Our Kickoff General Meeting for OML  2017-18

Here are some pictures from the September 19th meeting to highlight many branch priorities and interests.

Interest Group Chairs Mary Leigh Miller, Janita Gee, Jan Cushman, Mary Ellen Judson, Mary Hake, Carol Messinger, Mary Smith

Laura Monin Public Policy Co Chair

Jan Cushman, Janet Thiebalt, Sandy Fox Sohner

Jill West, Ann White featured Speaker, and Janette Maher Program Chairs


6:00 to 9:00 pm


Proceeds Benefit TECH TREK
Summer Camp Scholarships
$30 Ticket Booklets are available at the September General Meeting or from Jan Cushman

See the Triad Newsletter for details



Ever considered getting involved in your local community as an appointee to a board or commission?   Want to know more about how the process works? How do you navigate the process and who can help? This is your opportunity!!!

Join California Women Lead and State Assemblywoman Catharine Baker

October 12th, 5:30 pm
Civic Park Community Center Social Hall
(1375 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek)

for an appointments training. You will learn the process that one should take to be appointed to a board/commission/committee at the local and state level. With the number of women in government decreasing, we want to empower women to apply for appointments to reach gender equality on boards and commissions.

This training is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by nine Contra Costa County AAUW branches and Junior League East Bay. Women are underrepresented in government.   Learn how to get involved at the local and state level to start turning this around.



The OML branch of AAUW is holding its 4th Annual Tech Trek Shred•Fest, a secure paper shredding event.

All papers shredded on site:
October 14, 2017
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Rain or Shine at 5A Rent-a-Space
455 Moraga Road • Moraga
$7 per file box • Keep your boxes.

All proceeds fund scholarships to send Lamorinda girls to AAUW’s Tech Trek science and math camp on the Stanford Campus.

October General Meeting 

October 17, 2017

Orinda Community Church
10 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA 94563-2508
9:30-11:30 AM

Guest Speaker Tom Torlakson
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction
will address the state of education in CA.  He is the state policymaker responsible for improving our state’s educational system for all K-12 students.

Tom Torlakson was re-elected to a second four-year term as California’s 27th State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2014. As chief of California’s public school system and leader of the California Department of Education, Torlakson applies his experience as a science teacher, high school coach, and state legislator (3 terms Assembly, 2 terms Senate) to advocate for our students and improve our state’s public education system.

Public Education is a priority of AAUW.  AAUW closely monitors how issues such as Title IX, charter schools, and school vouchers are addressed on the National and State levels.

Fall Fund Luncheon  Sunday Oct 29, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

The time when we come together to celebrate and honor our Fellowship and Grant recipients, along with all their extraordinary research accomplishments.  AAUW California is fortunate to have many recipients of AAUW Funds and Grants studying here. Fellows and grant recipients can be strong motivators when members are deciding where to donate money.

Join our most recent Fellowship and Grant Recipients for an inspiring glimpse into their research. Each luncheon provides an opportunity to meet six to eight recipients who will give a brief overview of their studies or projects and highlight what the support they received from AAUW means to them.

  • Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM (PDT)
    Crow Canyon Country Club
    711 Silver Lake Dr
    Danville, CA 94526

    Register Online Here      Download a registration form

    RSVP by October 16th

    AAUW Convention: A Call to Action from CEO Kim Churches

Lobby Day 2017    Caption: Copyright David Hathcox for AAUW

Whether you joined us in D.C. or not, we must be stronger than ever in our dedication to progress for women and girls. Whether you participated in the convention and feel ready to channel that energy, or you missed it and need an action plan for gender equity, here are five steps to get you started. Read more.

Our OML President Laura Wittenberg and President Elect Denise Burian enjoyed the convention information and inspiration.

Stay Up To Date With AAUW’s NEW Advocacy Tool

Are you ready to take your advocacy to the next level? Opt in to AAUW’s Two-Minute Activist Mobile. This exciting new tool will allow AAUW to send more timely and targeted communication straight to your cell phone via text message. That means we can provide you with more strategic opportunities to take action when your advocacy can make the difference. Sign up online or text the word “AAUW” to phone number 21333 now to join.

Congratulations to our Distinguished Woman of the Year
Mary Ann McLeod

Distinguished Woman Committee Members with Mary Ann

Welcome to the Incoming Board for 2017-18

Tune In for Our Panels on How to #StandUptoSexism

AAUW’s new #StandUptoSexism campaign has sparked lively conversation on social media, in the news, and in communities. AAUW and NYU Washington, DC, are convening a series of panel conversations. Join us online or in person and learn how you can fight gender bias.         Read More

AAUW Stands against Bias and Bigotry 

AAUW has always stood up against discrimination since its inception. AAUW’s history speaks for itself on how it has raised its voice against intolerance and injustice.
Once again it’s time to unite together and support refugees and immigrants to preserve diversity which makes America so strong and powerful.       Continue reading…

Do you know any new college graduates? What better gift can you give than a FREE one-year AAUW membership! As an AAUW member you have the power to gift ANY number of free one-year AAUW memberships to recent college graduates. Give one, give 100, or give 1,000! Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.  Read More


WE HAVE MOVED!                                    images-1

As of September 2016
Monthly OML meetings are now held at the
Orinda Community Church
Fellowship Hall
10 Irwin Way, Orinda 94563

And a NEW TIME     9:30 a.m.  Social     10-12 a.m  Meeting

PARKING IS AVAILABLE IN AN UPPER LOT which is marked with “Event Parking” arrows. Please leave parking in the lower lot available for anyone with mobility issues.  Thanks for helping everyone attend who need closer access to the Fellowship Hall.

Latest AAUW Report

barriers-and-biasWhy do men still vastly outnumber women in leadership positions? AAUW’s newest research report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, explores this question, drawing from scholarly research and paying special attention to stereotypes and bias. The report provides recommendations for individuals and those in the education, corporate, and political sectors to contribute to an environment in which gender is no longer a barrier to leadership.


Our branch serves Orinda, Moraga, and Lafayette, small California towns nestled in rolling hills about 15 miles east of San Francisco. We have much to offer our members, including activities, events, interest groups, and educational opportunities.

The American Association of University Women is a national organization that advances equity for women through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW has more than 170,000 members and supporters in 1000 branches across the United States and 800 college/university members. It lobbies and advocates for education and equity for women and girls. Our commitment to these issues is reflected by the AAUW public policy program and our support for AAUW Funds. Read more about AAUW Funds.