Bringing AAUW to Cleveland, Ohio’s East Side

Together, we can achieve a vision of equal opportunity for all.

AAUW HHL is a local group of the national AAUW. Connect with individuals who share your commitment to inclusion on our campuses, in our workplaces and in our communities — and who want to do something about it. Advocating for women and girls since 1881–AAUW.


Reminder: AAUW National Election

Members should vote now. Elect members of the national AAUW Board of Directors and weigh in on changes to the bylaws. Online voting closes 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, May 16, 2022.  Mail-in ballots must be post marked by Friday, April 29, 2022. Read more on the National Election page .

AAUW Ohio Discussion of Hunger

Reserve your space for the online discussion of Roxanne Gay’s book, Hunger.  Discussion begins at 10:00 a.m. May 21, 2022.  Register here through Eventbrite.

Cyber Protection

How do you protect your digital information? How does Windows 11 make your PC more secure than previous versions? Cybersecurity is a demanding profession with constantly changing methods to protect networks and computers. That is why ZipRecruiter reports the average annual pay is now $112,974.  HHL gathers May 25, 2022 at 6:45 to discuss current protection.

The AAUW HHL May 2022 Newsletter brings news of local branch events and AAUW national’s news to you.

Meryl Johnson: A Concept Review of Critical Race Theory

Meryl Johnson reviewed critical race theory in a discussion for AAUW HHL on February 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm. Meryl is serving her second term as an elected member of State Board of Education Ohio , representing District 11.

Missed the discussion? Listen to the recording of Meryl Johnson’s talk here.  The passcode is  09?tDBL+  This recording will expire mid-May.

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders

GET EMPOWERED— This year, AAUW invites hundreds of college women from around the country for three days of virtual leadership training, inspiration and networking May 24 – 26, 2022. Enter the conference as a passionate leader and leave it with the skills and confidence to pursue your goals. The diversity of backgrounds and ideas at NCCWSL is part of what makes it such a transformative experience. The workshops, panels, speakers and activities provide endless opportunities to learn from experts, while peer networking allows you to learn from one another and make lifelong connections.

Register now for discounts. Regular fees range from $40 to $225. Scholarships are available from national and from Ohio.  Visit the website — learn more; register, apply for a scholarship.

AAUW Ohio Convention 2022

AAUW presented its spring convention and annual meeting in hybrid settings, with both in-person and online attendees. The morning panelists spoke about Advancing Women in Leadership: Closing the Leadership Gap.  Jean Droste, former mayor of Circleville; Heather Mason, Senior Director for Sport Performance at The Ohio State University; Andrea Townsend, Director of Career Technical and Special Education for he Greenville Schools; Erin Czerniak, AAUW Ohio’s public policy chair and a communications manager in politics; and Carolyn Seitz, a missionary’s wife and founder of the Lutheran School of the Miami Valley, Ohio comprised the panel. Read more on page 2 of the HHL April newsletter.

The afternoon panel spoke to intersectionality theory and said, we need to center the voices of those who have historically been marginalized and listen to those voices. Presenting online from Bowling Green University were Dr. Elizabeth G Holman, Dr. Laura Landry Meyer, Ms. Naykishia Darby Head, and Dr. Susan Peet. Becky Chambers mentioned one practical way to reach a diverse membership is to talk with those who look different from our majority.

Branch awards were presented and officers elected to serve two-year terms beginning July 1. President Mickey Radtkin, Program Vice President Naykishia Head, Co-Membership Vice Presidents Deborah Wooldridge and Nancy Stellhorn, Fundraising Vice President Adrienne Knight, Secretary Debby Stein, and Finance Officer Jana Patchen.

New Research about Women at Elite Universities

Known for its research, AAUW and Eos release new report, The Women’s Power Gap at Elite Universities: Scaling the Ivory Tower analyzes gender, racial and ethnic representation in top leadership roles—presidents, provosts, board chair, academic deans, presidents’ cabinets and governing boards.  New data shows that despite comparable experience and desire to lead, women are often overlooked for leadership roles. Scaling the Ivory Tower outlines solutions including a call to change mandatory reporting on diversity for boards of trustees/regents, among many other recommendations.  Read the full report here from AAUW National’s website.

