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AAUW’s 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. The American Association of University Women–taking a stand since 1881.  Stand with us.

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The  May 2017 HHL Newsletter  brings you all the latest news, events, and more. Next month’s news will be posted a week before the next event.

Branch members will wrap up the year on May 24, 2017 with a shared meal picnic at the Beachwood Branch Library Auditorium
Discussion about planning for the new year.

Check back for update as we plan during the summer. We are interested in a joint project with a local college/university partner group to effect change in equity, a family or pay issue, or a public education issue. Contact us if you are interested.

Title IX and Compliance

Title IX is not just about athletics.   Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972, the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination in education. It covers women and men, girls and boys, and staff and students in any educational institution or program that receives federal funds.

Title IX covers

  • recruitment, admissions and housing;
  • career and technical education;
  • pregnant, parenting, and/or married students;
  • science, technology, engineering, and math education;
  • sexual harassment and assault;
  • comparable facilities and access to course offerings;
  • financial assistance;
  • student health services and insurance benefits;
  • harassment based on gender identity; and
  • athletics.

Every school should have a Title IX compliance officer who works with the school to help with proactive reviews and helps coordinate school responses to complaints.  But how does the Title IX compliance officer do that?  Read more on our Title IX advocacy page and get the Department of Education Title IX compliance resources.

Women: Be the Change – Ohio Equity Day/Convention 2017

AAUW Ohio is team building with millennials as Saleha Azmi of the Bowling Green student AAUW chapter runs a student track alongside traditional AAUW programs at its Equity Day & Convention in Columbus May 5 – 6. Special Early Bird (Jan 15 – Feb 28), member, nonmember, and student rates are offered.
Find complete details in AAUW Ohio’s winter newsletter and on the State website.

How to Motivate Kids about Math & Science

Be Wise CampersBe WISE Camp is a week-long residential camp designed to engage and challenge girls entering grades 7 or 8 in September 2017. The STEM camp, for girls only, will be located on the campus of Denison University in Granville, Ohio and will use the university’s modern laboratories and classrooms. Scholarships are available. View brochure (a four-fold with front-back pages and inside pages).

Open House about Water and Water Treatment at Your Local Sewer District  Make it a family outing to an Open House that sparks imagination about science.  Here’s one about water science and management: Tours, Games, Hands-on Exhibits, Education. September 16, 2017, 9 am – 4 pm. Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, 4747 E 48th St, Cuyahoga Heights. Details at neorsd.org/OpenHouse

Women Student Leaders NCCWSL

AAUW’S upcoming National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at University of Maryland – College Park will be May 31 – June 3, 2017.  Read more about it here.
Hurry if you want to go;  AAUW Ohio will underwrite two students to attend. Each student will receive $400 toward their registration. Submit the Ohio NCCWSL scholarship application by March 29, 2017.

News around Ohio

Women March in Cleveland

Cleveland women marched in support of gender equality and the rights of all Americans: for equal pay, Title IX, public education, choice, and minority and immigrant rights.
AAUW urges the US Senate to oppose Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.  Use our Two-Minute Activist to take action and let your senators know your opinion.

News from Meryl Johnson, Our State Board of Education Member

   Meryl Johnson represents Ohioans in 27 school districts; she has visited every one of them. Taking these connections to her new job, she also keeps her constituents apprised of her work in Columbus by issuing a periodic newsletter.  The March 2017 issue is about defunding public education and the federal ESSA.
Meryl will join with Dr. Antoinette Miranda at a Public Policy session May 6 at AAUW Ohio’s State Convention to share their perspectives on the workings of the state board and on the proposed state budget for education.
A member of AAUW Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst Branch since 2012, Meryl was endorsed by the branch and by the statewide AAUW Ohio. Several branch members battled bad roads and low temperatures to attend her local swearing by Mary Rose Oakar.

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      AAUW HHL and Northeast members at Meryl’s local swearing in ceremony

AAUW’s Issues – Where We Stand

Equal Pay Day Is April 4

Why call attention to something called “Equal Pay Day?”  We want you to remember that women in the US worked twelve months last year and need to work about three more months this year–to April 4–just to be paid what men were paid for working 12 months in 2016.  Are we ashamed?  Do women and families suffer?  Of course we are and certainly they do.
But shame and outrage do not cause change. Send a message to Congress urging action to close loopholes in existing federal law and strengthen protections for working women.  Check back next week for ways to get your neighbors talking.

Planning for Advocacy

Barriers-and-Bias_web_600x320-280x170   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.
Wonder if you have any bias? Try AAUW’s short test to see what it says about you. Try it here.  Explore our Diversity Blog.

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

   You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. What does it mean for families and why is it so?  Updated regularly with the most current statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, AAUW’s The Simple Truth about The Gender Pay Gap: Spring 2017 succinctly addresses these issues by going beyond the widely reported 80 percent statistic.
The report explains the pay gap in the United States; how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels; and what you can do to close it. Download the full report from our national site; get state-by-state information, a policy guide to state laws, a Power Point, and more. If the gains made to close the gap continue at the current pace, the pay gap won’t close until 2152. Is that too late for you?

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.

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. Did you know that Ohio spent $2 million in the past two years to develop model best practices for preventing and responding to campus sexual assault? That amount was allocated to the Department of Higher Education in the last biennial budget; the result is the publication of the report, Changing Campus Culture: Preventing & Responding to Campus Sexual violence.
In its first year, 79 out of Ohio’s 88 public and private campuses reported making significant progress implementing its recommendations.   You can find the report and find a presentation here: www.ohiohighered.org/ccc/report.
The Case Western Reserve University police department launched a 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 associates 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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Top-Rated Nonprofit_bannerGive 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’s Mission
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW’s Value Promise
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.

AAUW’s Diversity Policy
In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.