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AAUW FUNDS UPDATE

  Information received in the Fourth Quarter AAUW Funds Report indicated that branches and members in Michigan contributed $94,698.11 to the various funds in 2016.  You may note that this is a little higher than the preliminary amount that was … Read More

NCCWSL- May 31 – June 3, 2017

REGISTRATION CLOSES FEBRUARY 28 NCCWSL: May 31 – June 3, 2017   Early Bird Registration and National Scholarship Applications close February 28 Regular Registration continues through April 30 Visit www.nccwsl.org for more information about the conference, schedule, registration, and national scholarship application … Read More

Building Career Opportunities for Women and People of Color: Breakthroughs in Construction

On December 8, the Women’s Bureau hosted a discussion in conjunction with the release of a new report titled “Building Career Opportunities for Women and People of Color: Breakthroughs in Construction.” Participants included representatives from Jobs with Justice Education Fund … Read More

Capitol Update

  Capitol Update By Mary Pollock AAUW of Michigan Government Relations Coordinator With the Flint Water Crisis and Detroit Public School potential bankruptcy looming large, the Michigan Legislature and Governor’s office continued the traditional February through June emphasis on the … Read More

Chart – Women On Banknotes Are A Rarity ǀ Statista

Niall McCarthy Data Journalist *protected email*+49 (40) 4134 989 17   The US Treasury recently announced that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill and she will become the first woman featured on US paper currency. Just … Read More

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) – ONE OF LIFE’S IMPERATIVES

For the past two years I have had the opportunity to attend NCCWSL, the first time as an active observer, and the second as an Elect Her alumna.  I attained the latter position because of a promise I agreed to … Read More

ABC’s New President Channing Dungey Is The First Black Person To Lead A Major Network

Channing Dungey helped launch shows like “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Nashville.” Source: ABC’s New President Channing Dungey Is The First Black Person To Lead A Major Network Leader of breakthrough programming, Ms. Channing is breaking through … Read More

Fair Michigan Ends 2016 Ballot Initiative Campaign – Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 29, 2015 Contact: Sara Wurfel, Truscott Rossman *protected email* 517-599-3470 (c), 517-487-9320 (o)     Fair Michigan Ends 2016 Ballot Initiative Campaign Initiative to End Job Discrimination Suspended   LANSING—Fair Michigan will not be moving forward … Read More

Statista – Chart of the Day

http://www.statista.com/chart/4279/the-gender-pay-gap-in-developed-nations-visualised/ Women still earn less money than men in most developed countries around the world. The gender pay gap is measured as the difference between male and female earnings as a percentage of male earnings. It is most pronounced in … Read More

Mary Pollock, Government Relations Coordinator Report, January 2016

By the close of the 2015 legislative session, 5,205 House bills and 658 Senate bills were introduced plus several dozen constitutional amendments and many other resolutions. I am following over 300 bills or resolutions related to AAUW’s 2015 – 2017 … Read More

Escanaba Area Branch will Host a Book Night on February 23rd

The Escanaba Area Branch of AAUW will host a Book Night discussion about the Equal Rights Amendment on February 23, beginning at 7:00 at the home of Kathleen Bennett.  Program Vice President Bennett (left) and Branch President Margaret Carignan are shown previewing the selected … Read More

Equal Pay Presentation Held in Albion

“The pay gap is real,” noted Susan Conner, retired provost and professor of history at Albion College, as she introduced “I’m worth it: the simple truth about the gender pay gap and what we can do about it.” She was … Read More

Advertising Opportunities!

