways to make sure that your feminism is intersectional. Read more.
Reflecting on the First AAUW Lobby Day
With our 49th AAUW National Convention coming up this June, take a minute to look back at our very first Lobby Day. This takes us back in time to 1989 and the 35th AAUW National Convention, where the theme that year was “Choices, Changes, and Connections.” Read more.
Your Vote is Your Voice
You voted November 8th in the hopes of shaping the future of America. Now is your chance to shape the future of AAUW. Your vote is your voice and it needs to be heard now more than ever. Take a minute to cast your vote on policy issues you want AAUW to focus on for the next two years, who you think should be on AAUW’s Board of Directors for the next two years, and changes to AAUW bylaws including the membership requirement. Learn more about the candidates, get ideas for using a branch meeting as a polling pary, and more in AAUW’s Voter Guide.
Give a Grad a Gift
Do you know any new college graduates? What better gift can you give than a FREE one-year AAUW membership! As an AAUW member you have the power to gift ANY number of free one-year AAUW memberships to recent college graduates. Give one, give 100, or give 1,000! Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.
Deeper in Debt
Student loan debt is now a $1.3-trillion problem burdening 44 million borrowers. Experts are talking about the effects of student debt on the economy, but they aren’t talking about its disproportionate effects on women. AAUW takes a close look at that oversight in the new research report Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans. Register for the livestream launch event on May 24 or be the first to know when the report is released.
Mother’s Equal Pay Day
Each May, families around the country celebrate Mother’s Day, honoring the special women in their lives. Yet after all the praise we heap on moms, did you know that many can expect barriers in the workforce? Mothers typically are paid only 73 cents for every dollar fathers are paid. It’s called the “motherhood penalty,” and it’s a persistent problem for all women, not just mothers, working in America. This month Mother’s Equal Pay Day is May 23.
Join AAUW’s Book Discussion Webinar with the Author of Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
Join AAUW and our ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club in celebrating LGBT Pride Month as we talk with Amy Ellis Nutt about her book Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family. Join hundreds of members that have experienced one-on-one virtual conversations with a diverse group of female authors. Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, is the 9th and final ¡Adelante! Book Club Discussion of the 2016-2017 year.
Storming the Capital
The very first convention in Washington, D.C., was held in October 1892. The 1890s were a period of tremendous societal change and technological advances, and women were playing a more active role in society than ever before (sound familiar). Since then, our association has convened in the nation’s capital 13 times, tying with Boston for the most frequented convention city! Learn more about the history of AAUW’s Convention in Washington, D.C. and the women’s history to be explored during the 49th AAUW National Convention from June 14 to 17, 2017.
Tune In for Our Panels on How to #StandUptoSexism
AAUW’s new #StandUptoSexism campaign has sparked lively conversation on social media, in the news, and in communities. AAUW and NYU Washington, DC, are convening a series of panel conversations. Join us online or in person and learn how you can fight gender bias. Read more.
Nominate an AAUW Member for a U.S. Postage Stamp
There have been more than a dozen women involved with AAUW who have appeared on postage stamps. Including Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frances Perkins, and Rachel Carson. We’d love to see more AAUW women represented on our nation’s postage stamps — so we’ll be choosing one woman from AAUW’s rich history to nominate for a commemorative stamp. We’ll select the winning nominee to propose to the U.S. Postal Service. Voting closes April 30 at 12 p.m. EST. Read more.
Join AAUW’s Online Book Discussion with the Author of Re Jane: A Novel, Patricia Park
Join AAUW and our ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month as we talk with 2013–14 AAUW American Fellow Patricia Park about her book Re Jane. What The New York Times calls a “breezy, engaging” first novel that “grapples with real issues of identity, race, and culture from global and historical perspectives”. Register to join the discussion on May 2, 2017 at 7:00pm. Read more.
Get The Simple Truth in Spanish!
Now available en español, use this resource to educate decision makers and your community about the gender pay gap.
2017 AAUW National Election
Learn about your candidates for election to the Board or apply for appointment to the board; read up on the proposed by-laws amendments, the proposed public policy platform, and resolutions on this year’s ballot in the Voter Guide; or learn how to turn your branch meeting into a polling place so everyone can vote! Read more.
Most women have to deal with sexism in their daily life, be it social control, gender discrimination, harassment, misogynist sarcasm, rape culture etc. Unfortunately, instead of fighting back, we were taught that these are non-significant incidents, accidental encounters, harmless jokes or worse that it was our fault. We need more people, not just women, to stand up against sexism for what is right when they witness such discrimination.
Download AAUW’s #StandUptoSexism Discussion Guide.
