South Division High School graduate, Mayra Alaniz, received a $5,000 AAUW scholarship in 2013. Although Mayra had said back then that she planned to attend Marquette University and major in social welfare and justice, instead she enrolled at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she is now a senior majoring in government and minoring in sociology.
As the year comes to a close, it’s time to look back AAUW’s achievements which is the ultimate hard work of all of our members and supporters. Without their support, the success of the last year would not have been possible.
- 200,000+ messages went out to state and federal legislators.
- 6 states passed new equal pay laws in 2016.
- 714 resource guides were delivered to Title IX coordinators in 29 states.
- 2,200 signatures collected on AAUW’s petition urging Anheuser-Busch to sign the White House Equal Pay Pledge.
- 44 years of Title IX celebrated with Senator Harry Reid.
- 900+ get-out-the-vote events organized by members in 46 states.
- 19 AAUW members were elected to state legislatures.
- 12,000 young women and girls were empowered through AAUW’s leadership programs.
- 11,460 women learned to ask for the salary they deserve through AAUW salary workshop negotiations
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, named after a woman who discovered her employer was paying her less than here male counterparts, is law that ensures fair pay for all Americans. To further advance equal pay, the White House challenged American businesses to take the Equal Pay Pledge. Several U.S. top companies such as Airbnb, Amazon, Staples etc. have come together in support of advancing equal pay. On December 7, 2016, the 44 additional companies including Yahoo, eBay, AT&T etc. signed the pledge.
What’s At Stake on Election Day: A Millennial Voter’s Perspective
Your vote doesn’t just decide who sits in the Oval Office or in your state legislature. It decides our future. It decides how we end campus sexual assault, solve the student debt crisis, and close the pay gap. And don’t forget, we still have a Supreme Court vacancy that could also determine the fate of these crucial issues. Every vote counts, because voting affects every one of our futures. Hold your candidates accountable, and show them that your voice is the future. Your vote is your voice. Make sure that it’s heard on November 8.
The Paycheck Fairness Act will help secure equal pay for equal work for all Americans. But until that happens, each state will continue operating under antiquated regulations and piecemeal state and local laws to combat unequal pay. While some states do have stronger laws than other states, AAUW members will keep working to make the whole country a better place for women to live and work.
There are many ways to honor or memorialize someone special or recognize an important event by investing in women and girls through AAUW.
- Celebrate Your Milestone: Establish an Honorary or Memorial Fund
Sponsorship is a powerful way to show your support for AAUW national initiatives and see the results at the local level- Sponsor one of the AAUW programs in your community.
Help the leaders of your branch and others in your state build the skills they need to increase their AAUW impact. Use this step-by-step guide to help you reach out to and plan leadership training for your local branches.
AAUW’s fellowships and grants have provided more than $100 million to more than 12,000 women and projects from 140 countries since 1888.
The AAUW Public Policy Committee (APPC), chaired this year by Karen Francis of Missouri, is accepting comments on the AAUW Public Policy Program until July 25. Your feedback as a member is critical to a successful revision of the PPP.
Is your AAUW branch or Younger Women’s Task Force chapter looking for more ways to strengthen your connection with colleges and universities in your area?
Do you want to help local students develop vital leadership skills?
AAUW’s national campus leadership programs are great tools to help you do just that, and now is the time to get involved!
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