The Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette (OML) Branch meets monthy and sponsors community outreach projects, interest groups and educational opportunities.
Congratulations to OML’s Distinguished Woman of 2019-20
On Tuesday, March 17th – the Irish Day – a few of us from the distinguished woman committee went to Jan Cushman’s house to notify her of this honor.
OML’s Distinguished Woman for 2020, Jan Cushman, was crowned! So many things are changing in these challenging times, and happily some things stay the same. We didn’t have a March meeting, so you didn’t get to see Jan’s surprise when we showed up at her door on March 17th at a safe distance.
Jan’s many contributions to the branch’s activities provided plenty of data for many members of our branch to write nominating letters. Jan has passion for our mission and from the beginning volunteered for multiple jobs and soon became a pillar of our Tech Trek program. She has a real passion for mentoring these girls in the STEM fields and has the academic and professional background to make those connections strong and oh so worthwhile. This has spilled over into her other activities in the community where those same skills provide a strong program for senior Girl Scouts.
Nominators cite the many, many ways in which Jan works among us. She is a rock at the discussions the board engages in with ever thoughtful and “right-on” analysis. She acts and speaks with poise and quiet confidence, borne of experience. Other adjectives include “extremely competent, reliable, resourceful, considerate, organized, professional, and a welcoming leader and a dear friend.” Wherever the need or opportunity arises, Jan steps up. When she takes on a responsibility, and she often does, the job is as good as done.
She has been a leader at AAUW Fund, at Tech Trek, with the original effort to bring a Tech Savvy conference to OML, with the STEM conference beginnings in curriculum development and for that conference the best safety plan the Saint Mary’s safety manager had ever seen. She is now our Tech Trek lead and serves as branch coordinator, dorm mom, and tireless fund raiser, and step-in-worker wherever needed. Her quiet confidence and willingness to engage her creativity and energy are applauded. All are united in wanting Jan on their team and several said they couldn’t imagine the branch without her presence and contributions.
We are proud and grateful to have you with us. Congratulations, Jan Cushman!
Thanks to this years DW Committee members: Gail Chesler chair, Sandy Fox-Sohner, Marielle Boortz, Bobbie Dodson, Pat Lopker
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Scholarship Committee Update
We on the scholarship committee have a superb opportunity to see what the students of our Lamorinda community can achieve. We spent three afternoons interviewing senior girls at Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte high schools.
Fortunately, we were able to complete the process and award scholarships to the following students:
Acalanes Lynn Wolfe $1000
Marielle Riesner-Hansen $1000
Campolindo Kate Ye $2000
Miramonte Sophia Kofoed $2000
The shelter in place orders and the closing of Saint Mary’s College has delayed our NCCWSL scholarship process. Laura Wittenberg has corresponded with three well qualified SMC students. These students are participating in areas of leadership for social change, sustainable living and empowering Women. The NCCWSL campus, University of Maryland, College Park, has not determined if the campus will be available for NCCWSL so we are waiting for a decision. We will interview the girls via Zoom and decide two attendees when the conference is approved.
We are disappointed that we will be unable to hold our awards program with the Tech Trek students and our scholarship awardees, but we recognize the importance of keeping our community safe. The community in which we live is one of our greatest gifts.
Mary Ann McLeod Scholarship Chair
The 2020 Census
The Constitution mandates that the US conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. It is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Participating in the census is required by law, and your answers are kept completely confidential. The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) You should have already received an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. Go to: my2020census.gov
Why We Conduct This Count
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. The data helps your community to prepare to meet transportation and emergency readiness needs. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives,and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
THE WINTER EDITION OF AAUW CALIFORNIA PERSPECTIVE NEWLETTER HERE
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 http://www.aauw-ca.org/bill-tracking/
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
Due to restrictions on gatherings the 2020 Stem Conference has been canceled. Participants will be provided further information soon..
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.
CALIFORNIA AAUW CONVENTION APRIL 17-19
MILLBRAE CA has been canceled.
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
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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.
An Interview with Kim Churches and Ruth Bader Ginsberg on Gender Pay Inequity
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
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.
DEEPER IN DEBT: WOMEN AND STUDENT LOANS
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.
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.