Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst Brings AAUW to Cleveland

Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst Branch brings the mission of AAUW to the eastside of Cleveland, Ohio.  AAUW protects legal rights; educates women for a lifetime of success; advocates for laws that give women a fair chance; researches educational and economic barriers that harm women; leads and teaches others to lead in our schools, communities, and country. Use the links to find out what we do, or explore the menu items and drop downs just below the header and the top of each page. Brochures are on the Join page or contact us with questions.

NewsletterHeaderThe latest news is in our January 2016 HHL Newsletter

Is Diversity An Advantage?

Meet Dr. Tameka Taylor and listen as she engages us in an interactive workshop about what diversity, inclusion, and equity reallTamekaTaylory mean in our communities. Tameka is co-founder of Compass Consulting Services, providing customized workshops in diversity and inclusion management, team building and more. Tameka will focus on our branch’s role in carrying out AAUW’s mission.

Join us at 6:45 pm Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in Meeting Room C of the South Euclid – Lyndhurst Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

HHL AAUW 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.

Her campaign fundraiser February 18 at Edwin’s includes special guest, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.

Get Ready for Women’s History Month

Think you know a little about women in history?  Take this quiz and see how you rate. Come back again as we make our way into March.  You might learn more.

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.

Who Is This Woman?Who Is This Woman

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Our society tells 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 associates boys with math or engineering.  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 were just as busy and having just as much fun. Why weren’t there more?

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.

Last year, the report Solving the Equation: Women in Engineering and Computing featured the latest data on how few women are working in these fields, and what can be done.

AAUW members provide community programs that break down stereotypes about STEM and show girls that intellectual skills grow over time, regardless of gender.  Tech Savvy is a day-long conference for middle school girls and their families.  Watch for continuing news here and find out what is available in the Cleveland area. Our Advocacy Page on STEM has more information and links to the national news and will be updated throughout the year. Come back for the latest news.

Engineering and Computing Research – Solving the Equation Is Here

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Photo curtest of Penn State college of Engineering

Engineering and computing workers make up 80% of the workforce, but women are dramatically underrepresented. Women comprise 26% of the computing workforce and 12% — yes, 12 women and 88 men in every hundred engineers. Solving the Equation, AAUW latest report, explores the factors underlying underrepresentation of women in these fields, including stereotypes and biases, college curriculum, and workplace environment.  Read and download it from AAUW’s national site by clicking here. It’s long, but the insights for parents and professional educators make it worth your time.

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.

Know Your Rights in the Workplace and Track the Pay Gap

equal paySpring 2015 we saw an update of details beyond the widely reported 78% statistic. Women are paid less in every state, but Ohio ranks 34th of 50 states. Read more. .

Finding out what your rights are has never been easier, thanks to the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund’s new Know Your Rights at Work resource on the AAUW national site. Learn more about protections against pregnancy discrimination, sexist practices, wage inequity, and other issues.

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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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.