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Celebration of Scholars Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Celebration of Scholars:Our Future Leaders

The Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:00 – 9:00 PM Program will begin promptly at 6:00pm in the Rogue River Room in Stevenson Union on the SOU Campus

Please join us as AAUW Ashland honors the accomplishments of outstanding women students from Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College. We welcome you to be a part of this special event that champion’s higher education for women!

Wine & Hors D’oeuvres Reception Following Ceremony – at approximately 7:30pm so for those who get peckish you may want to snack on something before you come to this event.

Clothesline Project at SOU

Thanks to Paula Wiiken, Kathy Brandon and Mimi Pippel for decorating shirts to use for our Clothesline Project display at Southern Oregon University.  This project is to represent members whose lives have been affected by sexual assault.  Our shirts are hung on a clothesline strung between two trees outside of Stevenson Union on the right just before you get to the quad. They were hung as a testimony to the problem of sexual violence.  We will leave them up today and through tomorrow in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Tomorrow, April 28, 2017  is the annual Take Back the Night march. Please join us at any or all of the following activities.

STEVENSON UNION DIVERSIONS ROOM (where we hold our branch meetings)

12:30-2:30pm: Film Screening: Yeah Maybe No

4:00pm: Workshop: Supporting Survivors Through Storytelling

5:00pm: Survivor Circle

RAIDER VILLAGE QUAD

7:00pm: Glow Yoga

7:30pm: Keynote Speaker: Nikkita Oliver

8:15pm: Take Back the Night March + Rally

 

SAAM Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and there will be activities on college campuses all over the country as we continue the struggle to eliminate this epidemic. Each year one in five women are victims of sexual assault on college campuses all over the country. This is a statistic we cannot ignore.

The SOU Women’s Resource Center is planning all kinds of events. 

The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread worldwide.

So this year our branch is going to assist with this project. We will be joining Community Works in putting up our own clothesline outside the student union building (Stevenson Hall) at SOU from April 26 through the 28th. I will be coordinating a t-shirt decorating party at my home in April. If you are interested in working on this please let me know. All you have to provide is an old shirt and your creativity. Let’s fill up these clotheslines!

AAUW Raises Awareness for Equal Pay

On Tuesday, April 4, eighteen AAUW Ashland Members rallied at The Plaza from 12n to 1pm wearing their Equal Pay t-shirts and waiving signs.  Mayor Stromberg even joined us (briefly).  Tuesday, April 4, 2017 symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the  previous year. Stay Strong – We Will Prevail!

College/University Partnership Calendar

We have four Southern Oregon University (SOU) students who will be attending the National College Conference for Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) May 31 – June 3, 2017 at the University of Maryland, College Park. For the second year in a row, our branch has provided a scholarship for one student. AAUW of Oregon awards two scholarships each year and one of our students received one of them. And we are all trying to assist the other two women in their fundraising efforts so they can attend as well.

At NCCWSL, attendees will

  • Develop and strengthen their leadership and professional aptitude through voice, skill set, and mind-set
  • Know how, why, and when to take action
  • Gain a better understanding of issues and policies affecting women and of AAUW’s role in empowering women
  • Own their personal identities and learn new ways to increase and support diverse voices

So, if you like the idea of our students going to this conference and if you like pizza, here’s how you can help:

On Monday, April 10 Northwest Pizza & Pasta Co is contributing ten percent of all orders to our students so they can attend this conference. Please go to Northwest Pizza & Pasta Co at 1585 Siskiyou Blvd or call for delivery at (541) 488-2080 on April 10 and don’t forget to tell all your friends!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and there will be activities on college campuses all over the country as we continue the struggle to eliminate this epidemic. Each year one in five women are victims of sexual assault on college campuses all over the country. This is a statistic we cannot ignore.

The SOU Women’s Resource Center is planning all kinds of events. 

The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread worldwide.

So this year our branch is going to assist with this project. We will be joining Community Works in putting up our own clothesline outside the student union building (Stevenson Hall) at SOU from April 26 through the 28th. I will be coordinating a t-shirt decorating party at my home in April. If you are interested in working on this please let me know. All you have to provide is an old shirt and your creativity. Let’s fill up these clotheslines!

MARCH 8 – DAY WITHOUT A WOMAN

On March 8, AAUW will stand in solidarity with the millions of women across the country and around the world committed to advancing gender equality. Whether by observing International Women’s Day, participating in the “day without a woman” general strike, or taking action to advance policies that empower women and girls, AAUW members will observe March 8 not as a day off but as a “day on.” Women cannot afford to wait for equality, and it won’t happen without our mobilized action.

For more than 135 years AAUW has advanced equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Whether by advocating legislative change, making their voices heard on social media, or taking to the streets in their communities, on March 8 AAUW members across the country will do their part to raise awareness and take action to improve the lives of all women and girls.

