Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst Brings AAUW to Cleveland, Ohio

AAUW’s Vision Is Simple

We bring people together for the common goal of breaking through educational and economic barriers for women and girls. AAUW empowers you and helps you take a stand. The American Association of University Women–taking a stand since 1881.  Stand with us.


HHL celebrates 60  year as a branch of AAUW October 27, 2017.

Check out our Programs page to see the year’s events.

The October 2017 AAUW HHL newsletter has news of progress to equity.  You provide the voice, AAUW provides the megaphone, working hard for equity for women and girls and civil rights.


Issues 1 and 2 in Ohio

League of Women Voters members Roz Peters and Sue Taft will help make sense of the proposed constitutional amendment to revise how the state congressional districts are drawn and of a proposal for lowering Ohioans’ drug costs.

Join us Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 6:45, Beachwood Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library

Open to the public.


AAUW Fellowships and Grants Deadlines for Applications

If you plan to apply for an American Association of University Women (AAUW) fellowship or grant, begin soon! Deadlines for 2018–19 awards range from November 15 into December and January.  Awards are open to graduate students and scholars as well as to women needing to advance their career.  Grants target American scholars, Career Development, International scholars, Selected Professions, and Community Action. Read more at the national AAUW website.

We’re Closing in on Pay Equity, or Are We?

Have you heard? The gender pay gap just narrowed a bit. Now women make 80 cents for every dollar men make doing the same job. Now, it’s estimated that at the current rate of gain, the gap may close by 2119–that’s more than a century away!  Women and familys can’t wait.

AAUW will study the issue further and update it’s annual report that shows state by state data.  You can read more in our last annual report, The Simple Truth,  issued last spring. Find the story below on this page.

Title IX and Compliance

Title IX is not just about athletics.   Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972, the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination in education. It covers women and men, girls and boys, and staff and students in any educational institution or program that receives federal funds.

Title IX covers

  • recruitment, admissions and housing;
  • career and technical education;
  • pregnant, parenting, and/or married students;
  • science, technology, engineering, and math education;
  • sexual harassment and assault;
  • comparable facilities and access to course offerings;
  • financial assistance;
  • student health services and insurance benefits;
  • harassment based on gender identity; and
  • athletics.

Every school should have a Title IX compliance officer who works with the school to help with proactive reviews and helps coordinate school responses to complaints.  But how does the Title IX compliance officer do that?  Read more on our Title IX advocacy page and get the Department of Education Title IX compliance resources.

Meryl Johnson, Our State Board of Education Member

   Meryl Johnson represents Ohioans in 27 school districts; she has visited every one of them. Taking these connections to her new job, she also keeps her constituents apprised of her work in Columbus by issuing a periodic 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 of her local swearing in by Mary Rose Oakar.


      AAUW HHL and Northeast members at Meryl’s local swearing in ceremony

AAUW’s Issues – Where We Stand

 Equal Pay

Why call attention to something called “Equal Pay Day?”  We want you to remember that women in the US worked twelve months last year and need to work about three more months this year–to April 4–just to be paid what men were paid for working 12 months in 2016.  Are we ashamed?  Do women and families suffer?  Of course we are and certainly they do.
Check back next week for ways to get your neighbors talking.

Deeper in Debt

Women’s success in postsecondary education is shrinking the gender pay gap and opening up opportunities, but at what price? Women not only take on more student debt than men do, but women also pay back their loans more slowly because of the gender pay gap.

Right now about 44 million borrowers in the United States hold about $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loans.  Read the full report and get presentations for AAUW’s latest research, called Deeper in Debt.here Available at the national website .

Planning for Advocacy

Barriers-and-Bias_web_600x320-280x170   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.  Explore our Diversity Blog.

Women Can’t Wait, Families Can’t Wait for Pay Equity

   You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. What does it mean for families and why is it so?  Updated regularly with the most current statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, AAUW’s The Simple Truth about The Gender Pay Gap: Spring 2017 succinctly addresses these issues by going beyond the widely reported 80 percent statistic.

The report explains the pay gap in the United States; how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels; and what you can do to close it. Download the full report from our national site; get state-by-state information, a policy guide to state laws, a Power Point, and more. If the gains made to close the gap continue at the current pace, the pay gap won’t close until 2152. Is that too late for you?

But shame and outrage do not cause change. Send a message to Congress urging action to close loopholes in existing federal law and strengthen protections for working women.

Tech Savvy and STEM EducationTechSavvyGirls

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.

Campus Safety

Sexual assault disproportionately affects college women and impedes theirAssault_stop-and-start-signs-campaign-against-campus-sexual-assault-280x170 ability to participate fully in campus life. Did you know that Ohio spent $2 million in the past two years to develop model best practices for preventing and responding to campus sexual assault? That amount was allocated to the Department of Higher Education in the last biennial budget; the result is the publication of the report, Changing Campus Culture: Preventing & Responding to Campus Sexual violence.
In its first year, 79 out of Ohio’s 88 public and private campuses reported making significant progress implementing its recommendations.   You can find the report and find a presentation here: www.ohiohighered.org/ccc/report.
The Case Western Reserve University police department launched a 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.

Do You Know a Recent College Graduate?College Students at Graduation

Let e-student associates 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.


Top-Rated Nonprofit_bannerGive 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’s Mission
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW’s Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.

AAUW’s Diversity Policy
In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.