AAUW members and supporters stand up to bias and bigotry. AAUW’s voice is needed now more than ever.We need your support to fight against unequal representation of women in business and government, discrimination and harassment in the workplace and on campus, the gender pay gap, and more.
Election Day is around the corner and AAUW members have been preparing for months to ensure that women’s voices are heard on Tuesday, November 8. Now is the time to make sure every vote is counted!
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.
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
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.) Cost: Free
Photo credit: Vietnam Women’s Memorial by Cliff (cliff1066), via Wikimedia Commons
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.
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 Where: Online Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members
The Beginning and End of Rape on Friday : November 2016
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 : December 2016
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.
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, 2016 Location: Washington DC
Don’t miss the opportunity. Register now!
Why are men paid more than women for the same job role?
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.
More than ever before, girls are studying and excelling in science and mathematics. Yet the dramatic increase in girls’ educational achievements in scientific and mathematical subjects has not been matched by similar increases in the representation of women working as engineers and computing professionals. Why there are still so few women in the critical fields of engineering and computing? AAUW’s Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing explains what we can do to make these fields open to and desirable for all employees.
Did you play AAUW’s Presidential Bingo during the first Presidential debate? Even if you missed playing the first time, you have more opportunities to play during the two remaining presidential debates and one VP debate in October.
We’ve created bingo cards with some of the key words women and girls want to hear from both candidates during the course of the debates.