The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

The Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette (OML) Branch meets monthy and sponsors community outreach projects, interest groups and educational opportunities.

February 2020 General Meeting
Sunday February 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Lafayette Library

Interested in learning about salary negotiation? Want to better articulate your worth at work or as a volunteer? Please join us on at the Lafayette Library Learning Center for the AAUW Work Smart seminar jointly sponsored by the American Association of University Women- Orinda Moraga Lafayette and Danville Alamo Walnut Creek Branches. This seminar is free and open to the public.

Work Smart, AAUW’s salary negotiation program, is designed to help close the gender wage gap by empowering women with the skills and confidence needed to negotiate their work salaries and benefits. For more information, visit:

AAUW-OML and DAW are local branches of AAUW. AAUW empowers women and girls through research, education and advocacy. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university members. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic and political. AAUW’s fellowships and grants have helped scholars and activists overcome barriers to education and advancement for 130 years.


With the 2018-19 legislative session finally at an end, members of the AAUW California Public Policy Committee, along with our Legislative Advocate Shannon Smith-Crowley, are proud to report that 12 of our AAUW-supported bills were signed into law.

For information on CA bills,  visit our legislative bill tracker at

Equal Pay Day – Wear Red!

The next Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.  The National Committee on Pay Equity reminds us to wear red to symbolize how far women and minorities are “in the red” with their pay.

AAUW’s updated publication The Simple Truth is based on the most recently released data from the US Census Bureau.  In 2018 women received just 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man.  Women of color often face a wider gap compared to white men.  Black women make 62 cents on the dollar; and Latinas make 54 cents on the dollar.  The pay gap has only decreased by a nickel in the 21st century.

OML’s Nominating Committee is at work!

There are a number of opportunities to serve on the 2020-2021 Board.  Members of the Nominating Committee will be reaching out to you/OMLmembers in the next month to ask about your particular interests and how you would like to serve our branch.  OML is strongest with everyone’s participation.

Please thoughtfully consider various Board positions when you are called.

Or better yet – call one of us and volunteer!  Thank you. Pat Beckner, Jan Coe, Leslie Pfiefer

MARCH 17, 2020  General Meeting:  Immigration

Immigration as an issue continues to rise in importance. Plan to hear a panel of 3 experts knowledgeable about the current policies of the United States who might be able help us un- derstand the ramifications.  Information about the types of visas that get an immigrant into this country, where the immigrants go in this country, what effect those people have on our economy, on our crime statistics, what jobs they do.

2020 DISTINGUISHED WOMAN will also be announced.
Deadline for entries: March 6

Orinda Community Church
Fellowship Hall

10 Irwin Way, Orinda
9:30 a.m. social 10–12 a.m. meeting.

Parking is available in the 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 needs closer access to the Fellowship Hall.

  1. AAUW STEM Techbridge Conference

    Saint Maryʼs College:   March 21, 2020

The fifth annual STEM Conference for middle school age girls is coming: March 21, 2020 at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. The conference creates educational opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  For conference information and registration.  Registration opens on January 24 and will fill quickly.


Find all information HERE

Walnut Creek Woman’s March a Successful Event

Thousands took to the streets across the Bay Area on Saturday, January 18th for the fourth annual Women’s March, joining thousands more at an estimated 180 Women’s Marches nationwide.  Rallies focused on issues such as voter registration, climate change, education, pay equity, reproductive rights and immigration.  Women’s March Contra Costa, held in Walnut Creek, drew over a thousand with the theme of Voting is Our Super Power.  AAUW-OML had 11 members attending.  The march included a rally and was followed by a walk through Downtown Walnut Creek.  Women dressed as suffragettes commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote.  Stay tuned for more opportunities to become involved as we move toward November.

Laura Monin & Jan Coe.  Public Policy Co-Chairs


The BEST way to become involved with AAUW Public Policy is to sign up to be a two-minute activist.  Click this link:TWO MINUTE ACTIVIST This will allow you to sign up with your email and connect  with both state and national calls to action.  Make your voice heard!

Now we are thrilled to announce the NEXT STEP IN AAUW ADVOCACY: Two-Minute Activist mobile.

Complete this form to opt in to Two-Minute Activist mobile — or simply text the word “AAUW” to phone number 21333!

AAUW Strategic Plan

Beyond Aspirations: Advancing equity for Women and Girls



The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap

The gender pay gap is the gap between what men and women are paid. Most commonly, it refers to the median annual pay of all women who work full time and year-round, compared to the pay of a similar cohort of men. Other estimates of the gender pay gap are based on weekly or hourly earnings, or are specific to a particular group of women.

Download Summary of 2018 Research Report
Frequently Asked Questions About the Gender Pay Gap

An Interview with Kim Churches and Ruth Bader Ginsberg on Gender Pay Inequity

Click Here

Kimberly Churches is the chief executive officer of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), an organization devoted to advancing equity for women and girls through education, advocacy, philanthropy and research. Prior to joining AAUW, Churches served as the managing director of Brookings Institution. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.

Know Your Rights: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault under Title IX

Image 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.  Read more.

How Sexual Harassment Contributes to the Gender Pay Gap
New research from AAUW finds that workplace sexual harassment can take a toll on women’s physical and mental health and reduce their lifetime earnings. The report is based on an AAUW analysis of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) data, a review of academic studies on sexual harassment and an exclusive nationwide survey of AAUW members and their networks.

It shows that the experience of sexual harassment is not often one that women can quickly put behind them. Rather, its impact continues to reverberate throughout their lives, increasing their risk of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other long-term health problems. And that’s not to mention the financial repercussions: In AAUW’s survey of 311 women, 38% of women who’d been harassed said it contributed to their decision to leave a job early, and 37% said it disrupted their career advancement.

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.


Women take on more student debt than men … but are paid less after college

Between 1976 and 2014 the price of college attendance more than doubled, but household incomes barely budged. Today most students must bridge the gap between income and cost with student loans—followed by student debt. Women take on more loans and take longer to repay their debt, thus women hold almost two-thirds of the outstanding student loan debt in the United States.  To learn more read the research report from AAUW National.

Latest AAUW Report

Why do men still vastly outnumber women in leadership positions? AAUW’s newest research report, Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans. Women’s success in postsecondary education is shrinking the gender pay gap and opening up opportunities, but at what price? Women not only take on more student debt than men do, but women also pay back their loans more slowly because of the gender pay gap.