December Holiday Events
October Funds Awards Luncheon
Those who attended the annual AAUW Fund Fall Luncheon in October reconnected with friends from other branches and met five remarkable women who received grants and fellowships for the academic year 2018-19. The luncheon is always an enjoyable event, and the young awardees are inspirational. It’s a time to sit back and enjoy the evidence before us that options for women have come a long way.
October General Meeting Highlights
September General Meeting Highlights
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.
May 15, 2018 End of Year Luncheon
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 needs 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.