December 2017 Content Suggestions

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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https://www.aauw.org/files/2017/11/2017-18SACgroupphoto.jpg
https://www.aauw.org/files/2016/01/Sunny-Days-and-Garden-Maze-by-Carol-Dingman-e1489678516364.jpg

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

Image link:
https://www.aauw.org/files/2017/11/2017-18SACgroupphoto.jpg

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)

Image link:
https://www.aauw.org/files/2017/06/2017Convention_6.jpg

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


 

Tip of the Month: Fundraising Policies- What AAUW Members Need to Know

Thanks to the generosity of AAUW members and supporters we were able to surpass our goal of raising $13,600 in honor of AAUW’s 136th birthday on Giving Tuesday (November 28). Many of those donations were made via Facebook fundraisers set up by members like you.

With the end of calendar year quickly approaching, Facebook fundraisers and social giving are a fun and easy way to raise funds and to move AAUW’s mission forward.

Learn more and remember a few fundraising policies that all AAUW members need to know.

 Fundraising Policy 501

AAUW Fundraising Policy 501 (previously 402) is designed to assist AAUW state organizations, branches, and other AAUW-affiliated entities with raising funds to support AAUW’s mission. Fundraising procedures, Internal Revenue Service regulations, and state laws change over time. The following information about Fundraising Policy 501 will help AAUW fundraising leaders and all AAUW-affiliated entities stay up-to-date and preserve their nonprofit status.

AAUW Fundraising Policy 501 was approved by the AAUW Board of Directors and took effect on July 1, 2014. Written by the AAUW Fundraising Committee with consultation from AAUW staff, the policy explains what AAUW and the IRS expect of AAUW members when fundraising in AAUW’s name. This version includes guidelines that clarify and provide examples about particular aspects of AAUW Fundraising Policy 501 in plain, easy-to-understand language.

AAUW-Affiliated Entities Scholarship Fundraising Policy 503

The AAUW-Affiliated Entities Scholarship Fundraising Policy 503 was approved by the AAUW Board of Directors and took effect on July 1, 2014. Written by the AAUW Fundraising Committee with consultation from AAUW staff and legal counsel, the policy explains what AAUW and the IRS expect of AAUW members when fundraising for and administering local scholarship programs.

November 2017 Content Suggestions

Take Action to Close the Gender Pay Gap on Latinas’ Equal Pay Day

Thursday, November 2, marks Latinas’ Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when Hispanic and Latina women’s earnings “catch up” to non-Hispanic white men’s earnings from the previous year.  Latinas’ Equal Pay Day marks a powerful moment for national action. There are many things individuals, employers, and the government can do to help close the gender pay gap. Here are ways you can take action to close the gender pay gap in observance of Latinas’ Equal Pay Day.
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Webinar Discussion with Winona LaDuke from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice

 

Join AAUW and our ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club in commemorating Native American Heritage Month as we talk with Winona LaDuke about her book The Winona LaDuke Chronicles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice.
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12 Stats on Gender Equity That Are Scarier than Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time to tell ghost stories. But there’s nothing scarier than the true story of gender inequity in the United States. Forget ghouls, goblins, and graveyards — these statistics reflect a reality far scarier than whatever comes out to haunt on Halloween. But don’t get spooked! There’s lots you can do to support gender equity.
At the current rate of progress, gender gap won’t close until 2119.
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Know Your Rights: Workplace Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII is a federal law that prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion, and it applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including federal, state, and local governments. Even with Title VII’s protections, many people across the country still face sexual harassment in their workplaces.
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Frequently Asked Questions about the Gender Pay Gap

Simply put, the gender pay gap is the gap between what women are paid and what men are paid. The most commonly cited gender pay gap statistic in the United States compares the median annual earnings of women who work full time, year-round against the median annual earnings of men who work full time, year-round. There are as many ways to calculate gender pay gaps as there are ways to calculate average pay earned by workers, as long as the original data source records whether workers are men or women. Though the ratio of women’s pay to men’s pay varies depending on the data source and analysis, the finding that women are paid less than men is extremely consistent.

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Tip of the Month: How to add an image gallery to your branch website?

