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.

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Upcoming Events    

Saturday, March 28, 2015  2:00 – 4:00 pm, Legal Advocacy Workshop I, “Persuasive Speaking” – Meryl Johnson, retired teacher and Cleveland Teachers Union advocate, presenter

Meryl Johnson

Meryl Johnson

Orange Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library, 31300 Chagrin Boulevard, Orange, Ohio

Workshops on Coalition-Building and Advocate Empowerment  Learn how to build a stronger AAUW profile, presence and skilled advocacy base in Northeast Ohio.  Join us Saturday March 28 at the Orange Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library from 2 – 4 pm for the first workshop in a series.  Download the Forum HHL 3-28-15; read more in the March newsletter.

March 25 at 6:45 pm: Adding the “A” to STEM, Regina Campbell-Malone, of Laurel School, presenter

Engineering and Computing – New Report March 26

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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. AAUW’s latest research report is due out on March 26. Don’t miss it.

NCCWSL Scholarship Applications

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders

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 will support the conference by offering two $400 scholarships toward registration for students who attend NCCWSL  Interested students may apply by downloading, completing and submitting the AAUW Ohio NCCWSL Scholarship Application by March 29th. Apply now.

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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.

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.

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.

By joining 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.  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

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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