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The October 2016 HHL Newsletter brings you all the latest news — details of the October event and more.

October 29 Event on Leadership

Our next event takes its inspiration from two national programs:

  •  AAUW’s Elect Her program–the only program in the country that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office
  • and from the two honorees at last month’s national Hispanic Heritage Awards, namely Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Dr. Diana Natalicio.

Join us at 1:00 pm October 29, 2016 at the Cuyahoga County Public Library Mayfield Branch for this leader event.

Ohio Gives You All Your Voting Info on One Site

There’s no confusion finding what you want at the Ohio Secretary of State’s myohiovote website. Find out where you vote, check your registration, and more.  And if your county puts sample ballots online, you can find them here.  How easy is that!

Still need information about Ohio’s candidates? Then read our stories below for Ohio House and Senate voting records, Ohio’s Congressional Records, and an endorsement of Meryl Johnson for Ohio’s District 11 State Board of Education.

AAUW Reviews Legislators’ and Congressional Votes for You

AAUW is an association of college graduates who speak out on issues important to women, girls, and families. Without our members’ and supporters’ voices, invaluable legislation would never been passed. In recent years, such legislation included the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. If you have a an associate’s degree or higher, join AAUW-HHL and work with us to advance equity.

2016yourVoteYourVoiceLook beyond the presidential race and become informed about your representatives who vote for or against legislation you favor.  AAUW Ohio’s Voter Guide is ready for you to read here. Everything in one guide.

We don’t tell you who to vote for, but we do tell you which Ohio legislators voted for issues important to women and families. Do you like our goals for women and girls?  Vote for legislators and congress members who will vote to make them happen.

The  2016-Ohio-US-Senate-Voter-Guide , details positions taken by Ted Strickland and Rob Portman, Ohio candidates for US Senate. Candidates’ positions on the issues are determined using their voting records, public statements, and campaign position papers, as well as information posted by trusted sources on the Internet. All campaigns are contacted via e-mail in advance of publication.

Position Primer for US Senate Guide

Support: Candidate co-sponsored or voted for this legislation or explicitly stated a policy position on the record with no ambiguity.
Oppose: Candidate voted against legislation or explicitly stated a policy position on the record with no ambiguity.
Unknown: Candidate took no explicit or compelling public position.
Mixed: Candidate made conflicting statements and/or votes on the issue or took a nuanced position.

AAUW-HHL Endorses Meryl Johnson for Ohio School Board

The branch voted in late January to endorse Meryl Johnson, candidate for the Ohio’s State Board of Education in the November 2016 election, because she understands what Ohio children need to get a good education. Mrs. Johnson is retired from 40 years of successful teaching in the Cleveland Public Schools. Her election from District 11 will give minorities a place to have their stories told, their needs met.

Planning for Advocacy

Barriers-and-Bias_web_600x320-280x170Women’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.


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

simple-truth-fall-2016-cover-600pxUpdated 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.

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.

AAUW Finance Officer Training Sessions Available Here

Read AAUW Ohio Convention news or review the Finance Officer Counterparts Session  You can also find it from the Programs and Events menu above, using the drop-down menu. Additional information from the August 2015 Leadership Conference may be found here at the AAUW Ohio 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.  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.

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

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.


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

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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.