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.

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.

OCTOBER 19, 2021 General Meeting


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

The Saint Mary’s College High Potential Program helps college women (and men) from underserved communities succeed.

Plan to attend our October meeting to learn about this program, and how our branch is helping some of the students connect, thrive and succeed through scholarships and AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).

9:30 am
Orinda Community Church
10 Irwin Way, Orinda

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.

**COVID guidelines require that masks be worn at all times inside the building. We are requesting that all members attending this meeting be fully vaccinated.

In the event that new COVID restrictions are mandated, we will hold meetings via Zoom.
You will be informed via an email if changes are necessary. 

Shelby’s and Scholarships

The scholarship committee is partnering with Shelby’s restaurant in Orinda for a restaurant day.  10% or more of the proceeds for the day will be donated to our scholarship fund.  Join us for lunch, dinner, takeout or both on Tuesday, October 19th ALL DAY.  There is ample free parking with validation in the garage.  If you order takeout, you can ask for curbside delivery at the restaurant, so no one has to get out of the car in case COVID is a concern. They also offer delivery.  Check their website for menus, ordering and reservations and takeout information at Tell your neighbors, family and friends to go to Shelby’s on that day!  Plan to go to lunch with AAUW friends after our October 19th meeting.  A couple of nice bottles of wine will be part of a silent auction held at the restaurant. (You need not to be present to win).


The 2021 Fund Recipients will be presenting their areas of study and personal stories via Zoom this year. Please register to attend one of these virtual luncheons at Learn how your donations are making a difference in the lives of these talented and hard- working young women.

Mark your calendars for the Zoom luncheons:
• Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10 am
• Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 10 am
• Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 1 pm

We plan to ask one of these talented women to speak at our November general meeting.

Diane Bell, VP, AAUW Fund


State Legislative Update: 2020-21 Legislative Session Winding Down

How did AAUW California-sponsored bills fare? Not particularly well, as it turns out, according to Kathi Harper, Co- Chair Public Policy, AAUW California. We started the year off with 39 bills that we selected for varying degrees of sup- port. We chose one bill to co-sponsor, AB 92, with four additional bills for top-priority attention (“A” level bills), five bills for “important” status (“B” level bills), twenty-two bills for low- (“C”) level attention, and seven bills to “watch.”

Overall, 28 of our 39 bills have been des- ignated “two-year” bills, which means they are dead for this year and likely will be taken up again in 2022. However, several of them were converted into the Budget and Budget “trailer bills,” which will provide funding for childcare. The state budget includes $60 million for one year of relief for all families using sub- sidized childcare, increased reimburse- ment rates for childcare providers, and funding for 206,000 new childcare slots.

We are pleased that several bills have passed and been sent to the Governor, and we are working hard to secure his signature on these bills: AB 62 and AB 367, as well as 3 of our “C” level bills: AB 123, AB 1074, and AB 1461.

For descriptions of each of these bills and/or more information on their status, visit our Bill Tracker on the AAUW California website, Public Policy/Leg- islative Advocacy/Bill Tracking.

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.

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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.