As the AAUW New York State Legal Advocacy Fund Vice President, I want to remind everyone that we still have work to do. Equity Is Still An Issue.
We are pleased with a settlement in the Chichilnisky case but our fight for gender equity and the end of pay discrimination still goes on. Graciela had to stand up to a fleet of lawyers and a university with funds available to pursue their case.
In most cases this is exactly what women have to face. Long term legal battles up against large institutions, academia or corporate, with very deep pockets.
We owe these women a great deal of gratitude for the their fortitude in pursuing difficult law suits for many years. Most cannot work in their chosen profession after pursuing a court case against the institution they worked for.
My work with AAUW in leading our branches and members to support the Legal Advocacy Fund is most important and rewarding to me.
As we enter the second half of 2008, I am asking all of you to remember Graciela Chichilnisky and think of all the others who are still pursuing their suits. Claire Schuster is still awaiting a judges decision on her appeal.
By supporting LAF you give positive evidence that you believe in the AAUW mission of Equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.