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.
The latest news is in our award-winning May 2015 HHL Newsletter
Branch Events To Continue in September
Ongoing: Events planning and board discussion on June 25 set in motion. Next discussion scheduled for board members Wednesday, August 26 at 7 pm.
Recent Topics on “Ecology Is Local” spurred action to eliminate microbeads to help preserve our environment and our water quality. Plastic microbeads found in exfoliating personal care products and toothpastes are polluting the Great Lakes, absorbing toxins, and damaging fish. Lake Erie microbead pollution is the worst of the Great Lakes.
While Illinois and New York already have legislation banning microbeads, Ohio legislators and your congressmen need to hear from you. Petition your senators and representatives via the Alliance for the Great Lakes and write to your Ohio legislators urging them to sponsor legislation.
Learn what microbeads do from the 5Gyres site. Watch their video.
AAUW Finance Officer Training Session Is 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.
Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act Needs You
Encourage your US Congress representatives to cosponsor the FAMILY Act that would cover many who are left out of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The FAMILY Act would provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for situations such as their own serious illness, the serious illness of a child, parent or spouse (including a domestic partner), and the birth or adoption of a child. The program created by the FAMILY Act would be funded by employee and employer contributions that would amount to less than $1.50 per week for the average worker, or two cents for every $10 of an employee’s salary.
Contact your representative and senators today and urge them to co-sponsor the FAMILT Act. Healthy and secure workers benefit our economy.
Engineering and Computing – Solving the Equation Is Here
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.
NCCWSL Scholarship Applications
Do you know an outstanding young woman with leadership potential? Tell her to apply for an AAUW Ohio scholarship to attend the 2015 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. The conference will be held May 28-30 at the University of Maryland in College Park.
AAUW Ohio scholarship winner is BGSU student Brianna Collins. Congratulations, Brianna!
Besides funding aimed to reduce sexual violence on US campuses, the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act authorizes appropriations for the grant program to end elder abuse. Congress also directed the Secretary of State to establish an Office of Global Women’s Issues, headed by an Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Read more.
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.
Ohio’s Voting Record – Support Public Education and Fair Pay
AAUW supports issues favoring public education, women’s equity and pay equity and reproductive choice. Use the Voting Record when you contact your legislator asking for votes favoring public education and fair pay. Armed with knowledge of how he or she voted, you can sharpen your request.
By joining or collaborating with a local group, you can connect with women with backgrounds in medical fields, technology, business, and education who work for equity for women and girls. Become a member of AAUW-HHL. Download our AAUW-HHL in Brief brochure. Visit our blog about diversity; post your comments.
Know Your Rights in the Workplace and Track the Pay Gap
Spring 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.
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.