Category Archives: This and That

Deeper in Debt

AAUW’s newest research was released May 24th.  Deeper in Debt explores the issue of college debt through a gender lens–the first study to do so.  For the class of 2015, Pennsylvania is the second highest debt state–$34,798 per student.

AAUW Carlisle at AAUW-PA State Convention

Taking advantage of the close proximity of the this year’s AAUW-PA State Convention held in York, PA, seven members of the branch attended the Friday evening to Sunday noon event in April 2017.  For a full recap of the convention, read the May 2017 Keystoner.  For personal reflections, keep reading.

“Loved meeting members from other branches! Their accomplishments are admirable and their enthusiasm for making an impact is contagious. I feel like I’ve met far flung cousins of a big, competent family! “  Pat Markowski

The state convention in York was informative and enlightening. It was fun to reconnect with friends from other branches, meet new friends and hear some great speakers. I also got some new ideas to implement within our branch and within the community. I was very proud of the fact that there were 7 Carlisle members in attendance.
Linkey Green

I was very glad to be able to attend part of my first PA AAUW meeting. Mary Armstrong’s discussion on Women in STEM was very interesting and I found the public policy workshop (“It’s All About the Bill”) extremely informative and helpful as I think about how to maximize my impact and success as an advocate.  Donna M. Bickford, Ph.D.

WOW! The AAUW-PA state convention provide an opportunity to learn more about AAUW’s policies and what we are doing to change climate for women and girls. It was great to interact with like-minded women from across the state. My favorite sessions concerned sexual assault and implicit bias, prejudice and stereotypes. Sue Royer

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to attend the AAUW-PA Convention this year. Since I am a fairly new AAUW member, the convention was a great way to learn a lot about AAUW’s advocacy priorities, what is going on at the state and national levels, what other organizations we partner or collaborate with, and what is going on at other branches around the state. The speakers were fantastic, the presentations were thought-provoking and inspirational, and the conversations with other women were encouraging and enjoyable.  Molly A. Shane, CFRE

Remember the professional conferences you dreaded attending? AAUW-PA state convention is the opposite. Meeting new people; sharing ideas; learning; and lots of laughing are why I enjoy state convention. Mark your calendars now for April 13-15, 2018 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, PA.  Ann Pehle

At state convention, members gather to connect with old friends and make new ones. There is the opportunity to sharpen skills, network, and learn from one another. The many workshops and speakers on the agenda are aimed at helping to give you the tools to bring the mission home to your branch and community. Attending a state convention inspires members’ passion, energy, and enthusiasm for AAUW.  Marjie Mowery

Wonderful day in Washington D.C.

We had a fabulous day in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, April 12th visiting AAUW’s new National Headquarters, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill.   The bus driver even scoped out some still-blooming cherry blossoms to show us on a quick tour around the tidal basin.

Members of the AAUW Public Policy team spent over an hour with us discussing current events as they relate to AAUW public policy issues and work at the federal, state and local level.  After a tour of the office and lunch, members of the Branch Relations (membership) team discussed national AAUW membership.  They asked what we were doing to achieve a high renewal percentage and add so many new members.  All the right stuff, we guessed.  🙂  We all gained a greater understanding of and appreciation for the AAUW national office and the work they do to support branches and public policy initiatives.

Next we were off to the National Museum of Women in the Arts for a guided tour and time to meander on our own.  We ended the day with dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill, an iconic tavern offering American meals.

Thank you, Don Mowery for planning such an wonderful excursion.

AAUW-PA Board Election Voting Options

Exercise your vote as an AAUW-PA member for the 2017-2018 officers.  And, it is especially important since our own Linkey Green is on the ballot.  Would be a shame if her branch didn’t have good voter turnout.  Here are your options.

Option 1 — Attend the annual convention
The annual meeting with elections will be on Saturday, April 22.

Option 2 — Online voting
Online voting is available now through midnight, June 14, 2017.  Clicking this link will bring up an initial screen that will include instructions and three boxes asking for voting confirmation information: 1) first name; 2) last name; and 3) branch.  Voter names and branch affiliation are required only to verify that you are 1) a current paid AAUW-PA member and 2) that you are not voting multiple times.  This information will not be connected to your vote.

Clicking the “next” box on screen one will bring up the actual ballot. It looks exactly like the paper ballot that includes the titles of each office—Finance Officer, and Membership VP, the two candidates’ names; and an option for a write-in.

Option 3 — Mail in a paper ballot
Refer to the instructions on page 3 of the Keystoner.

AAUW Art Contest — Voting Open

We hear about the gender gap all the time — in salary, in math and science fields, in leadership. But one of the most glaring and longstanding gaps is in the art world. For centuries, women artists were unrecognized, unencouraged, or even discredited simply because they were not men.

Today, things have changed … some. Still, in 2012, only 4 percent of artists on display at the Metropolitan Museum were women. There remains just one major museum in the world dedicated solely to women artists. That’s why we host an annual art contest to give women artists the equal attention they deserve.

Voting is now open and closes February 28th.  You must have your AAUW membership number to vote.  The six winning entries will be featured in a collection of note cards mailed to AAUW members in the spring.

Gosset v. Lasch, Cooper, Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California: A Sexual Harassment Case

Nathalie Gosset worked for 30 years as an engineer. In a dramatically male-dominated field (just 12 percent of engineers are women), she has built a career and made significant contributions to the advancement of technology. She is also an AAUW member and active AAUW Tech Trek supporter.

In 2003, Gosset was hired as a senior director at the Alfred E. Mann Institute at the University of Southern California alleges that she experienced sexual harassment by her supervisor and faced retaliation and termination from the job after she reported the behavior. She also lost full four-year scholarship awarded to her daughter by the university through its tuition exchange program. Read More :

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates the Federal law Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion.

Title VII cases are one of the types of cases adopted and supported by the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund. Although the Gosset case is in the arbitration phase, the AAUW LAF Committee adopted this case because sexual harassment is a core issue that AAUW, and specifically LAF, fight to put an end to. Because Gosset v. Lasch is in arbitration and not a federal case, AAUW cannot offer financial support. However, we will dedicate our moral support to this individual, to her case, and to the upholding of Title VII’s protections.

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund has been crucial to the success of many gender discrimination cases during its 35-year history. The case support program provides financial and organizational backing for plaintiffs who are challenging gender discrimination in education and the workplace. The funds come directly from the generous contributions of AAUW members.

How to Speak Up against Everyday Bias

Gender bias is a form of discrimination and should have no room in your everyday routine.
Have you ever faced gender bias? Do you know how to respond when you encounter such situations?  Although every scenario is different, you can use some basic tactics to respond to it. Here are different common scenarios to help you tackle the issues when these biases occur.

Register Early for Reduced Registration

Every two years, AAUW hosts the national convention where women leaders from across the nation gather together to learn new skills, gain insight and inspiration, and connect with other women leaders. Early registration is October 1, 2016 through January 14, 2017.

Event Date: June 14-17, 2016
Location: Washington DC
Don’t miss the opportunity. Register now!