AAUW Mission & Action — October 2013


Help Create Classrooms of Justice
Join instructors from across the country at the AAUW Gender Studies Symposium on Saturday, October 26, in St. Louis. Keynote speaker Ileana Jiménez and other leaders in the field will discuss how to reduce sexual harassment in your school system by adding gender studies to your curriculum. Already teaching gender studies? Then join us to share best practices and create a support network. You are not alone!

¡Aprender y estudiar en Cuba con AAUW!
Cuba beckons, and AAUW members and friends are encouraged to join us as we study women’s issues, challenges, and opportunities in Cuba, January 4–12, 2014. In this unique program created specifically for AAUW, delegates will meet with government agencies, women’s groups, university faculty, entrepreneurs, and citizens to learn more about the role of women in Cuban society. Join us for this life-changing travel and learning experience.

AAUW Receives Top Marks from GreatNonprofits
Thanks to the positive reviews by members like you, AAUW is once again top-rated on GreatNonprofits! Visit AAUW’s profile on GreatNonprofits to read what others have said about our impact, and share your story by writing a review today.


Learn More about the Affordable Care Act
Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began October 1. Uninsured Americans can sign up for health care plans through the state exchanges, with coverage starting on January 1. Learn more about the health care market, and determine your individual eligibility and costs today.

Tell Congress: Do Your Job!
We’ve had our first government shutdown in 17 years, and the ramifications for women and families are chilling. AAUW members took action and sent more than 35,000 messages urging Congress to get its act together and pass a responsible budget. While Congress hammered out a deal, we still need you to call and tell your representatives to pursue a responsible appropriations process.


Get the Inside Scoop on NCCWSL 2014
On December 3, at 2:30 p.m. EST, join AAUW and NASPA staff for a conference call to get all the details on the 2014 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Students, administrators, and AAUW members — listen and learn how to make plans to attend, send students from your community, and support the conference. Register for the call today.

Win a Free Trip to NCCWSL
The NCCWSL in Action contest is open now! Students who attended NCCWSL in 2013 can enter to win an all-expenses-paid trip to NCCWSL in 2014. Share a video about how you are giving back because of your NCCWSL experience. Learn more and see last year’s winning video. You could be next!

Find Out More about Student Organizations
AAUW student organizations can be powerful allies in your community. These groups are taking action on gender equity and many other issues on and off campus. Join AAUW on November 13 at 7:30 p.m. EST for a conference call to discuss resources, hear updates, and ask questions of national staff and current student organization officers. RSVP and learn more online.

Meet the 2013–14 National Student Advisory Council
Congratulations to the 10 exceptional college women selected to serve on the 2013–14 National Student Advisory Council. These students promote AAUW and our programs, take action on gender equity issues, recruit e-student affiliates, and serve as peer leaders at the 2014 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. To sponsor an SAC member or to invite a student to speak to your branch or community, contact leadership@aauw.org.

Graduating to a Pay Gap? Not on Their Watch
The Campus Action Project team at Towson University hosted an equal pay “tech-in” event, presented workshops for student organizations, and launched a marketing campaign, all thanks to their CAP grant. Want to take action at your local college? There’s still time! Applications for the 2013–14 CAP grants are being accepted until October 21 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

AAUW + CGI U = Empowered Student Leaders
AAUW student leader Ola Ojewumi published an inspiring piece in the Huffington Post thanking AAUW and the Clinton Global Initiative University for their influential work. Ola attended NCCWSL and served on the AAUW Student Advisory Council; her CGI U commitment helps low-income students find funding to attend college. Sponsor a NCCWSL attendee or SAC member, and help other students like Ola carry out AAUW’s mission.


Which New Supreme Court Cases Will Affect Women’s Rights?
The U.S. Supreme Court began its new term this month, with a docket full of cases that may affect women and girls. RSVP now to take part in our members-only conference call on Thursday, October 24, at 8:30 p.m. EDT and get an overview of these important upcoming cases from AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Manager Mollie Lam, J.D. Questions? E-mail advocacy@aauw.org.

Get Involved: Watch or Screen The Graduates/Los Graduados
From teen pregnancy and citizenship status to homelessness and poverty, this powerful film explores issues facing young Latinas today. Join AAUW and Women and Girls Lead in promoting the film in your community. Look for a screening near you or host your own. A free tool kit and bilingual resources are available.

“I Wish I Knew about AAUW When I Was in College”
There are many reasons why AAUW membership matters in college, and here are at least three ways that you can help AAUW recruit 1,000 new e-student affiliates during October. Remember, students at college/university partner member schools join for free! Think about all the students in your life, and make sure they join as e‑student affiliates today.

Tell Your Community about the Gender Pay Gap
Order printed copies of the fall 2013 edition of The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap from ShopAAUW now! This commonsense guide provides key facts about the gender pay gap in the United States, including state-by-state rankings of the pay gap, the pay gap by race/ethnicity, and more. An updated PowerPoint presentation is also available for download.

Tech Trek Camps Are Expanding!
Congratulations to our three new Tech Trek pilot sites: the University of Alabama, Huntsville; New Mexico State University; and Tillamook Bay Community College, Oregon. Check out this new Tech Trek video, and learn how your support of Tech Trek inspires future scientists, engineers, computer programmers, and more.


Final Call for AAUW Selection Panelists
Are you an academic expert or a seasoned professional? Want to help the next wave of scholars reach their academic goals while adding to your CV? AAUW needs your help reviewing the remarkable applications we receive for our fellowships and grants. New talent and expertise are always needed. Visit the selection panels web page to apply, and pass the information on to your networks.

Fellowships and Grants Deadlines Approaching
AAUW’s fellowships and grants programs provide vital funding for women in the United States and around the globe at critical stages in their careers. Do your part to help them by spreading the word about AAUW’s fellowships and grants programs. Need 2014–15 recruitment brochures? Visit ShopAAUW. Application deadlines run from November 15 to January 15.

Alumnae in the News — Your Philanthropy at Work
Selected Professions Alumna Meg Urry is in the news again, this time in a New York Times article, “Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?” She also wrote a strong piece for CNN about how the government shutdown affects NASA. Meanwhile, 1986–87 American Fellow Katherine Bergeron was chosen as the next president of Connecticut College. We are proud of our alumnae and can’t wait to see who will make the news next!

Fellows and Grantees Want to Meet You!
Have you invited a member of the 125th class of fellows and grantees to your state or branch yet? AAUW’s amazing recipients are eager to meet you, thank you, and share their educational programs and professional aspirations. Check out the online directory of fellows and grantees, and e-mail fellowships@aauw.org for contact information of a recipient in your local area.

Ready to Advertise Your Local Scholarships?
Recruitment season is here, and students are looking for funding in their local communities to help them with those ever-increasing tuition bills. Share your branch or state funding opportunities with worthy applicants by sending an e-mail to localscholarships@aauw.org to be listed on the AAUW website.


Outlook Magazine — New and Improved
Keep an eye out in early November for your redesigned Outlook. AAUW’s award-winning magazine features more dynamic imagery, a font that is easier to read, and more content dedicated to national news and our lively online content. And remember, you can enjoy the made-over magazine in print or go green with a digital subscription.

Long before Amazon There Was the Feminist Press
AAUW members receive 30 percent off list price when purchasing these STEM books through the Feminist Press: The Madame Curie Complex, Women in Science, Base Ten, STREB, Complaints and Disorders, and A Taste of Molecules. Purchase from www.feministpress.org, and use the discount code AAUWBC2012 at checkout.

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