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 monthly and sponsors community outreach projects, interest groups and educational opportunities.

OML has achieved all 5 stars in AAUW’s Five-Star National Recognition Program for aligning our work with AAUW’s Strategic Plan and our initiatives that advance gender equity for women and girls.

January 18, 2022  OML General Meeting

Our ZOOM meeting went very well and we had a wonderful presentation from our speaker. To replay his presentation please CLICK HERE

“Diversity and inclusion is about having the room for people to be authentic, because that’s when creativity happens.”

– Bernard C. Coleman III

This quote is from our speaker for our January 18, 2022, General Meeting at Orinda Community Church. Bernard Coleman III will speak on DEI in the Workplace, informing us about what businesses are doing to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, and he focuses on inclusive, where employees feel like they belong. He is Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer at Gusto, an all-in-one Human Resources platform that provides an HR application for businesses. He leads Employee Engagement efforts which encompass diversity, equity and inclusion, employee relations, and people integrity/governance/compliance functions. In this role, Bernard drives the systemic and holistic diversity and belonging programs throughout Gusto and his efforts span the boundaries of Gusto working in close collaboration with people program areas like human resources, talent recruitment, analytics, marketing, communications, and branding to enhance belonging and diversity throughout Gusto. He is a dynamic and sought-out speaker, lives in Orinda, and we are lucky to have him speak to our group. Do not miss it!

Was this the year you finally found time to devote to a painting or art project? If so, you’re in luck! AAUW’s 13th annual art contest is under way, and we invite members to submit a high-res image of their original painting, photography, sculpture, collage or other artwork. We’re taking submissions through January 31, 2022. Your work could be among the winning entries!

We accept art related to any topic, but we encourage you to consider works that speak to AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls.

Starting in February, AAUW members will select their favorite entries via ranked-choice voting. The winners will be featured on a collection of notecards sent to all members this spring. The back of each card will include the winning artist’s biography, a fact about AAUW and a highlight of the artist’s local branch affiliation when applicable.

Please spread the word to your state and branch! We know from past years’ entries that there is a lot of talent out there!

For more information on submitting artwork or to peruse last year’s art gallery, please visit the AAUW Art Contest page.

 Scholarship Book Fair February 1-28  2022

   Treat your shelf

In the month of February, Scholarship will be holding a book fair with Orinda Books to raise money for our scholarships. At the bookstore, our AAUW table will feature a variety of books for all ages and highlight our AAUW OML community scholarships. Many of the books will be recently released, be of different genres recommended by some of our AAUW members. You will be able to purchase these books on line, by phone or in the store. You can pay by credit card, check or gift card. For on-line orders go to, for phone orders call Monday – Saturday between 10 – 3 at 925-254-7606; and email orders send to

CLICK HERE for a complete list of books for this fundraiser.

Webinar #9 on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. PST

Topic:  “Why Studying Materials Science is Like Playing Tetris”
with Maritza Sanchez. BS, MS, PhD Candidate in Materials Science & Engineering at UC San Diego

Maritza Sanchez is a first generation college student who started out as a psychology major at UC Santa Barbara. She took an engineering course and loved it. Hear about the challenges she confronted in changing her major. She persisted, getting a BS in Materials Science at Cal State LA. After earning an MS degree in Materials Science & Engineering , she is completing her PhD at UC San Diego in Materials Science Engineering,   Her research helps to make planes fly faster and machines such as phones and computers more efficient.

Register in advance for this webinar:

OML General Meeting 
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15   9:30 am • Via Zoom

Public Policy brings you State Senator, Steve Glazer


Webinar #10
March 6, 2022
4:00 PM Pacific Time 

A Career Path Unplanned: From High School Math Class to Civil Engineer to Global Real Estate Projects with Sheryl Mordo, PE, BS Civil Engineer, Senior Program Manager at Intuit

Learn how Sheryl went from loving math to Senior Projects Manager at Intuit.

Register in advance for this webinar:

AAUW is 140 years old!
AAUW California is 100 years old!

