IT’S MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL TIME!!
It’s that time of year again! Spring has sprung and that means it’s time to renew your Branch membership. Please don’t wait to click on the link below to go directly to the renewal form and follow the directions. Even though AAUW National has increased its dues, our Branch dues remain unchanged.
We’ve accomplished so much this year under challenging circumstances. Our Public Policy team championed a bill in the Oregon Legislature to require diversity on corporate boards, we raised over $20,000 for scholarships, and our interest groups found was to connect. We have big plans for next year, including a hope for in-person meetings starting in September, the Celebration of Scholars, the Upscale Sale, and more interesting programs. You don’t want to miss it! We got through this year together, so let’s stay together!
AAUW NATIONAL ELECTION
AAUW National asked members to vote on two items in addition to electing a Board of Directors:
- Bylaws Amendment on Open Membership. This change would eliminate the membership requirement of holding a college degree, associates or higher, and open membership to any “individual who supports the AAUW mission.” The change would also eliminate student memberships.
- Changes to Public Policy Priorities. AAUW members vote every two years on revisions to our Public Policy Priorities. This year, the proposed changes are:
- Refinement and added specificity regarding AAUW’s commitment to addressing systemic racism
- Refinement of our commitment to equitable access to higher education for all
- Emphasis on the importance of high-quality data collection
AAUW’s public policy priorities were approved by 92% of those members voting. The board-recommended ballet initiative to remove the college-degree membership requirement did not receive the required two-thirds (66.6%) of the vote required to make bylaw changes. The vote in favor of the bylaw change was 63%, a significant increase over previous votes, which hovered around 50%.
Diversity on Corporate Boards – HB 3110
Oregon is joining the national trend, along with 12 other states, that have passed or are considering passage of legislation mandating women and underrepresented people on corporate boards. California led this effort beginning 2013 and in 2020 passed its most recent law requiring that corporate boards include at least one director from an underrepresented community.
AAUW of Oregon is the lead organization advocating for diversity on boards here in Oregon.
“There are women and people from underrepresented communities on boards but not enough,” said Trish Garner, state public policy chair for American Association of University Women of Oregon, the group pushing the proposal. “And we want to make sure that any corporate board member in that category isn’t a lone ranger and that their advice is truly valued. By building greater numbers, that advice will be heard.”
—Portland Business Journal, February 2, 2021
HB 3110 is now moving through the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session. If passed into law, both women and underrepresented people will be included on the boards of all publicly traded corporations headquartered in Oregon.
Go to legiscan.com/OR/bill/HB3110/2021 for details. For the Women on Boards Report drafted by our Branch’s Public Policy team, click here.
GUIDANCE ON IN-PERSON MEETINGS
We know many of you are eager to meet in person again. AAUW Ashland will continue to meet virtually for Branch and Board meetings until summer. If you plan to meet as an interest group or committee, we request that you follow Jackson County Guidelines and keep current with the recommendations as they evolve. If all attendees are not fully vaccine immune, masks and social distancing are still important.