Gear Up for Equal Pay Day with Weekly Actions
Equal pay day falls on Tuesday, April 4 this year. This is a day to show the discrepancies between what men and women are paid for the same job in the US. On average, women earn 20 percent less than men. Therefore, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.
Each week until April 4, we’ll share a new tip for how you can take action in your community and provide more tips and tools for how you can help ensure that women are paid fairly.
AAUW Stands against Bias and Bigotry
AAUW has always stood up against discrimination since its inception. AAUW’s history speaks for itself on how it has raised its voice against intolerance and injustice. Once again it’s time to unite together and support refugees and immigrants to preserve diversity which makes America so strong and powerful.
AAUW Reacts to Trump Rescinding Transgender Guidance
The Trump administration rescinded Obama administration’s guidance directing schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity. As a strong supporter of Title IX rights, AAUW stands for the civil rights protections of transgender students.
AAUW Winter Outlook Magazine
The Winter 2017 issue of AAUW Outlook Magazine is now available. Get in-depth feminist news and resources while supporting an organization that empowers women and girls.
AAUW Member Benefits
Membership with AAUW means you’re part of a community dedicated to changing the climate for women and girls. As an AAUW member, you will not only have access to valuable resources but also get discounted pricing on some merchandise and services. It’s one more way to express our gratitude for all your support to empower women and improve the lives of millions of women and families. With each purchase, AAUW receives a royalty that is used to support the work we do.
Studies show that those voters who make a plan, including how and where to vote, are more likely to follow through and succeed. Before you head to the polls, learn how to protect your vote and what to do if something goes wrong. AAUW is proud to partner with Election Protection to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Have questions about voting or need more information? Experience problems at the polls? Visit http://www.866OurVote.org or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for assistance.
Gosset v. Lasch, Cooper, Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California: A Sexual Harassment Case
Nathalie Gosset, a senior director at Alfred E. Mann Institute at the University of Southern California alleges that she experienced sexual harassment by her supervisor and faced retaliation and termination from the job after she reported the behavior. She also lost full four-year scholarship awarded to her daughter by the university through its tuition exchange program.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates the Federal law Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion
Read More : http://www.aauw.org/resource/gosset-v-lasch/
Earlier this year, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) signed a bipartisan pay equity bill, which prohibits employers from requiring salary history information before receiving a formal job offer.
Other states have followed suit in diminishing this harmful practice. Governor of California, Jerry Brown (D), signed into law a bill saying that salary history can’t be the only reason to point to if a wage discrepancy exists. Legislators in Maryland, Delaware, Utah, and Nebraska also passed equal pay bills in 2016. Red, blue, and purple states are realizing that the pay gap is real and are taking steps to close it.
In 2016, AAUW members were busy at every level of government passing good laws, beating back bad ones, and laying the groundwork for more successes in 2017. Across the country, state legislatures were particularly inclined to work on economics and public finance, health, crime and law enforcement, education, and commerce. Let’s take a look back at the year in statehouses across the country and find out how AAUW public policy priorities fared.
In recognition of November as Native American Heritage Month, there will be a discussion on a series of essays written by Sarah Deer, an advocate for cultural and legal reforms. She has worked to protect Native women from endemic sexual violence and abuse and played a crucial role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.
When : December 1, 2016, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where : Online (You just need to register.)
Learn more and register: http://www.aauw.org/event/2016/12/the-beginning-and-end-of-rape-book-discussion/
Washington D.C remains a hub for cultural enrichment and many sites recognize the hardships and achievements of women throughout history. As you plan to attend the AAUW National Convention in D.C. in in June 2017, consider allotting time to visit and be inspired by the extraordinary efforts of the women immortalized in these sites.
iAdelante Book Discussions
We’ve had a great start to the 2016-2017 ¡Adelante! reading list with more than 50 registrants for the National Hispanic Heritage Month discussion with authors of The Ones I Bring with Me. Four more online book discussions are scheduled before the year. Enjoy the books and join us for the discussions.
Join us for an online discussion with Kimberly Elkins, author of What is Visible: A Novel, based on the true story of the first blind and deaf person to learn language. And no, we’re not talking about Helen Keller.
When: November 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members
Violence against Native American women is a historical and political problem bounded by oppression and colonial violence. Join author Sarah Deer as she provides a clear historical overview of rape and sex trafficking in North America, paying particular attention to the gendered legacy of colonialism of tribal nations.
The Poisoned Table
Author and AAUW national member Diane Michael Cantor portrays a passionate rivalry between fictional actress Isabel Graves and real-life Shakespearian sensation Frances Anne “Fanny” Kemble.
