Friday, August 31, 2012

AAUW Buffalo Leads Country in Giving

Congratulations and thank you to the members of the Buffalo Branch. They reach into their pockets and give from their hearts. Equity, Education, Advocacy and Research all require philanthropy.

The Buffalo just received word that they lead the nation in giving. We hope you'll share your fundraising ideas with the rest of  us. We know that your book sale raises substantial amounts. What else do you do?
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AAUW featured in Assembly Task Force on Women newsletter

Check out page 3 in the latest issue of the newsletter for the NYS Assembly Task Force on Women’s Issues:

“To commemorate National Equal Pay Day, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee was invited to address members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in Albany. AAUW is a nation-wide network composed of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 600 college/university institution partners. For 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day for the purposes of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.”

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

AAUW at the Republican Convention

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 25:  Workers make final pre...
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 25: Workers make final preperations to the stage for the Republican National Convention at Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 25, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
AAUW Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Lisa Maatz is representing us at the Republican Convention this week. Follow her updates at AAUW Dialog, on Facebook, and @LisaMaatz on Twitter. 
"But delegates also have some serious work to do. They must finalize the party’splatform, a statement of the party’s policies that has received an unusual amount of attention and dissent after Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s comments regarding “legitimate rape” and reproductive rights. AAUW submitted comments to the Republican National Convention platform committee for their consideration as they put together their platform. Based on our own AAUW member-adopted Public Policy Program, these comments ensure that AAUW is part of the process in a meaningful way.... 

"Speaking of delegates, today I’ll be searching out some of the AAUW members who are part of the convention’s delegate body. I know for sure there’s AAUW representation in the Ohio delegation — I’m not at all surprised that my home state had the good taste to elect an AAUW member to their ranks!" 
So, if you know any AAUW members at the convention, ask them to look for Lisa and share their perspective on the doings there. And, follow Lisa. She's a great writer and seems adept at finding the right people to talk to.

Next week she'll be covering the Democratic Convention.
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Women's Equality Day: The Responsibility of Citizenship

Today is Women's Equality Day. The 19th amendment protects our right to vote and bestows on us the responsibility of participating in the public arena - voting, running for office, expressing our opinions, and supporting the constitution.

Today we celebrate the women and men who fought for more than a hundred years for "Votes for Women."

Today we rally to protect and move equality forward.

We assume the responsibility of citizenship. And, it's time to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Get Out the Vote Resources

AAUW New York State
It’s My Vote Campaign 

Voter Registration and Education:

 Women wield great power in American politics. More than ever before, women are registering to vote and casting ballots in greater numbers and with more consistency than men. It’s vital that we continue this achievement and engage millennial women.

 There are as many millennials as there are baby boomers — and women ages 18–31 have enormous potential to be as potent a force in politics for years to come. The difference right now is that millennials have yet to establish a consistent pattern of voting.

 By engaging with millennial women, the It’s My Vote, I Will Be Heard campaign will support an enormous generation of young women in establishing lifelong voting habits and to strengthen the voice of women in the 2012 elections.

Here are links to five papers prepared by national that address concerns of millennials in this election cycle. You may find them useful as you plan your Get Out the Vote Campaign. They include:

Feel free to print the issues papers on your branch letterhead as handouts or draw upon them for your campus outreach.

Visit our Public Policy pages to learn more about about AAUW NYS's advocacy issues.
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Johnstown Branch Participating in Consortium Equality Day Event

Members of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women's Consortium prepare for a performance in celebration of Equality Day which marks the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution which gave women the right to vote in 1920.

Pictured left to right: Jahnn Gibson*, Anna Brooks, Catherine Julius*, Elizabeth Russo*
*AAUW AGJ branch members

Equality Day Celebration August 24
On August 24th, the  Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium will  host “Equality Day in the  Park” which includes an ice cream social at 6pm followed by music by Bob and the Bobcats and a presentation of “Failure is Impossible” at 6:30. The celebration will take place at the Charles Jenner Bandshell and park on W. Main St. in Johnstown. 

 “Failure is Impossible" is based on eyewitness accounts and original documents and focuses on several  people who were part of the suffrage movement:  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Clara Barton, Sojourner Truth, and Susan B. Anthony. It opened on August 26, 1995, for the National Archives commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.  

Consortium members and community volunteers dressed in suffrage attire will mix with the crowd and  read the  play lines.   The Bobcats will host a sing along of suffrage songs. Consortium organizations will have displays and voter registration forms will be available.

The ice cream social will be held at 6pm before the performance begins. The cost is $1 per scoop of ice cream and 50 cents for a baked good.

Additional activities slated for August 24 include: 
  • a free 1 hour, one mile guided "Walk in the Footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton" tours at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm presented by the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association. 
  • a luncheon at Union Hall,  $10.  contact Nancy Brown
  • a ribbon cutting ceremony for the "Walk in the Footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton" cell phone tour.

The Consortium supports women’s education, history, culture, leadership and equity. Member organizations include the  Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch of the American Association of  University Women,  Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association, the Eclectic Society, Women Democrats, the Republican Women’s Club of  Fulton County,  Soroptimist, Women of FMCC and Girl Scouts of Northeast NY. 

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

New AAUW Virtual Branch Approved

Maria Ellis
 Empire Branch President
Congratulations to Maria Ellis and the Empire State Virtual Branch team that has worked long and hard to give birth to the Empire Branch. The national AAUW board approved the new branch in July and 25 founding members immediately joined the branch.

NYS president Mary Lou Davis became the very first (dual) member and posted the first message on the Empire website:
Since 1881 AAUW has been a catalyst for change.  AAUW believes that together we can transform society for the better. AAUW’s vision is to bring people together united behind the common goal of breaking through educational and economic barriers for women and girls. 
Virtual branches are a great way for college women and busy professionals to be active in AAUW if they have limited time for meetings. [Read more]

How does a virtual branch work?

It's a work in progress. Read more about it on the Empire website. And check out that cute newborn.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Social Security Celebrates Its 77th Birthday Today

One of AAUW's Public Policy Program includes a commitment to continuing Social Security:
AAUW promotes the economic, social, and physical well-being of all persons. Essential to that well-being are an economy that provides equitable employment opportunities, reduction of poverty, a livable wage, quality affordable dependent care, paid family and medical leave, decent and affordable housing, quality affordable health care, and a clean and healthful environment. We support a Social Security system that provides inflation-protected, guaranteed lifetime benefits with a progressive benefit formula, spousal and widow benefits, and disability and survivor benefits. (
Since Social Security celebrates August 14, we thought you might like to know about a few resources you can use for a branch program or draw upon for your website or newsletter.

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