Galleries give a professional layout for displaying an array of pictures.
For adding a gallery to your branch site, please follow the below steps:

  • On the page you want to add a gallery, click on “Edit Page” after entering your WordPress credentials. You will be on the Word Press dashboard.
  • Click on “Add Media” , a page with the title : “Insert Media” comes up.
  • On the right hand side of the page, click on “Create Gallery” as shown in the attached picture and upload/select pictures.
  • Click on “Create gallery” which is on the bottom right of the page. You will now be redirected to a page which looks like this:
  • In the “Edit Gallery” page, you have the below options:
    • Drag and drop to reorder media files: You can change the order of the pictures by dragging an image and dropping to the required position.
    • Reverse order: You can reverse the order of the images.
    • Caption this image: You can add captions to the image by entering information in the dialog box.
    • In Gallery Settings, you can change:
      • Number of images per row in the “Columns” section
      • Size of the image : Thumbnail, Medium, Large or Full size
      • Random Order: If you check this button, the images will be displayed in random order instead of the listed order.
    • Add to Gallery: You can add more images to the gallery through “Add to Gallery” option.

  • After making required changes, click on “Update Gallery”. You will be redirected back to the WordPress page. Publish the page.
  • The gallery on the web page will be displayed as follows:
    https://site-resources.aauw.org/gallery-test/
    I set the gallery options such that it should display 2 images per row. For this, I changed “Columns” section of “Gallery Settings” to the value “2”.

Word Camp Conferences – 2017

Word Camps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users . Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.
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October 2017 Content Suggestions

The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap

You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. But what does that mean? Are women paid less because they choose lower-paying jobs? Is it because more women work part time than men do? Or is it because women have more care giving responsibilities? And what, exactly, does gender bias have to do with paychecks?
AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap succinctly addresses these issues by going beyond the widely reported 80 percent statistic.
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Know Your Rights: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault under Title IX

mage by Tony Cairns, Flickr Creative Commons

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It covers women and men, girls and boys, and staff and students in any educational institution or program that receives federal funds. Local school districts, colleges and universities, for-profit schools, career and technical education agencies, libraries, and museums are all covered under Title IX.
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Join an ¡Adelante! Book Discussion Webinar with the Author of A Disability History of the United States

 

Join AAUW and our ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club in commemorating National Disability Employment Awareness Month as we talk with Kim E. Nielsen, Ph.D., about her book A Disability History of the United States, a “lively historical record that fills a gap in the literature.”
Have a question for the author? Make sure you submit it along with your registration form so that we can cover it in the session or follow up with you directly.
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Membership Payment Program (MPP)

The Membership Payment Program (MPP) is a secure, online dues-processing alternative to the regular print version Branch Dues Report remittance process for AAUW branches and states. This free tool is located within AAUW’s Member Services Database (MSD).
For Branch and State Participation:
AAUW states must first participate in order for branches to have the option to do so. If your state is not a participant contact the state president who authorizes use of the MPP and urge them to sign up!

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AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation Trainings Now Available Across the U.S.

The AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation program that helps women hammer away at the gender wage gap will have greater reach this Equal Pay Day, due in large part to frustration with the status quo. Left on its own, the gender wage gap won’t close for another 135 years, which is unacceptable and explains why numerous cities are collaborating with AAUW.

AAUW Work Smart has expanded beyond Boston, where it first launched just two years ago, to Washington, D.C.Tempe, Arizona; and Long Beach, California.. Read more


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. Skill-training webinars will be held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. ET.

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How Would You Like to Work the Same Hours for Half the Pay? That’s the Gender Pay Gap for Latinas

Thanks to the gender pay gap, Latinas are paid 54 percent of what non-Hispanic white men are paid. That means it takes Latinas almost an entire extra year of full-time, year-round work in order to be paid what the average white man took home by December 31. Think about how that adds up over a lifetime, and we’re talking about losing a substantial chunk of change — change that could have greatly aided Latinas and their families.
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September 25, 2017: Native women’s Equal Pay Day

Native Women Have to Work 9 Extra Months to Make the Same Salary as White Men Made Last Year. September 25, 2017, marks Native women’s Equal Pay Day, the day that the wages of American Indian and Alaska Native women catch up to the money white men were paid in 2016. (It took about 21 months to white men’s 12, if you’re counting.) We also use this occasion to recognize the pay gap that Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander women face.
Here’s why you might not already know about this particular pay gap..Read more.


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Tip of the Month: How to embed videos to your branch website?

  • Find the video you wish to embed on YouTube and click on “Share” icon present on the top right of the video.
    Click here to view AAUW Videos
  • Click on the Youtube link present on the video.
    Example: https://youtu.be/qD-CLIWXll8
  • Click on “Share” link present in the bottom right of the Youtube video. Select “Embed”:
  • Copy the resulting HTML code provided by YouTube and paste it into your page in WordPress. But you must insert the new HTML code using the ‘Text’ editing mode for the page, not the usual ‘Visual’ editing mode.

Reference Link: Click here to view more details.


Word Camp Conferences – 2017

Word Camps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users . Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.
Click here to learn more about Word Camp.
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