showcaseJoin Us at our First General Meeting of 2016-17

9:30 A.M.  Orinda Community Church  Fellowship Hall
10 Irwin Way  Orinda

Special Guest Speaker  Jill West
6 Best Foods for Women over 60

Lunch in the Vineyard- Back by Popular Demand    2014-09-20-vineyard-lunch

Win a 5 course lunch in September for 6 people by purchasing raffle tickets.  This supports our local scholarships given in April to area students.  Find all the details in the attached flyer.

WE ARE MOVING!                                    images-1

Starting in September 2016
Monthly OML meetings will be 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

Run like a Girl: Women Presidential Candidates throughout History

Read all about women who have paved the way for women in leadership.


AAUW’s Start Smart Salary Negotiations Workshop at Chico State    Sara Lautenbach Start Smart

AAUW offers workshops on negotiating fair salaries as part of our overall work to  “Close the Pay Gap.” On March 30th, our new member (OML & DAW branches), Sara Lautenbach facilitated a workshop at Chico State with a room of more 40 students.

72% believe the workshop will have a ‘high’ impact on their ability to negotiate a fair salary for themselves and 38% indicated it will have ‘some’ impact
Note: The other options were ‘a little’ or ‘no’ impact

80% indicate they are ‘extremely’ likely to implement the ideas/concepts from the workshop and 20% indicate they are ‘somewhat’ likely.
Note: the other options are ‘not very’ or ‘not at all’ likely to implement

Pre and post workshop surveys indicate a lot was learned. Special appreciation was expressed around the learning about:

o   The timing for salary negotiations – ideally deflect the discussion to after an offer
o   How to research and prepare for the negotiation – market info is available on the web and colleagues and friends can help you understand your unique value
o   Specific language for use in negotiating.

For more information about the Start Smart (for students) and Work Smart (for women) Salary Negotiation Workshops, see .

Public Policy

July 19 marked the 168th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, the first political convention in American history dedicated to the rights of women. More than 300 women and men joined together to protest the political, economic and social discrimination faced by women at the time. Several resolutions for women’s equality, including a resolution in support of women’s suffrage, were passed.
Though this monumental event served as the seedbed for organized women’s suffrage in America, there is more work to be done. Think of that….after 168 years there is still work to be done. Prohibitive voter ID laws as well as many other restrictive actions denying access to the ballot box still exist in many states across the country and continue to keep eligible voters from exercising their civil rights. Voter disenfranchisement predominantly affects women, students and minority populations. With a November election on the horizon, it is imperative that a clear path to the voter box be made available.Watch for ways that you can add your voice to policy decisions through the 2 minute activist and by working to get-out-the-vote in November.

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.