Our 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. Stand with us.
Watch for the September newsletter. The latest local news is in our May 2016 HHL Newsletter
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.
So, look beyond the presidential race and become informed about those who vote for or against legislation you favor. After September, we publish Voter Guides to help you know about Ohio’s lawmakers. We don’t tell you who to vote for, but we do tell you if candidates support our positions on issues. Like our goals for women and girls; vote to make them happen.
The first of our voter guides, the 2016-Ohio-US-Senate-Voter-Guide , details positions taken by Ted Strickland and Rob Portman, Ohio candidates for U.S. 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. Check back soon for the more guides.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch for announcements here about 2016 summer STEM camps.
- Be Wise Camp, June 12-16, 2016, residential camp at Dennison University
- Tech Savvy by AAUW, a daylong conference for girls and families, at Ohio University, Stark State University, more.
The Gender Pay Gap – Updated Spring 2016
Updated regularly with the most current statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap 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.
Newly Released Campus Sexual Violence Data Raise Red Flags
November 23, 2015
WASHINGTON — An American Association of University Women (AAUW) analysis of data recently released by the U.S. Department of Education shows that 91 percent of college campuses reported zero incidents of rape in 2014.
“The data reported by the nation’s colleges simply defy reality and commonsense,” said Lisa M. Maatz, vice president of government relations at AAUW. “These numbers don’t reflect campus climate surveys and academic research, let alone what we’re hearing from students themselves.”
For the first time this year, because of new reporting requirements passed in the 2013 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), campuses are now providing data on dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking in addition to rape statistics. And yet, in each of these new categories only 9–11 percent of campuses disclosed at least one reported incident in 2014.
“What these zeros really tell us is that students don’t feel comfortable coming forward with formal reports at these schools,” said Maatz. “Why? Perhaps the school doesn’t have good services or processes in place or is not perceived as being supportive when students do come forward. Believe me, word gets around the campus community. Needless to say, this is not the reputation colleges want if they’re going to effectively address campus sexual assault.”
When campus environments are hostile because of sexual harassment, assault, or violence, students cannot learn — and their civil rights to an education free of sex discrimination are at risk.
AAUW’s analysis of the 2014 data provides a further breakdown of the numbers, along with background on what the data say about schools that reported zero incidents of rape, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The analysis also provides information about the new VAWA requirements and how to easily access the data, school by school. The full 2014 data set is available online from the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, every school’s annual security report should contain this information. More information and links on AAUW’s Campus page.
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.
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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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.