2016 GRADUATE WINNER
Julia Vadas, our 2016 Graduate Scholarship winner of $3,000.00. Julia ,of Stewartstown, will be entering her second year of study at The University of Pennsylvania in the School of Social Policy and Practice. Julia earned her undergraduate degree at Penn State and has worked for Citizens Schools, Boston, St. Vincent’s Villa, Timonium, MD, and the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. Julia’s goal is to work to improve the status of women, and thus of families, to empower vulnerable populations, and to fight for social justice.
The York Branch has determined that her achievements, ability, and dedication place her in good position to help our society to achieve these critical but elusive goals.
At our May Banquet we hosted three undergraduate scholarship winners of $1,000 each. All three were the first to attend college from their families.
Tune In for Our Panels on How to #StandUptoSexism
AAUW’s new #StandUptoSexism campaign has sparked lively conversation on social media, in the news, and in communities. AAUW and NYU Washington, DC, are convening a series of panel conversations. Join us online or in person and learn how you can fight gender bias. Read more.
Nominate an AAUW Member for a U.S. Postage Stamp
There have been more than a dozen women involved with AAUW who have appeared on postage stamps. Including Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frances Perkins, and Rachel Carson. We’d love to see more AAUW women represented on our nation’s postage stamps — so we’ll be choosing one woman from AAUW’s rich history to nominate for a commemorative stamp. We’ll select the winning nominee to propose to the U.S. Postal Service. Voting closes April 30 at 12 p.m. EST. Read more.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, named after a woman who discovered her employer was paying her less than here male counterparts, is law that ensures fair pay for all Americans. To further advance equal pay, the White House challenged American businesses to take the Equal Pay Pledge. Several U.S. top companies such as Airbnb, Amazon, Staples etc. have come together in support of advancing equal pay. On December 7, 2016, the 44 additional companies including Yahoo, eBay, AT&T etc. signed the pledge.
Earlier this year, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) signed a bipartisan pay equity bill, which prohibits employers from requiring salary history information before receiving a formal job offer.
Other states have followed suit in diminishing this harmful practice. Governor of California, Jerry Brown (D), signed into law a bill saying that salary history can’t be the only reason to point to if a wage discrepancy exists. Legislators in Maryland, Delaware, Utah, and Nebraska also passed equal pay bills in 2016. Red, blue, and purple states are realizing that the pay gap is real and are taking steps to close it.
In 2016, AAUW members were busy at every level of government passing good laws, beating back bad ones, and laying the groundwork for more successes in 2017. Across the country, state legislatures were particularly inclined to work on economics and public finance, health, crime and law enforcement, education, and commerce. Let’s take a look back at the year in statehouses across the country and find out how AAUW public policy priorities fared.
In recognition of November as Native American Heritage Month, there will be a discussion on a series of essays written by Sarah Deer, an advocate for cultural and legal reforms. She has worked to protect Native women from endemic sexual violence and abuse and played a crucial role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.
When : December 1, 2016, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where : Online (You just need to register.)
Learn more and register: http://www.aauw.org/event/2016/12/the-beginning-and-end-of-rape-book-discussion/
Washington D.C remains a hub for cultural enrichment and many sites recognize the hardships and achievements of women throughout history. As you plan to attend the AAUW National Convention in D.C. in in June 2017, consider allotting time to visit and be inspired by the extraordinary efforts of the women immortalized in these sites.
May Banquet installation of York Branch AAUW new officers for 2016-17
Are You Biased against Women Leaders? Take The Test
AAUW has collaborated with Project Implicit and Harvard University researchers to create a test that looks at the mental associations we make between gender and a variety of concepts, many of which affect our beliefs about women in positions of leadership.