Greetings AAUW Branch Presidents, AAUW of Michigan invites your branch to advertise in the annual Convention Program Book.  Honor or congratulate an award winner, highlight your branch activities, or even advertise your own business.  Attached is the AAUW Convention Book Branch Ad Submission Form.   Please forward or make this form … Read More

Here’s why $7 billion didn’t help America’s worst schools – POLITICO

2009, the Obama administration saw a chance to tackle a problem that had bedeviled educators for decades.
“Our goal is to turn around the 5,000 lowest-performing schools over the next five years, as part of our overall strategy for dramatically reducing the dropout rate, improving high school graduation rates and increasing the number of students who graduate prepared for success in college and the workplace,” said Arne Duncan, the administration’s new secretary of education in August of that year.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/failing-schools-education-white-house-214332#ixzz3uJ3Vt8Ej

#YesSheCan: White House announces $100 million initiative to support women, girls of color

Source: #YesSheCan: White House announces $100 million initiative to support women, girls of color What are the challenges facing women and girls of color? In an unprecedented move, the Obama White House is holding a summit on improving the conditions … Read More

Michigan awards $500k in campus sexual assault prevention grants; See which colleges got funding | MLive.com

Michigan is awarding $500,000 in grant money to help 22 universities, colleges and community colleges implement new strategies to fight campus sexual assault, First Lady Sue Snyder announced Wednesday. Source: Michigan awards $500k in campus sexual assault prevention grants; See … Read More

Govt. Relations Coordinator Report on 98th MI Legislature

Report on 98th Michigan Legislature  Mary Pollock, Government Relations Coordinator – October 23, 2015 The November 2014 election produced a more conservative Michigan Legislature with over one-third first term legislators due to term limits. In the 110-member House, there are … Read More

Enough SAID shines harsh light on rape of black women

“Nearly  81 percent  of Detroit’s rape victims are African American. These are our daughters, our sisters, our mothers, our neighbors, our cousins, our, friends.”  I am one of them.  READ MORE>> The Enough SAID African American 490 Leaders Challenge are … Read More

Oakland County Dems Unveil Blueprint for Michigan’s Families | housedems.com

SOUTHFIELD — Oakland County Democrats in the state House and Senate announced a defining package of bills today to strengthen Michigan’s middle class and reverse one of the largest tax shifts in Michigan history. Called the Blueprint for Michigan’s Families, … Read More

Awareness + Action = Social Change: Why racial justice matters in the prevention equation

We are committed to engaging in domestic violence prevention through a racial justice framework. Source: Awareness + Action = Social Change: Why racial justice matters in the prevention equation Janet Watkins is a past president of AAUW of Michigan. She currently … Read More

Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee in opposition to HB 4787 and HB 4830

AAUW of Michigan Facebook added 3 new photos. Published by Mary Pollock · September 22  AAUW of Michigan testified today at the Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee in opposition to HB 4787 and HB 4830 which would criminalize something vaguely … Read More

U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) – OFCCP Announces a Final Rule to Promote Pay Transparency

US Department of Labor: OFCCP’s mission is to enhance the welfare and protect the rights of American workers by enforcing employment laws. In too many workplaces around the country, women and people of color don’t know what their counterparts are … Read More

Michigan State University Agrees to Change Its Response to Complaints of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence | U.S. Department of Education

  SEPTEMBER 1, 2015   Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576, *protected email*   The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today that it has resolved its investigation of two sexual violence complaints filed against Michigan State … Read More

The Pay Gap Is Even Worse for Black Women, and That’s Everyone’s Problem : AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

Would you like to work seven extra months for free just to earn the same paycheck as your male co-workers? We didn’t think so. Unfortunately, if you’re a black woman in the United States, that’s a likely reality. Read more … Read More

The Fight against Campus Sexual Assault Gets Boost from Its Recent Spotlight and Advocacy Efforts : AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

In the last year colleges and universities have worked to better prevent and respond to campus sexual assault, and the momentum continues to build amid White House attention, implementation of a new law, and ongoing high-profile rape and sexual assault … Read More

Legislative Tactic Could Revoke Paid Sick Days, Minimum Wage, and Other Laws Helping Women : AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

Many states are passing “preemption bills” that threaten existing legislation upholding AAUW policy issues like equal pay provisions, minimum wage increases, paid sick days, and LGBT safeguards. Read more »  

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