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During the business meeting portion of the convention, we will conduct our state elections. In accordance with our bylaws, the candidates for office must be posted on our website. There is no candidate for the Public Policy Chair position.

Candidates for State AAUW Officers



Valerie Jermusyk is the Past President for the Wilmington Branch, the webmaster for the State and Branch, and Co-chair of the National Fundraising Committee. She is currently teaching special education science to 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Bayard Middle School in Wilmington, and recently received her emergency certification for middle school science. She holds a BS in Organizational Management, MS in Management, and Certificate in Staff Training and Development from Wilmington University. Years ago, she attended Indiana State University as a theatre major.

Valerie is the proud mother of five daughters, ages 25-32, two grandchildren and a very supportive husband, Matthew.

She was an advocate for equal rights before she took over the boy’s monkey bars in second grade. Her jobs have included Director of Strategic Initiatives at United Way, Administrator for Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children, Interim Executive Director of Girls Inc., Director of Development for Delaware College of Art and Design, Director of Marketing at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and Executive Director of Keep Chillicothe Beautiful.

Financial Officer/Treasure

Caprice A. Torrance, MA is the current Financial Officer for the State and a Member of the Wilmington Branch. She works at United Way of Delaware as their Research and Data Analyst. She received both her Master’s and Bachelor’s from the University of Delaware. Caprice holds a MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a Public Health Concentration and a BA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a Pre-Medical Focus. In her senior year of high school, she earned a scholarship from the AAUW Newark Branch that empowered her to pursue her education. Caprice is a strong advocate for Women’s equity and advancement. She believes in the right to contraception, equal pay and equitable opportunities.

Communications Officer

Janella Newman is finishing her first two year term as the Communications Officer for the State AAUW. She has been a member of the AAUW Dover Branch since 2011 and serves on the Board as Membership Chair.  She earned her bachelor and masters’ degrees from Bloomsburg University in regular and special education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Delaware. She recently retired from the field of education and works as a consultant to the Department of Education investigating administrative complaints. In addition to her work with AAUW, Janella is a community volunteer with Make a Wish Foundation, the Dover Public Library, and the Holy Cross Food Pantry. Janella is also an active member of the Kent County Master Gardeners, a division of the University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension Program.  Janella is married with three children and five grandchildren.

1. States Notch Multiple Equal Pay Victories in 2017

Voters are fed up with the persistent gender pay gap, and many state legislators are listening. In 2015 and 2016 dozens of legislatures proposed and enacted bills and laws addressing pay inequality. In 2017 a whopping 42 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., offered legislative solutions to the gender pay gap. While not all of these bills passed, this growing activity shows that red, blue, and purple states realize that the pay gap is real and that something needs to be done about it.

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Image link: https://www.aauw.org/files/2017/09/2017-Equal-Pay-Day-on-the-Hill.jpg
Image caption and ALT text: AAUW staff and interns rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Equal Pay Day 2017.

2. Gender & Racial Pay Gaps for 25 Major U.S. Cities

(note: content including shareables and an embeddable interactive map will be published on Monday, December 11. Stay tuned to the AAUW news feed or Facebook feed for the release of this data. We will specifically work with branches in the 25 cities analyzed to add the map and related content to your websites.)

The gender pay gap is a real and consistent problem, which is all too apparent when we examine the data on the earnings of men and women. No matter how you break down the numbers—by state, by age, by education, or by occupation—the gap is substantial. And cities are not immune to this problem, as our new analysis shows.

AAUW has analyzed the pay gap faced by women of different races and ethnicities in 25 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The analysis revealed that there is a substantial gender pay gap in all 25 cities, with even larger gaps for black and Hispanic women.

3. AAUW Annual Art Contest 

(note: related 2018 webpages to be updated on Friday, December 15)








Showcase your talent by entering this exciting annual art competition. The six winning entries will be featured in a collection of note cards mailed to AAUW members in the spring.

Find out more about this year’s art contest.

Image link: https://www.aauw.org/files/2016/01/Sunny-Days-and-Garden-Maze-by-Carol-Dingman-e1489678516364.jpg
Image caption and ALT text: 2017 contest winner “Sunny Days and Garden Maze” by Carol Dingman.

4. You’re Going to Be Hearing about These Fearless Campus Leaders






Every year AAUW selects 10 college student leaders committed to gender equity to serve on the national Student Advisory Council (SAC). This year’s SAC members are LGBT rights leaders, engineers, student government presidents, first-generation college students, and more.
These students advise AAUW on the needs of college students, take on campus activism projects and community outreach to AAUW student organizations, and gain valuable résumé-building experience. Participants also serve as peer mentors for other aspiring student leaders during AAUW’s annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).

Who are these remarkable feminist student leaders? This year’s SAC members are LGBT rights leaders, engineers, student government presidents, first-generation college students, and more.

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Image caption and ALT text: Members of the 2017-18 AAUW National Student Advisory Council (SAC)

5. Upcoming AAUW National Events

Skill-Training Webinars for Members

Skill-training webinars are an easy way to learn strategies and techniques that can help your branch grow and give leaders the confidence they need to take on new challenges.

Join us on January 9 for a discussion on how to raise funds from businesses and individuals in your community for Fundraising from Other Pockets and on February 13, learn how to welcome and engage a diverse membership with the Inclusion and Equity Committee.

Register for one training or more

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Image caption and ALT text: Members of the 2017-18 AAUW National Student Advisory Council (SAC)

Membership Collaborative Briefing: Dues Increase

The AAUW Board of Directors voted to raise national dues to $59 beginning July 1, 2018. State presidents, membership vice presidents, and finance officers are invited to join this webinar to learn about the timeline for implementing changes, the resources available to help you communicate the value of belonging to local members, and the effects of the dues increase on membership campaigns. Register today (state leaders only)

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Image caption and ALT text: AAUW members chatting during a workshop at the 2017 Convention