Content Suggestions (May 2016)

Add Your Name to the Ballot!

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Have you ever considered running for the AAUW Board of Directors?

You should!

Now is the time to start preparing for the 2017 election.

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Give Grad a Gift!

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You have something special to give new college grads: one year of free national membership!

It’s easy, and you can give AAUW memberships to as many recent graduates as you like.

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Mom’s Penalty, Dad’s Bonus

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Women around the country “celebrated” Equal Pay Day on April 12, but mothers (and most women of color) have to wait even longer for their paychecks to catch up.

May 16 represents the symbolic day when the median pay of mothers who work full time, year-round, catches up to the pay that working fathers received the previous year.

Mothers typically are paid only 73 cents for every dollar fathers are paid — mothers face a pay gap larger than the 21-cent gap between women and men overall.

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¡Adelante! Turns 20

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One gender gap we don’t hear about often is the literary gender gap. In 2014, 41 percent of books reviewed by the New York Times were by women; for Harper’s Magazine, it was 28 percent. And the numbers are even worse for women of color: 15 percent for the New York Times and 7 percent for Harper’s Magazine. That’s why we created the ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club: to spotlight engrossing stories and writing by women from all backgrounds. The 2016-2017 reading list is out! Use it to make plans for your book club and be sure to join in upcoming online author discussions.

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The Actual State of My State

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Every year governors across the country offer up their assessments of the state of their respective states. While each one undoubtedly claims, “The state of our state is strong,” it is unfortunately less common for governors to examine the issues that AAUW members prioritize. In 2016, of the 42 governors who gave speeches or wrote addresses, only two governors discussed equal pay. Check out where your state ranks nationally, and learn about the existing state laws.

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AAUW Policy Guide to Equal Pay in the States