AAUW Mission & Action — September 2013
New Pay Gap Rankings: Where Does Your State Stand?
The latest version of The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap is now available online — updated with brand-new statistics. This commonsense guide provides facts and figures about the gender pay gap, including state-by-state rankings, breakdowns by race and ethnicity, and suggestions for taking action. Printed copies will be available by the end of October.
Advocating for the Women’s Economic Agenda
AAUW President Patricia Fae Ho rallied with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other elected officials in Massachusetts to support the women’s economic agenda. AAUW of Texas hosted a similar event with Pelosi to advocate for equal pay, paid leave, and affordable child care. Ask your representative about her or his stance on these issues.
High School Teachers: Register for AAUW’s Gender Studies Symposium
Our Crossing the Line research report shows that teaching gender studies in high school can reduce the incidence of sexual harassment. But teachers who currently do so are operating in a vacuum and need a network to exchange best practices. And those who want to teach gender studies need information on how to introduce this game-changing topic into their curriculum. Join us in St. Louis on October 26 as we bring together educators, administrators, and resource providers to discuss how we can create classrooms of justice.
Sign Up for the AAUW Effect: India
Do not miss this opportunity to travel to India with AAUW November 2–16. You will volunteer in New Delhi and meet AAUW fellows and grantees to learn about the difference they have made in their country, thanks to your philanthropy. This is a travel and learn program where you will leave with a deeper understanding of women’s issues in India.
California Members, Come Discuss AAUW Research
Senior Researcher Andresse St. Rose will discuss the findings from Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success on October 12 at West Valley College in Saratoga, California. The report examines the opportunities and barriers for women at community colleges. Stop by this event, which is co-sponsored by the AAUW Los Gatos-Saratoga (CA) Branch.
You Throw like a Girl: Share AAUW’s Title IX Video
AAUW members recently worked with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks to promote awareness of Title IX and the importance of sports in women’s lives. Anyone wearing an AAUW T-shirt to last weekend’s home game was invited onto the court at halftime, when this awesome video premiered. Reach out to your local sports teams, and use the video at your events.
September 24 Is National Voter Registration Day
AAUW is excited to participate again in National Voter Registration Day this month. AAUW staff will be registering voters in Washington, D.C., and we encourage you to organize a similar event in your community or on a local college campus. Register your activities with AAUW so we can measure our impact and help your event succeed.
Hear AAUW Research on NPR’s Science Friday
Listen to AAUW Senior Researcher Andresse St. Rose on NPR’s popular Science Friday program discussing the gender gap in science and math fields. The segment included findings from AAUW’s 2010 report Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and 2013’s Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success.
Hone Your Advocacy Skills with New How-Tos
Interested in enhancing your advocacy skills? AAUW’s Public Policy and Government Relations Department has compiled resources just for you! Find out more by checking out our new how-tos, which provide a variety of tactics and actions to make you a more effective advocate for women and girls.
Speaking Out for Family Issues in Wisconsin
AAUW Vice President of Government Relations Lisa Maatz recently traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, to speak about the need for pay equity and paid family leave at the Fighting Bob Fest. She also met with members in Milwaukee and Madison about recent updates from Capitol Hill. Sign up for the Action Network to learn more about AAUW’s advocacy efforts.
Know Your Rights in the Workplace
Finding out what your rights are has never been easier, thanks to the launch of the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund’s new Know Your Rights at Work resource. Learn more about protections against pregnancy discrimination, sexist practices, wage inequity, and other issues.
AAUW ON CAMPUS
Make Sure Students Don’t Miss Out on Free Leadership Training
National Student Advisory Council and Elect Her applications are due September 29. These amazing programs build confidence and leadership skills, and some include all-expenses-paid trips to the 2014 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Make sure students in your community know about these opportunities.
Earn Extra Credit: Recruit Your Alma Mater
Recruit your alma mater to join AAUW as a college/university partner member and help Huskies, Bulldogs, or Spartans following in your footsteps take advantage of all that the AAUW community offers. We have a quick, step-by-step guide to help you recruit your school to join a powerful network of AAUW colleges and universities.
Are You a New or Prospective C/U Rep?
Join AAUW on October 14 at 2:30 p.m. EDT for a conference call designed to help college/university representatives learn more about their leadership role on campus and their school’s AAUW membership. RSVP and learn more online.
Prepare for the Best NCCWSL Yet
Every year, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders proves to be the nation’s best student event. Make sending students to NCCWSL a fundraising priority in your branch, and you’ll provide a life-changing experience to a future leader. Students and administrators can start saving up now. Early-bird registration opens January 30.
MEMBER NEWS AND RESOURCES
Tech Savvy Application Deadline Extended to September 30
AAUW is launching a national Tech Savvy pilot program to engage girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Ten branches or states across the country will receive grants to hold a one-day conference based on the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch program. Applications are due September 30 at noon EDT.
Check Out the New ¡Adelante! Book Selections
Are you a book lover? Join us for the ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club. Thanks to submissions from our members, branches, and states, AAUW has established a list of diverse and fascinating books for you to dive into. Check out the 2013–14 list, and pick up your books today. Make sure to use your 30 percent discount at Feminist Press.
They’re Back in Stock — Get Your AAUW Silk Scarf Today!
These stunning silk scarves sold out almost as soon as they hit the marketplace at the AAUW National Convention. Designed by AAUW, the bold colors blend in a beautiful paisley that’s sure to go with everything. The new AAUW logo is discreetly featured, making this the perfect accessory for any event. Buy yours before they sell out again!
A New Look for Programs in a Box
The fabulous branch programming resources known as Programs in a Box are getting streamlined. Same great info — just more compact, easier to access and share, and with fewer materials to weed through. Check out the first few updated Programs in a Box (more to come!), and make sure to use them in your branch programs this year.
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS
Panelists Needed to Select Next Generation of Women Leaders
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 applications for our fellowships and grants. New talent and expertise are always needed. Apply now, and pass the information on to your networks.
Alumna and Author Rosalind Wiseman Tackles “Boy World”
Community Action Grantee and youth expert Rosalind Wiseman released a new book, Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World. It’s the long-awaited follow-up to Wiseman’s Queen Bees and Wannabes, which inspired the film Mean Girls.
Need Funding for Grad School or a Community Project?
This year, AAUW is awarding $3.7 million in fellowships for graduate students and grants for grassroots projects. Spread the word to women in your community, and let them know that they could be eligible for funding. Applications, deadlines, and eligibility info are now online for 2014–15, and new recruitment brochures are available on ShopAAUW.
Alumnae Connecting on LinkedIn and in Person
Are you a former AAUW fellow or grantee? If you are, you can become a member of AAUW’s private LinkedIn group to connect with other recipients in your field of study or community. Recipients are coordinating meet-ups in their cities and sharing news about their recent publications. You can also share professional updates with firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAUW MEMBER BENEFITS
Get Back to Business with Discounted Teleconferencing
Remember to use Connex for your teleconferencing needs. You asked for a discounted service, and we listened. (A special thanks to AAUW of South Carolina for recommending Connex to us.) Call Brian Menzies at 203.778.7237 or visit the AAUW Connex page to get more information. Added bonus: This discount is available for member-owned businesses as well.
Don’t Spend a Penny More than You Have To on Prescriptions
Members have been raving about AAUW’s new prescription discount card. Print a copy or just keep it on your mobile device; either way you’ll save. By the way, the discount card is good for pet prescriptions as well.