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February 27– March 10

AAUW Recognized by Bestselling Author at National Movie Event Sponsored by CARE

AAUW branches across the United States participated in Half the Sky LIVE, a one-night only movie event presented by CARE on March 4. Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide – the book which inspired the film, publicly recognized AAUW, saying: “We would like to especially thank CARE’s partner organizations, like the American Association of University Women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Girl Scouts of the USA, which have rallied their members around the country to take part in this event. They are raising their voices on behalf of the mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and sisters around the world – those who may not have the platform to speak out.” CNN, the Huffington Post, and the St. Augustine Record, which highlighted AAUW branch participation, all covered the event.

Have you purchased your copy of Half the Sky yet? AAUW’s Barnes and Noble partnership provides discounts when you purchase books through the AAUW portal. Visit www.bn.com/aauw. Half the Sky is a New York Times bestseller and Tom Brokaw has said its stories “will pierce your heart and arouse your conscience.”

AAUW at the White House for International Women’s Day

AAUW Dialog (Tuesday, March 9)

President Obama told those gathered in the White House East Room that the story of America’s women, like that of the United States itself, has peaks and valleys, but that ultimately it has been one of progress against hardships that women continue to confront. The president pointed to some of what he called the “statistics of inequality” — women earning 77 percent of what men earn; one in four women becoming victims of domestic violence; women making up more than half of the U.S. population while occupying only 17 percent of the seats in Congress, and constituting less than three percent of Fortune 500 company chief executive officers. Read more on AAUW Dialog.

AAUW “Rocks the Red” for HIV/AIDS Awareness

AAUW Dialog (Wednesday, March 10)

Annually, the United States recognizes March 10 as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). This nationwide initiative aims to raise awareness about the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls; and to encourage them to make better lifestyle choices in the face of this epidemic. This year blogs, including AAUW Dialog, are participating in the Rock the Red PumpTM campaign by putting the logo on our blog in solidarity with advocates and women affected by or fighting the disease.

AAUW Analysis Figures Prominently in Forbes Woman Article

Forbes Woman (Tuesday, March 2)

AAUW research figures prominently in a Forbes Woman article on popular college majors. It said that while business has emerged as the No. 1 major for undergraduates, a business degree does not shield women from the gender wage gap. The article continued: “a woman one year out of college and working full time typically earns only 80 percent as much as her male counterparts. Why? According to AAUW’s 2007 ‘Behind the Pay Gap’ report, women with business degrees are twice as likely as men with similar degrees to enter administrative, clerical or support positions earlier in their career.”

AAUW Branch Sponsors Conference to Open Doors to Math and Science Careers

Redlands Daily (Monday, March 8 )

The AAUW Redlands (CA) branch received some great press for holding a conference designed to encourage girls to broaden their interests and consider careers they may never have thought about previously. The article began: “nearly 600 Redlands and Yucaipa students may be more inclined to pursue careers in math and science thanks to a conference held last week at the University of Redlands.”

AAUW Board Member Quoted in Story about Challenges Facing Rural High School Girls

KQCD-TV (Wednesday, March 3)

AAUW board member Connie Hildebrand was quoted in an article about junior and senior high school girls living in rural North Dakota. Research shows that those girls don’t have as strong a sense of opportunity as girls in urban areas. In response, Hildebrand said: “North Dakota cannot afford to waste either the development or the contributions of its talented young women, who support the economic health of their families and this state’s economic future.”

AAUW’s National Women’s History Month Celebration Generates Buzz on Blogs

On the Gender Across Borders blog, Emily Heroy wrote AAUW: “… has great listings for events going on throughout the month” while the WriteSisters.com blog made mention of AAUW’s  activities on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Flickr. “AAUW is promoting a host of activities in cyberspace, tapping pretty much every social media forum to spread the word and raise consciousness.” AAUW’s Women’s History Month kick off blog post was published on BlogHer.

AAUW Funds Record Number of Campus Action Projects

Harvey Mudd College News Service (Monday, March 1)

AAUW is funding a record 12 Campus Action Project (CAP) teams in the 2009–10 academic year. News about Harvey Mudd College receiving an AAUW grant is posted on the school’s website along with a quote from Kate C. Farrar, director of AAUW’s leadership programs. She said: “AAUW is breaking through educational barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance, and that is exactly what the CAP teams selected this year are doing in their communities. Our teams are increasing the number of young women entering and staying in science and math-related fields by addressing the barriers they face in school, college, and the workplace.”

AAUW Supports Right to Choose

Wausau Daily Herald (Tuesday, March 2)

In a letter to the editor written in response to recent anti-choice actions, AAUW of Wisconsin State President Marian Seagren Hall wrote: “AAUW trusts that every woman has the ability to make her own informed choices regarding her reproductive life within the dictates of her own moral and religious beliefs… AAUW will work to support prevention first, comprehensive sex education, domestic and international family planning programs, and access to reproductive health services.”