AAUW Responds to Supreme Court Ruling

The following is a statement from Kate Nielson, AAUW’s Senior Director of Public Policy, Legal Advocacy, & Research:

“AAUW strongly condemns the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to suspend implementation of a dangerous Texas law that would virtually strip individuals of their well-established, Constitutional right to control their bodies and erode their economic security. The nation’s highest court is enabling a vicious system of vigilante lawsuits that aims to turn citizens against one another in furtherance of the most extreme anti-choice agenda. This ruling, which bypasses Constitutional review, effectively abolishes a pregnant person’s ability to make personal choices. Curtailing reproductive rights is a seismic affront to all Americans and AAUW vows to ferociously fight to ensure quality, affordable, and accessible health care for all.”

AAUW Ohio Discussions Continue in May

Join the next book discussion on May 21, 2022. The book is Hunger: A Memoir of My Body by Roxane Gay.

Ohio Education Funding: A Call to Action

HHL joined the Heights Coalition for Public Education in discussions of Derek W. Black’s book Schoolhouse Burning : Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy. Black contends that the current attack on public education threatens democracy itself.  Discussions 1 and 2 covered the history of public education, the Civil Rights Era and the backlash that followed the landmark Brown v. Board of Education. Discussion 3 looked to action.  Where do we go from here to move Ohio to provide a fair and equal funding for public education?

Meryl Johnson Champion of Children

Ohio State Board of Education member and CMSD retired teacher, Meryl Johnson has been named 2021 Champion of Children. HHL salutes Meryl, one of our branch members.

Stand with Us

AAUW empowers you and helps you take a stand. We do the research to back up what we say. The American Association of University Women–taking a stand since 1881. Whether you follow the Equity Network or join a local branch you can Stand with us. HHL brings AAUW to the east side of Cleveland, Ohio. We welcome you to join us or support us.

Ohio News

Get Ohio news at AAUW Ohio‘s website and their Facebook page.

Membership Dues Payment for 22-23 Opens Soon

National AAUW has just rolled out its new website.  Online payment is secure and fast. News about the renewal/ join date will be published here during April 2022.

Join with us.  What a great way to help women achieve equity in education, economic security, and leadership positions.

If you want to join now, you may mail a check, use the Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst Branch HHL BRANCH MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION   Join us to make an impact.

Work Smart Teaches Negotiating Skills

Learn To Negotiate: Work Smart Online Is Free

Did you know that 57 percent of men try to negotiate their salary but only 7 percent of women do?  Wait! Did you say 93% of women do not negotiate their salary package?  AAUW thinks that should change.

Use AAUW Work Smart Online — created as a free salary negotiation course to help women earn the pay they deserve, Work Smart teaches how to negotiate for your positions such as economic security later in life or staying in your home vs moving.!

This easy, engaging e-tool will teach you . . . . Read more on our Family Life Issues page This is not a woman’s issue; it’s a family issue for families of one or many.

A Good Read – Do It Now

This story is fun to read. Catch it while it’s still online at the national site. Katie Wynn’s negotiating skills were sharpened by AAUW’s Work Smart Online.

Training 10 million women in salary negotiation is central to AAUW’s goal of closing the gender pay gap by 2030. AAUW offers both paid, in-person workshops and the free, online workbook for negotiation. Try Work Smart Online today. More than just reading or listening, this course guides you through preparing and practicing to negotiate your salary and benefits package. Try Work Smart Online today.

Ohio’s Legislators Get Grades

The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network has released its scorecard for how well the last Ohio legislative session measured on advancing policies that lead to equity for women and girls.  Read the WPPN’s Legislative Scorecard today; be ready to make your voice known to your legislator now and at voting time. Too much trouble? Use AAUW’s online Two-Minute Activist.

Speaking Out

Your advocacy is needed to protect and extend equal rights. If it were easy to call or write your members of Congress wouldn’t you do it? AAUW’s Two Minute Activist makes it easy to do just that.  All it takes is two minutes and an internet connection. To sign up on our national website; click here.  We work hard for equity for women and girls and civil rights.  Our Two-Minute Activist has gone mobile. Check out the app for your phone. Details are available here at our national website. Or, members: respond to the emails national sends to ask AAUW to make their voices heard to their representatives.

Where We Stand on Title IX and Compliance

Title IX is not just about athletics.   Title IX covers access to course offerings and financial assistance and much more. It mandates that each school have a Title IX compliance officer.  Read more on our Title IX advocacy page and get the Department of Education Title IX compliance resources.

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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. Read the Annual Report 2019.

AAUW’s Diversity Policy
In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks an inclusive membership, workforce, leadership team, and board of directors. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, geographical location, national origin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.