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The HHL February 2017 Newsletter brings you all the latest news, events, and more. February news will be posted a week before the next event.
Program Event February 22, 2017, 6:45 pm,: Social Justice – Dr. Tameka Taylor, Beachwood Branch Library, Room B
Dr. Taylor is an expert in engaging participants in difficult but honest conversations around respect and inclusion in the workplace. Consider what diversity, inclusion, and equity really mean in our communities and how they relate to social justice.
Women: Be the Change – Equity Day/Convention 2017
AAUW Ohio is team building with millennials as Saleha Azmi of the Bowling Green student AAUW chapter runs a student track alongside traditional AAUW programs at its Equity Day & Convention in Columbus May 5 – 6. Special Early Bird (Jan 15 – Feb 28), member, nonmember, and student rates are offered.
Find complete details in AAUW Ohio’s winter newsletter Check back soon for posting.
How to Motivate Kids about Math & Science
Be WISE Camp is a week-long residential camp designed to engage and challenge girls entering grades 7 or 8 in September 2017. The STEM camp, for girls only, will be located on the campus of Denison University in Granville, Ohio and will use the university’s modern laboratories and classrooms. Scholarships are available.
Open House about Water and Water Treatment at Your Local Sewer District Make it a family outing to an Open House that sparks imagination about science. Here’s one about water science and management: Tours, Games, Hands-on Exhibits, Education. September 16, 2017, 9 am – 4 pm. Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, 4747 E 48th St, Cuyahoga Heights. Details at neorsd.org/OpenHouse
AAUW’S upcoming National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at University of Maryland – College Park will be May 31 – June 3, 2017. Read more about it here. Hurry if you want to go; scholarship applications are due by February 28.
News around Ohio
“Galvanizing Training,” a statewide training day about gender equity issues. The event, led by the Central Ohio Women’s Fund and USOW, the United State of Women, targeted training of 1,000 women, particularly younger women. The turnout big! USOW website.
Cleveland women marched in support of gender equality and the rights of all Americans: for equal pay, Title IX, public education, choice, and minority and immigrant rights.
AAUW urges the US Senate to oppose Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. Use our Two-Minute Activist to take action and let your senators know your opinion.
Meryl Johnson Sworn in To Represent District 11 on The Ohio Board of Education
A local swearing in event January 5, 2017 at the Harvard Community Center gave Meryl Johnson’s supporters and several elected officials a chance to congratulate her and to see her sworn in by Mary Rose Oakar. In her preliminary remarks, Mary Rose, who was denied another run due to term limits, mentioned that she was glad to have someone with Meryl’s experience as an educator and dedication to public education taking her place on the board.
Meryl Johnson will represent Ohioans in 27 school districts. She has visited every district. Taking these connections to her new job, she also plans to keep communication flowing to her constituents with a newsletter.
A member of AAUW Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst Branch since 2012, Meryl was endorsed by the branch and by the statewide AAUW Ohio. Several branch members battled bad roads and low temperatures to attend the ceremony.
AAUW’s Issues – Where We Stand
Planning for Advocacy
Women’s elevation to top positions is relatively rare. Why do men still vastly outnumber women in these positions? AAUW’s newest research report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, explores this question.
Wonder if you have any bias? Try AAUW’s short test to see what it says about you. Try it here.
Women Can’t Wait, Families Can’t Wait for Pay Equity
Updated regularly with the most current statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, The Simple Truth about Pay Equity: Fall 2016 is a commonsense guide that provides key facts about the gender pay gap in the United States. Topics covered in the report include: the definition of the pay gap and its history; the pay gap in each state; the pay gap by age, race/ethnicity, and education; guidance for women facing workplace discrimination; and resources for fair pay advocates. Read the policy guide to state equal pay laws and engage in the action. More economic justice information, presentations, and activities on AAUW’s website.
Do we tell girls and women that they don’t belong in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields? How do girls get this message? Toys, parents, friends tend to give the message that boys do math or engineering but girls do not. The day I visited the Museum of Mathematics in New York City, the majority of the children were boys and the parents were men. But I was encouraged to see that the women and girls there were just as busy and having just as much fun. Why weren’t there more females?
The implication of few women in the STEM fields is significant for women’s financial security, economic growth, and global innovation. But you can’t understand a problem without some study. In 2010 AAUW released the groundbreaking report Why So Few? to demonstrate through statistics and to report environmental and social barriers to women’s participation and progress in STEM.
AAUW’s fellowships increase participation where women traditionally have been underrepresented. One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, our national fund invests in women studying everything from aerospace engineering to astrophysics. Read more on the national website.
Sexual assault disproportionately affects college women and impedes their ability to participate fully in campus life. AAUW-HHL salutes the Case Western Reserve University police department for its recently launched, free smartphone app that will help improve the security and safety of students on both the CIM and CWRU campuses.
The app works with both Apple and Android smartphones and uses some interesting features, such as:
- GPS to more quickly locate students in an emergency situation
- Wi-Fi indoor positioning system (IPS) to find a student’s approximate location within a specific building
- “safety checks,” that allow a student to enter an activity (such as walking home from library and an allotted time. If the student does not enter her secure PIN code before the time expires, the app sends a text message to the student’s emergency contacts. The text message includes the activity and a link to a map showing her/his last location.
- “What to do if . . . ” feature includes a list of instructions for various emergencies.
The AAUW toolkit helps establish and extend fully developed campus sexual assault policies, knowledgeable administrators, and, ultimately, an end to sexual violence on campuses. Read more about the toolkit on AAUW’s national website.
Let e-student affiliates know they automatically become national members for one year at no cost to them. If you are an AAUW member, check the Member Center – Current Members page to find a perfect gift for other college graduates.
Give a little; give more–it’s your choice. We welcome new members; membership is not by invitation. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
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