WASHINGTON — AAUW Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Churches released the following statement announcing AAUW’s opposition to the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court:”

“AAUW’s expectation is that our next Supreme Court justice will support the fundamental rights of all individuals and understand that his or her decisions have a very real impact on the daily lives of women and their families. After careful review of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s available record, it is clear to us that he would not be that justice. Judge Kavanaugh’s record shows that he is willing to do grave harm by undermining positions central to AAUW’s mission, including upending employment and labor rights, opposing reproductive rights and access to health care, entangling public education and religion, and restricting voting rights. The Supreme Court is the arbiter of so many of the rights essential to women and girls, and if confirmed Judge Kavanaugh will have a say in those decisions for decades to come. Therefore, AAUW opposes Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

On the specifics of his available record, Judge Kavanaugh confirmation would put women’s constitutional rights, including abortion, at risk. He has shown opposition to women’s access to reproductive health care and contraception, seeking to delay a woman’s access to an abortion, arguing in support of religious employers who obstruct their employees’ access to contraceptive coverage, and calling into question protections of the Affordable Care Act.

Judge Kavanaugh has shown little support for workers’ rights, including low-wage workers and workers of color. While on the bench, Judge Kavanaugh argued to weaken protections for race and age discrimination, as well as to narrow prohibitions against retaliation. He routinely argued to limit workers’ rights to organize and to narrow the scope of our nation’s labor laws. He has consistently sided with employers and against workers, refusing to support those who seek to improve workplace conditions and to protect those who have experienced discrimination.

While we continue to urge that Judge Kavanaugh’s full record be released to the American public, his available record makes clear that he stands in opposition to the values and mission of AAUW. He is the wrong choice for the Supreme Court and for women and girls. Now more than ever we need a Supreme Court justice who is not beholden to ideology and will be an independent voice. The role the next justice will play in all of our lives is too important for anything less.”

The AAUW California Fund Committee invites you to celebrate and honor our

2018-2019 California Fellowship and Grant Recipients
12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM (Check In at 11:30 AM)


  • Crow Canyon Country Club
  • 711 Silver Lake Drive – Danville, CA 94526
  • Sunday, October 7, 2018
  • Registration Link
  • Download a flyer HERE.

 Amazing….after 46 years it may happen

by Sandy Fox Sohner     

In the 70’s we all did what we could to ensure the equal rights amendment (ERA) would pass.  It was unbelievable that we could not get ¾ of our states to ratify it, despite the fact that the Congress overwhelmingly approved it. 

From the news article:

“The proposed amendment has three sections but the first is the main clause: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

“In 1972, supporters believed the amendment would invalidate widespread discrimination, including laws that restricted a woman’s right to buy or sell property and employers’ policies that denied unemployment compensation to pregnant workers.”
As you know, 35 states voted to ratify the amendment back then, but 38 are needed.  Last year Nevada ratified the ERA (yay Nevada!) and this week Illinois ratified (!).  All we need is one more state.

 I had given up hope on this thing years ago, but egads it might happen, and ironically, under  Trump’s administration.  I may have to get a T-shirt.

Link to full article

Daytime Movie Group  

Fall is here.  Time for the films we can expect to see nominated for Oscars.  Join your AAUW friends for an afternoon at the movies.
The next film will be Thursday September 6.  
Film, time and location will be sent via email at least four days in advance.  If you want to be added to the email list, email
  Pat Beckner

May 15, 2018 End of Year Luncheon

Maryellen Judson
AAUW-OML Distinguished Woman for 2018

Longtime AAUW-OML member and community volunteer Maryellen Judson was honored at the annual Luncheon celebration on May 22 at the Moraga Country Club. Her many contributions are found in the attached biography.

We are pleased to announce that Peggy Cabaniss is our branch’s 2017 named gift honoree.  This honor acknowledges a person who has given extraordinary service and supported our AAUW branch in the AAUW Fund area.  Peggy has been a supporter of AAUW and its mission for over 45 years.  She has just completed 2 two-year terms on AAUW’s National Investment Committee overseeing $120 Million in assets. This coming year she will be our branch vice president of finance.   Thank you Peggy for your time, talent, and treasure to AAUW OML and to the AAUW Fund.


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

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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.


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.

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.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Gender Pay Gap

Simply put, the gender pay gap is the gap between what women are paid and what men are paid. The most commonly cited gender pay gap statistic in the United States compares the median annual earnings of women who work full time, year-round against the median annual earnings of men who work full time, year-round. There are as many ways to calculate gender pay gaps as there are ways to calculate average pay earned by workers, as long as the original data source records whether workers are men or women. Though the ratio of women’s pay to men’s pay varies depending on the data source and analysis, the finding that women are paid less than men is extremely consistent.  Continue reading.

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.


Monthly OML meetings are held at the 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 need closer access to the Fellowship Hall.

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.