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 October/November 2015 HHL newsletter

Looking forward to October and November

Join us at 6:45 pm Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in Room B at the Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library for an update on Computer and Data Security: governmental, financial, cloud storage, and how individuals can manage. Andrew Mayher of the FBI, Cleveland will be the presenter.  Find out about your data privacy and security.

November 5 HHL joins with Northeast, AAUW to co-sponsor an event with education blogger, Jan Resseger. Event begins with Jan at 6:15 pm at Little Mountain Brewery in Mentor, Ohio.  Read more about it here.

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.

Tech Savvy and STEM EducationTechSavvyGirls

Our society tells girls and women that they don’t belong in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. How to girls get this message?  Toys, parents, friends tend to give the message that associate 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 minority women and girls were just a busy and having just as much fun.

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.

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

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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