May 15, 2018

Moraga Country Club
1600 St Andrews Drive, Moraga 94556
11:15 Check In
12-2 pm Luncheon and Program

Come celebrate our Distinguished Woman Maryellen Judson 
Installation of 2018-19 Board
AAUW Fund Branch-Named Gift Honoree

RESERVATION DEADLINE: MAY 4     Click Here for Reservation form

Maryellen Judson
AAUW-OML Distinguished Woman for 2018

Longtime AAUW-OML member and community volunteer Maryellen Judson will be honored at the annual Luncheon celebration on May 22 at the Moraga Country Club. For more information and tickets, call Judy Helder, 925-631-0156.


Hey, you get to vote! The AAUW Board of Directors has proposed three changes to the national bylaws. A majority of the voters must vote “yes” in order for each of these to be enacted; a quorum of voters is 5% of the members of AAUW.

The first amendment creates board terms that are staggered so that a new board will always have some old members – each year 1/3 of the Board members will be elected. The second will allow non-members of AAUW to serve on the National Board of directors; as many as 5 of the 15 directors could be non-members. The third eliminates the degree requirement for membership.

The National Board has provided a mark-up/ strike out version of the bylaws. Each section of the bylaws in which an amendment appears begins with a “Rationale” section providing the Board’s notion as to why they think the amendment deserves your support. This copy is available by clicking on this link or by browsing to it on our website on the “members” tab. Space on the National website has been provided for you to add your comments. Many members have already provided comments.

You may vote either on paper or electronically. Requests for a paper ballot will be honored if received by National between April 16th and May 7th. Electronic voting will take place on the National website from April 25th through June 9th at 9pm EDT. Your PIN will be provided by email to you in April. Results will be announced on June 10th.

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.

Congress Passes Funding Bill

March 23rd the US Senate passed an annual funding bill to keep the government open through the end of September 2018. President Donald Trump signed the bill into law that afternoon. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill on the 22nd, less than 24 hours after the legislation was unveiled. This rushed process has drawn criticism due to its last-minute nature. In a clear rejection of President Donald Trump’s proposed budgets, many programs critical to communities and to women and girls are funded at levels consistent with or above current amounts. AAUW was pleased to see a $175 per student increase to the maximum Pell Grant award, an increase in funding for childcare on campus, and protection for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. In addition, and thanks to advocacy by AAUW activists, the bill contains a funding boost for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education and clear language from Congress that efforts to reduce OCR regional offices and staffing are unacceptable. The bill does not include funding for several voucher schemes advocated for by the Trump administration. Legislators were also able to work out a compromise with the U.S. Department of Labor to protect tipped workers by limiting a possible regulation on tip-pooling. Finally, health programs will be funded without damaging riders to limit women’s access to reproductive health care, which were reportedly under consideration in the past few weeks. Left behind in this funding bill, however, are Dreamers. Despite promises from legislators on both sides of the aisle, the bill does not include an extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or the AAUW-supported Dream Act.

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.

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.