Please join AAUW for a virtual celebratory event honoring our rich past and looking ahead to a bright—and equitable—future on Wednesday, November 17th at 1 pm PST. We will hear from the distinguished 2021 Alumnae Recognition Awardee who will be announced that day. AAUW branches will be honored including our Fallbrook Branch for their 75th Anniversary and the Poway-Penasquitos Branch for their 50th Anniversary. AAUW Board Chair, Julia Brown, and new CEO, Gloria L. Blackwell will also speak with us. Don’t miss it– register for the webinar here.
AAUW California began when the San Francisco Branch was established in 1884. By 1921, with thirteen active branches in the state, branch leaders saw a need for a statewide organization. The constitution for AAUW California was approved in October 1921. In 2021 AAUW California is an active and diverse organization for women and men with nearly 9,500 members in 119 branches.

October speaker:  JENEE PALMER
Director of the High Potential Program/TRIO Support Services at Saint Mary’s College.

She was joined  by several students who were part of High Potential program and have benefited from attending AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) Conference.
This special program was brought to you by the Scholarship Committee and OML’s new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion branch priority.   


The Build Back Better Act

This year, AAUW prioritized women in crisis recovery, particularly through our advocacy for the Build Back Better Act. It’s been a bumpy negotiation process, but we’ve made tremendous progress.
Because of unrelenting pressure from activists, we preserved paid leave in the legislation passed by the House of Representatives. But we need to keep up the momentum as the bill is considered in the Senate.

Build Back Better Act invests in:
• Universal preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds
• Affordable, high-quality childcare
• Paid family and medical leave
• Home and community-based care
• Historic climate action
• Health care, Medicare expansion, and lowering the cost of prescription drugs • Affordable housing
• An extension of the monthly Child Tax Credit
• Humane immigration reform
• Higher education and workforce development

Laura Monin and Connie Whitting Co-Chairs, Public Policy

APRIL 18, 2021 View a Recording of this meeting – CLICK HERE   Passcode: i4m&5+9E

The annual Awards program will include an introduction of our seventeen Tech Trek campers, six high school awardees and two Saint Mary’s College awardees. Keynote Speaker: Cara Wolf
Cara is a former Tech Trek camper who participated in our STEM program and received an AAUW-OML college schol- arship. She is a senior at UC Berkeley studying Computer Science with a minor in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies.

CLICK HERE for Zoom recording from our March General meeting
Passcode:    ps@W1T8Z


Guest Speaker Leslie Pfeifer

OML member Leslie Pfeifer will speak on the history of the Flying Tigers in World War II and her experiences as a Vietnam War flight attendant taking troops to and from Vietnam in the 1960s.

The Flying Tigers were American fighter squadrons formed to defend the Republic of China against Japan during World War II.



Our February Speaker

Beverly Lane Local Historian

How did women gain the right to vote in California and the United States? Why did it take so long? Who were the woman suffrage warriors? Local historian Beverly Lane will provide a history of the American women’s civil rights and the suffrage movement which

began in the 1800s. Her presentation will cover suffragists’ campaigns to secure women’s California and National rights to vote.

Beverly Lane has lived in Danville since 1973 and has been active in local government and civic organizations for decades. Beverly was the found- ing president of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and is a curator and exhibit coordinator at the Museum. She is a past president of the Contra Costa County Historical Society and the Eugene O’Neill Foundation Tao House. Beverly is currently a Director of the East Bay Regional Park Dis- trict (first elected in 1994) and is a past Danville Town Council member and three-time mayor of Danville.

Listen to her presentation HERE    Passcode: Wf$S7^7*

You can listen to the recording of the presentation to AAUW-OML by Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan.

She gave a Legislative Update on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 with a focus on legislation impacting equity for women.  The Assemblywoman is on the Select Committee on Reproductive Health and the Women’s Legislative Caucus.  Her priorities for the year are The Miles Hall Foundation working on the LifeLine Act (an alternative to 911 for person’s experiencing a mental health crisis), environmental equity, and gender equity.

Click Here


Click Here for the list of books that Pat Rudebusch from Orinda Books provided in her presentation at the first ever AAUW Zoom April General Meeting.




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

Pandemic Inequity: Latinas and the COVID 19 Experience

This new report examines how Latinas in the U.S. suffered disproportionate economic repercussions due to the pandemic and calls for specific policy solutions to address their needs. Stories from 41 Latinas who were interviewed dramatically illustrate the challenges these women have faced as the pandemic has exacerbated existing economic inequalities.

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

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.