November 2016

Everything You Need to Know for Election Day

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.

Read more: https://www.aauw.org/2016/10/27/what-you-need-to-know-for-election-day/


Gosset v. Lasch, Cooper, Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California: A Sexual Harassment Case


 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

Read More : https://www.aauw.org/resource/gosset-v-lasch/


To Help End the Pay Gap, Stop Asking New Hires for Salary Histories

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.

Read More : https://www.aauw.org/2016/10/14/stop-salary-histories/


Want to See Action on Women’s Issues? Check Out Your Statehouse!

2016 Maryland Equal Pay Day Rally

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.

Read More : https://www.aauw.org/2016/10/19/check-out-your-statehouse-for-action-on-womens-issues/


Join AAUW’s Online Author Talk with Sarah Deer, Author of The Beginning and End of Rape

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

Learn more and register: https://www.aauw.org/event/2016/12/the-beginning-and-end-of-rape-book-discussion/


Get Inspired by Women’s History in the Nation’s Capital

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.

Read More : http://convention.aauw.org/2016/09/22/get-inspired-by-womens-history/