Lobby Day in Salem

The 2017 AAUW of OR Lobby Day was a great day.  We had over 60 AAUW members attend the event, plus members of the Oregon Commission on Women, including Commissioner Dr. Doris Cancel-Tirado, Commissioner Nikki Fisher, Advocacy Commissions Administrator Lucy Baker and the Commissions intern Ty Schwoeffermann.  Thanks go to Claire Berger for working hard on organizing the event, and Penny Hoodenpyle (Hillsboro / Forest Grove) stepped up as well by greeting and checking in attendees as they arrived.
Special kudos go to these Branches: Ashland and Lake Oswego which each fielded 13 AAUW members, and Hillsboro / Forest Grove with 7.  Not only did these Lobby Day attendees get a chance to mingle with their counterparts throughout the state, but these branches were able to socialize and discuss Public Policy as well.
House Democratic Leader Jennifer Williamson kicked off Lobby Day.  She expressed her gratitude for our being there, and being there with such a large group.  She promised that she would do all she could to get a Fair Pay bill passed.  Newly minted, or as she said, “newbie” Representative Pam Marsh (District 5 – Ashland) echoed these words.  It is clear that there is a lot to do in order to get oriented to being a legislator, but it looks as if Rep Marsh is well on her way.
We also heard information about how budgets are prepared, and the process is far more complex — and fluid — than we might have imagined.  The topic might initially have sounded somewhat boring, but the presenters did an amazing job and all of us felt we left Lobby Day just a little wiser.
The absolute hit of the 2017 Lobby Day took place at the end of the day.  The Ashland and Hillsboro / Forest Hills Branch gave presentations about what they have done to encourage participation in AAUW of OR Public Policy.  And they have done a lot!  Claire Berger spoke about having members bring in their laptops and AAUW member numbers (need both) to Branch meetings and having members sign up for the 2-Minute Activist Action Alert Network right then and there.  She also referred us to the post-Woman’s March program organized around doing 10 ” Hear Our Voice,” pro-woman actions in 100 days.  We can do that too!  Ashland presenters Mimi Pippel and Phyllis Fernlund presented a brochure they had prepared about Lobby Day and AAUW of OR Public Policy. It is attached below and I strongly encourage you to take a look at it.  You might want to print one up for your Branch.  They also spoke of the effectiveness of having some informal coffees with groups within the Branch to discuss Public Policy and Lobby Day.  Given the numbers of members who attended Lobby Day, they are clearly doing something (a lot!) right.
Following the Ashland and Hillsboro/Forest Grove presentations, we discussed what Branches can do to encourage participation in AAUW of OR Public Policy. While Lobby Day attendees came and went as they visited their Representatives, a lively and informative discussion continued.  There were many ideas, and we anticipate continuing the discussion at Convention April 21-23. I will be speaking about our Public Policy at the Sunday luncheon, but I’m thinking of an informal meet up before then.  More on that to come!!  Please let me know if you have any suggestions.
Report from Trish Garner – State AAUW Public Policy Chair

The Feb. 11th Branch Meeting- More than Valentine Cookies

When people ask you what AAUW is, what do you tell them? The acronym AAUW stands for “American Association of University Women,” but then what do you say? Do you tell them we are a group of concerned women who meet each month to discuss issues that affect all women or that we raise money for scholarships for young women to attend college? Maybe you describe our branch by telling people about our mission, “Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research,” but I think our organization is about much more than this. That is why our team has worked so hard to design a website that we can all be proud of, and we want to take you on a tour of this wonderful tool that you have at your fingertips. In addition to having the most up-to-date information on everything we are doing now, you will find a complete history of how we have worked for eighty years to improve women’s lives in Ashland. We will also provide a close look at the AAUW National website, and you will not believe what a wealth of knowledge it contains!

Established in 1881,15 alumnae from eight colleges met in Boston to create an organization for women college graduates to find greater opportunities to use their education and to enable other women to attend college. AAUW has since grown to become one of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for women college graduates. Every year they provide $3.5 to 4 million in fellowships, grants, and awards for women and for community action projects.

The AAUW Foundation also funds pioneering research on women, girls, and education.

There is much more to learn about this wonderful organization and its inspiring work on behalf of women all over the world, but if you want to know what
 that is, you’ll just have to show up at our branch meeting on Saturday, February 11 at 9:30 am. But “where is this meeting going to be,” you ask? Look it up on our website. Just kidding! It will be in
 the Diversions Room of the Stevenson Union. Bring your laptop, iPad, or smart phone and follow along with us. We’ll have members on hand to assist you and Valentine cookies because we love you! ♥

When: Saturday, February 11 9:30 am social time

10 am program

Where: SOU Stevenson Union Diversions Room

We Will Not Get Over It! It’s Personal!

Where do we go from here? I’ve been asking myself this since the election. Apparently the glass ceiling we thought we were breaking by electing our first female president is not made of glass, it’s made of concrete and we’ve been using the wrong tools.

We all know men (and women!) who feel threatened or insecure by strong female figures. We’ve watched the way this country has disrespected President Obama and the efforts he has made to advance women’s rights over the last eight years. The level of animosity towards women is higher than ever and I believe war was declared on us on November 8th. I will not “get over it”. I’m taking it personally.

So, what can we do? We’ve been educating ourselves – women are earning the majority of high level degrees from universities and there are more women in the workforce today than ever. In the past five years 30,000 cases of sex discrimination have been settled in our favor. So what is it?

Well, the AAUW (American Association of University Women) in collaboration with Harvard University and Project Implicit has created an online test. This test has determined that one key obstacle to women’s leadership is unconscious or implicit bias, which can cloud judgement in ways people are not even aware of. Go online and take this test. You’ll be surprised at the results!

So, you may ask,”What do we do with this information?” The first thing is to acknowledge our own bias’s so we can recognize them in others because we all know that KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

In addition to educating ourselves we need to be pursuing degrees in higher paying fields, jobs that are usually held by men. We need to negotiate higher salaries for ourselves. We need to deluge our legislators with our message of fair pay and parental leave. A draft of the proposed fair pay amendment is available for you to see on our website. Just google AAUW Ashland and you will see it as well as a link to the Barriers and Bias Implicit test. AAUW Ashland (with a membership of 175 women) is going to Salem on February 15 to lobby for these rights.

So when you leave here today please take these thoughts with you. This is war! We will not get over it! It’s personal!