Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Combating Health Crises in Africa

Dr. Barbara Weiser, Co-Director of HIV Medicne, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, and professor of medicine at Albany Medical College, will lead a discussion of the progress being made in medical research and treatment for HIV and other major health issues confronting developing nations in Africa. The presentation includes personal experiences and images from Kenya and Rwanda where she has lived and worked.
The program, co-sponsored by the Schenectady Branch AAUW and the Niskayuna Central School District Community Education Program, will be presented on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 6;30 p.m., at the Van Antwerp Middle School Auditorium, 2253 Story Ave., Niskayuna, N.Y. The public is invited to attend.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Education as the Gateway to Women's Economic Security

That is the "theme" for AAUW this year. It's long and has a lot of words, but the meaning is clear. AAUW programs across the state focus on this theme and on our mission: advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.

AAUW NYC Branch is focusing it's efforts for Black History Month on advocacy through education by holding a panel discussion highlighting a wide variety of careers (2/24/07) and dinner and "teach-ins" (2/23/07). This event is free, but an RSVP is required by Feb. 17th to Chair Dr. Nkechi Agwu, 212 220 1337 or nagwu@bmcc.cuny.edu..

You need not be a member to attend these events. For more information on the events click here. The branch can be contact directly at 212-684-6068, aauwnyc1@aol.com.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Finance--Liz Perle's Book

In her book, Money, a Memoir, Liz Perle notes that a child today is more likely to see her parents go bankrupt than to see them get a divorce. Women tend to avoid dealing with issues that involve money, but unfortunately the problems of avoidance descend on us all eventually. This book, a choice on the AAUW Adelante book list this year, examines Ms. Perle's experiences with the emotional aspects of money and relates it to what is known about the rest of us. You may learn a little more about Ms. Perle's quirks that you really want to know, but the information is solid and, honestly, I skimmed the dry spots. I still loved the book It is not a how-to but a so-what. It should stimulate some excellent discussions in book groups across the state and fits nicely with our concerns about equity. Highly recommended.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Black History Celebrated

All too often the important contributions made to our nation and indeed the world by men and women of color get relegated to a historical footnote or are overlooked entirely.

Black history month is a way in which these historical omissions can begin to be corrected. Ideally, by introducing ourselves to previously uncelebrated scholars, inventors, activists and others we can more fully appreciate the diversity around us every day.

For those of you in the Metropolitan New York area on Monday, January 15th, consider stopping by the AAUW New York City Branch house for their Martin Luther King Day program. The event itself will be rich and diverse boasting a silent auction, book readings and discussions and a panel discussion on voting rights and voting discrimination.

Reservations are not required. Monday, 01/15/2007, 2-6pm, AAUW NYC Branch House, 111 East 37th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenue), New York, NY 10016, 212-684-6068/aauwnyc1@aol.com

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Women and Careers

Titled "The Future of Economics Isn't So Dismal", the New York Times has an article to ponder today (January 10, 2007, page C1. Surveying prominent economists the author compiled a list of thirteen promising young economists to watch. Six of the thirteen are married to each other. The only clearly female names are among the married. What does it mean? A few years ago we were being told that those doing well were men married to non-working wives. This may be apples and oranges--"business" vs. "eonomists," "now" vs. "then." "Young careerists" vs."those who move to the upper ranks." Questions come to mind--are women becoming more respected? Is it still necessary to marry well--with a different definition of well? Or is it just an interesting factoid?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007



Buffalo Branch – WOW!

I just received a copy of the flyer for the "Tech Savvy" conference coming up in March, sponsored by the Buffalo Branch. What an ambitious undertaking! On Saturday, March 17 on the SUNY Buffalo North Campus, over 200 girls in grades 6-9 will converge to learn about technology and how it might be part of their futures. From "analysis" to "zoo" - twenty different workshops (presented by professionals in those fields) will cover a plethora of topics.

And, if that weren't enough - they will also be sponsoring the tenth annual "Sister to Sister" conference two weeks later - March 31, on the Buffalo State College campus. Teenage girls will come together to discuss their differences and commonalities.

An exciting month for girls in Western New York!

This is, of course, in addition to the annual International Women's Day celebration on March 8.

Contact a local branch to see what's going on in YOUR New York area!