You Have a Voice in AAUW’s Future: It’s time to tell us what changes you’d like to see to the AAUW Bylaws and Public Policy Program. The comment period opens October 3 and ends December 5, 2016
Visit the website to comment, propose an amendment, or make a resolution.
Every two years, AAUW hosts the national convention where women leaders from across the nation gather together to learn new skills, gain insight and inspiration, and connect with other women leaders. Registration opens October 1, 2016.
Event Date: June 14-17, 2017
Location: Washington DC
Don’t miss the opportunity. Register now!
To find out, read The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap Fall 2016 edition. This addresses the gender pay gap issues in the United States for all ages, races, and education levels and also proposes solutions on what you can do to close it.
Gender bias is the form of discrimination and should have no room in your everyday routine.
Have you ever faced gender bias? Do you know how to respond when you encounter such situation?
Although every scenario is different, you can use some basic tactics to respond to it. We have created different common scenarios to help you tackle the issues when these biases occur.
Get-Out-the-vote (GOTV) is ramping up with less than three months to the election. Register for It’s my Vote to learn how to register, educate, and turn out voters at the polls and to help make a difference this Election Day!
Use the AAUW’s handy guides to craft successful social media campaigns that get women registered to vote and ready for the polls in November!
With a well-crafted tweet or Facebook post, you can raise awareness about AAUW issues and spotlight your get-out-the-vote efforts.
Get involved with AAUW’s national campus leadership programs.
The Paycheck Fairness Act will help secure equal pay for equal work for all Americans. But until that happens, each state will continue operating under antiquated regulations and piecemeal state and local laws to combat unequal pay. While some states do have stronger laws than other states, AAUW members will keep working to make the whole country a better place for women to live and work.
Do you know any person, project, organization or who have made remarkable contributions to equality for women and girls. You can also nominate yourself or an organization for which you serve as an officer.
AAUW state/branch programs are not eligible for this award.
Deadline: November 15, 2016.
Women have been running for president of the United States since 1872 — before women even had the right to vote.
This year, two high-profile women entered the race, and Hillary Clinton has now become the first female presidential nominee of a major political party.
There are many ways to honor or memorialize someone special or recognize an important event by investing in women and girls through AAUW.
- Celebrate Your Milestone: Establish an Honorary or Memorial Fund
Sponsorship is a powerful way to show your support for AAUW national initiatives and see the results at the local level- Sponsor one of the AAUW programs in your community.
Many AAUW branches and states already have or are considering directors and officers liability insurance, which protects your leaders and organization from loss due to legal claims alleging errors, omissions, negligence, breach of duty, and other “wrongful acts.” If your organization has not yet purchased this protection, we suggest considering it.
Help the leaders of your branch and others in your state build the skills they need to increase their AAUW impact. Use this step-by-step guide to help you reach out to and plan leadership training for your local branches.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D) signed a new equal pay bill (H.B. 314) into law last week, which prohibits employers from banning discussions of salary among employees.
The Delaware General Assembly and AAUW of Delaware members were present at the bill signing. They were joined by Lilly Ledbetter to celebrate the bill, which was passed on the last day of the legislative session.
Throughout the legislative process on H.B. 314, Action Network supporters in Delaware sent messages to their legislators urging them to pass this critical measure.
AAUW’s fellowships and grants have provided more than $100 million to more than 12,000 women and projects from 140 countries since 1888.
Our annual Supreme Court Wrap-Up call will be on Tuesday, July 19. Reproductive freedom, access to health care, and affirmative action were on all the court’s schedule. Registration is free to all members, but members must RSVP. We’ll discuss the Supreme Court’s term and analyze decisions that will impact the rights of women and girls across the country.
The AAUW Public Policy Committee (APPC), chaired this year by Karen Francis of Missouri, is accepting comments on the AAUW Public Policy Program until July 25. Your feedback as a member is critical to a successful revision of the PPP.
Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in U.S. schools and ensures all students have access to education. Unfortunately, its work is not done. Get the facts about Title IX, know your rights, and find your local K-12 Title IX coordinator.
AAUW marked the 44th anniversary of Title IX on June 23 by hosting our annual Title IX Cupcakes and Champagne celebration on Capitol Hill to honor Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) as the 2016 Title IX Champion. We recognized Sen. Reid for his dedication to improving educational opportunities for women and girls.
Is your AAUW branch or Younger Women’s Task Force chapter looking for more ways to strengthen your connection with colleges and universities in your area?
Do you want to help local students develop vital leadership skills?
AAUW’s national campus leadership programs are great tools to help you do just that, and now is the time to get involved!
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.