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.
August General Meeting via Zoom
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 9:30 ~ 11 am
What Helps During the Covid-19 Crisis
JILL WEST, Nutrition Consultant, will talk about strategies that help build immunity, including specific foods, exercise and stress reducers.
Look for a Zoom invitation in an e-blast, which will be sent to your email address several days before the meeting.
PLEASE NOTE: Constant Contact notices (which is how the e-blast is sent to you) often appear in your bulk/junk mail folder.
The Zoom meeting will start at 9:30 am with announcements and member input.
Jill will speak at 10 am, with Q & A following.
To learn more about Jill, go to her website
September General Meeting via Zoom
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2020
Five-Star Program Recognition
One of rewards of meeting all requirements of AAUW’s Five-Star Program is getting an online briefing with one of AAUW senior leaders to give our branch a personal overview of where AAUW is heading. We are very lucky to have Kimberly Churches CEO of AAUW National join us for this meeting.
Kimberly Churches, the CEO of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), began her career as a high school teacher. She then worked in development for several universities before landing at the Brookings Institution, one of Washington’s most renowned think tanks. She took over at the AAUW, an organization committed to empowering women through education and economic security founded in 1881.
Look for a Zoom invitation in an e-blast, which will be sent to your email address several days before the meeting. The Zoom meeting will start at 9:30 am with announcements and member input followed by Kim’s remarks.
Meet our new Co Presidents for AAUW-OML 2020-2021
OUR WONDERFUL ADVERTISERS NEED OUR HELP. PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO FIND A LOCAL BUSINESS THAT WE CAN SUPPORT DURING THE SHELTER IN PLACE RESTRICTIONS
Read News regarding the latest Supreme Court cases.
Time to Renew Your AAUW-OML Membership!
On May 22, each OML member received an email from memberinfo@AAUW with a unique link just for you if you wish to join online and pay with a credit card. After you renew with National online, use this LINK to complete your online Branch Profile.
You can also download the Dues Renewal Invoice and Branch Profile Sheet to use snail mail. (Or you can download the dues renewal invoice and mail it in and then use the link above to complete your profile on line.)
Please contact Marie Bonilla with any questions.
SPEAKER: PAMELA FREUND-STRIPLEN
local violist, entrepreneur and Artistic Director of the Gold Coast Chamber Players was our speaker at the June Zoom meeting.
Pamela, formerly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, performs internationally with leading classical musicians and will share highlights of her career, her travels and performances, and work with legendary musicians.
Links from our Speaker:
Gold Coast Chamber Players- award winning chamber music series https://www.gccpmusic.com/
Immersive Experiences- a new business that engages all 5 senses
FOR A LIST OF RESOURCES PROVIDED BY DR MARY OLOWIN DURING OUR MAY ZOOM MEETING: CLICK HERE
READING FOR DISTRACTION AND INSPIRATION
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.
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
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.
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. Unfortunately the NCCWSL campus, University of Maryland, College Park, has cancelled their program.
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. Please visit the link on the right side of this home page – Scholarships/Awards You will find 2020 Scholarship Profiles for our awardees.
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.
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/
Walnut Creek Woman’s March a Successful Event
Women’sMarch Contra Costa will post the AAUW logo with a link to our website. As members of AAUW, “we are non-partisan, but we are not non-political. It is the policies that are inconsistent with our mission that we are protesting when we march. We have been and are proud to be identified with a movement that supports issues important to women.” (Kathi Harper, AAUW CA Public Policy.)
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
BE AN ADVOCATE FOR PUBLIC POLICY
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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.