AAUW’s Lisa Maatz Contributes to Book that Continues to Receive Praise

Christian Science Monitor (Friday, March 5)

An article about Secrets of Powerful Women, which features a chapter written by AAUW Public Policy Director Lisa Maatz, says: “for all the focus on women, the contributors neither demean men nor debate which gender leads better… The takeaway message to women is confident: Everyone benefits when more women lead.”  In her chapter, Maatz focuses on her early experience with the power of advocacy. Articles about the book have also appeared in People Magazine, on The Women’s Media Center website and on Vivid Living.

In an effort to further boost subscriptions to Action Network and Washington Update, and in honor of Women’s History Month, AAUW’s public policy and government relations department is running a contest during the entire month of March.

  • AAUW Action Network: anyone can sign up, member or non-member. AAUW will draw a name from among the new subscribers in March, and one winner will receive a signed copy of Secrets of Powerful Women. http://capwiz.com/aauw/mlm/signup/
  • AAUW Washington Update: This is a members-only weekly legislative update. AAUW will draw a name from among the new subscribers in March, and one winner will receive a signed copy of Secrets of Powerful Women. http://www.aauw.org/publications/washupdate/index.cfm

Vote now for your favorite images in the AAUW art contest with a link to the contest page. http://www.aauw.org/contests/.  The deadline for voting is March 11.

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Interested in an Opportunity for FREE AAUW Membership for Undergraduate Students?

AAUW is hosting two College/University Partnership Webinars on January 25, 2010: one at 1 p.m. EST for college/university representatives and one at 6 p.m. EST for AAUW member leaders. The webinars will provide an overview of AAUW’s college/university partner member program and will highlight the extensive benefits that AAUW offers to students. The webinar for AAUW member leaders will also cover specific strategies for recruiting and retaining c/u partner members.

Students who attend institutions that are AAUW college/university partner members get priority on a number of opportunities for leadership development, education, and project funding. Additionally, they gain access to cutting-edge gender equity research and policy initiatives and receive exclusive member discounts on numerous products, including books from Barnes and Noble, test-preparation materials from The Princeton Review, and so much more! Plus, all undergraduate students at AAUW college/university partner members are immediately eligible to be FREE AAUW e-student affiliates and to receive a FREE, full-year membership after they graduate!

As a graduate student in higher education administration, I understand the importance of resources and services that benefit the college students I interact with on a daily basis. As a future student affairs professional, I can assure you that involvement with AAUW and the college/university partner member program will be the best decision you can make for your institution or an institution in your community.

Throughout the webinar you will hear about student experiences with AAUW programs and learn about key benefits associated with college/university partner membership and, most importantly, you’ll be able to tell us what types of resources would benefit your institutions. You’ll also learn how AAUW is already helping colleges and universities.

Please share the information about this webinar with your colleagues and e-mail khorakiwalaz@aauw.org to RSVP for the webinar. After you RSVP, you will receive specific instructions on how to participate closer to the January 25, 2010, event.

Are there specific resources or benefits that your college/university or one in your community is seeking from AAUW? We would love to hear your feedback!

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One of the best gifts I ever received was chicks that went to family in Cameroon to provide eggs that they needed for nutrients, as well as extras to share or sell; the chicks gave the family independence and sustainability.

After receiving that thoughtful gift, I have made a conscious decision to give gifts that contribute to the greater good. While trying to bring smiles to the face of loved ones, it makes me feel good when I can give on a larger level as well.

The Friday after Thanksgiving is known as black Friday — the day where retailers finally move their books from red to black. It is also the symbolic start of the holiday shopping season. As you are making your holiday buying decisions, consider some “green” giving options. There are many great ways to give.

If you want to support your community, look at fundraisers or events held by AAUW branches, churches, schools, or other civic organizations. They often sell cookbooks or calendars that make great gifts.

I often shop for “fair trade” items that are purchased from underemployed artisans from around the globe who get a fair wage for their crafts. When you buy from an artist co-op, the artist will get a majority of the proceeds, and the rest often goes to programs that promote arts in the local community.

AAUW has a partnership with Barnes and Noble online, which gives members a discount on books. With each purchase, AAUW receives a royalty that supports our programs and services, including community programs, leadership development, NCCWSL, and branch resources. If you are giving a book or music this season, wouldn’t it be great to know it’s going to help break through barriers for women and girls?

If you have any AAUW members on your list this year, remember that ShopAAUW has the perfect gift for them. If your loved ones are not AAUW members, or you know of someone who would be a great addition to the AAUW community, consider buying them the gift of membership.

It’s sometimes hard to find the perfect gift, but how can you go wrong when you know that the gift you give is also going to support a worthy cause?

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