Welcome to the Saint Louis (MO) Branch of AAUW!

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May 21, 2022 – Noon
Annual Meeting and Lunch in the Park

We are planning a number of fun activities – some icebreaker games, lots of sharing time, a presentation on our top projects this year, and a celebration of our 2022 Barbara Lackritz Honoree, Susan Barley.  A salad lunch is being organized.  The cost is $10 per person.  A lunch count is needed by May 19th.  For directions and reservations, contact barley702@gmail.com.

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You are invited to attend our AAUW St. Louis Branch program:

Here’s an important reminder for our Thursday, March 24th program.  It’s in TWO Parts!  You must register for the national webinar (Part ONE) and you will receive Zoom information for that.  Our St. Louis Branch discussion is Part TWO.  It is a separate Zoom meeting. Information is given below for Part TWO.

PART ONE

Thursday – March 24th, 6 pm CDT

Intersectionality – AAUW National diversity, equity, and inclusion webinar, approximately one hourSt. Louis Branch discussion afterward

Program Description:

By understanding the dimensions of diversity and how they intersect, we can begin to understand the complex and cumulative impact of discrimination and oppression.  In this webinar, participants will learn about intersectionality as well as how to create branch or state programming for members on this concept.

Registration is required. To register, go to:   https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zi7BNoYhSh-muyKlpmrqxA

For more information, go to:
https://www.aauw.org/resources/member/governance-tools/dei-toolkit/

PART TWO

St. Louis Branch discussion will be a separate Zoom meeting starting at the end of the webinar, at about 7:00 pm.

Our St. Louis Branch members will log out of the national webinar and immediately join a St. Louis Branch discussion (Zoom info below).  We will debrief our experience in the webinar and discuss the following questions:

  • After attending this webinar, what does intersectionality mean to you?
  • Did the program change your understanding of your own identity and experiences?
  • Does this webinar give us direction in how to conduct our branch activities?

Topic: AAUW Intersectionality Discussion – Branch Follow Up

Time: March 24, 2022, 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:  Contact Ellen at ironnew@msn.com for a link.

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AAUW San Juan (PR) Branch Invites AAUW St. Louis

on March 21, 2022 – 6:30 pm CST

to a program on Afghan refugees and their resettlement, from the 1980’s to current times.  Speakers are Linda Lindsey from AAUW St. Louis and Susan Rodriguez of AAUW San Juan.  Linda was in Pakistan while refugees were dealing with the Russians in the 80’s and is now working with a St. Louis family.  Susan was serving in the US Army in Afghanistan and has dealt with families.

A Zoom link will be provided closer to the meeting date.

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Gender Pay Equity:
Updates and St. Louis City Actions 
Sunday, February 20, 2022,
2 pm – via Zoom

Despite civil rights laws and advancements in women’s economic status, workplace discrimination still persists.  As AAUW’s report The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap explains, the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau once again revealed that women working full-time, year-round are on average paid only 83 cents for every dollar paid to men.  But there is some good news. There are gains in awareness and individual success stories, and some advancements have been occurring at the local level.

Come hear a panel presentation on:                   

  • Updates on the status of gender pay equity, the national Paycheck Fairness Act, bans on asking salary history questions nation-wide, and the current focus of AAUW MO public policy and pay equity advocacy. Presented by Ellen Irons
  • Updates and progress in the City of St. Louis – passage of ORDINANCE 71095 regarding salary history questions during interviews, changes in the city’s personnel department and transparency, and planned action for AAUW St. Louis to meet with Mayor Jones on gender pay equity issues. Presented by Kathleen Farrell and Jan Scott

Contact Ellen Irons ironnew82@gmail.com  for questions.

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NEW TIME (see below).  It’s been nearly one year since armed right-wing militants attacked our Capitol and tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election.  Since that time, the same faction that attacked our country on January 6th is hard at work silencing our voices by restricting our freedom to vote, attacking fair voting districts, and quietly preparing future attempts to sabotage free and fair elections and – with it – our democracy.

Missouri lawmakers are returning to Jefferson City to take up legislation that would undermine our freedom to vote.  We must not forget what happened – and we must demand action from our leaders to prevent further attacks on our democracy.

So this January 6, 2022, AAUW MO is proud to join advocates in marking the Jan. 6 anniversary with Vigils for Democracy. The promise of democracy is not a partisan issue but a calling that unites us as Americans and Missourians.  Coming together, we can prevent another January 6th attack and realize the promise of democracy for all of us – no matter our color, zip code, or income – so we all have an equal say in the decisions that shape our daily lives and futures.

We hope you’ll join us on Jan. 6 for our Vigils.  Find a Missouri event near you on Jan. 6!

Join Us on January 6th

St.Louis Democracy Vigil:
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Brentwood Boulevard and Eager Road (in            front of the fountain)

Columbia Democracy Vigil:
5pm-6pm
Boone County Courthouse
Columbia, MO

Kansas City Democracy Vigil:
4:30-5:30 pm
Martin Luther King Park
Kansas City, Mo

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Women typically are paid less than 80 percent of what men are paid – less for women of color. Use AAUW’s free Work Smart online workshop (https://salary.aauw.org/) to learn how to ask for more.

We break through barriers for women and girls!

The American Association of University Women  (AAUW), founded in 1881, is an organization of more than 170,000 members and supporters, open to graduates who hold the associate, baccalaureate, or higher degree from a qualified college or university. The St. Louis Branch, founded in 1893, is one of five branches in the St. Louis area.  Other branches may be found at https://stlouis-ibc.aauw.net/

AAUW’s mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

Branch Meetings

Members have been getting together on the second Tuesday each month to discuss plans and possible projects for the branch.  These meetings have been held at 5:30 p.m. at The Pasta House on Delmar at Bonhomme in University City.  However, during Covid-19 restrictions, we meet via Zoom.  Ellen Irons has been issuing e-mail notices to members.  Please join us.  Contact Ellen for the Zoom link. We welcome ideas for activities and events. If you have a recommendation for a different meeting place, please let us know.

To see what our branch has been doing, click on About Us > Newsletters
and Programs and Events.

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AAUW St. Louis has a movie group.  Members watch a designated movie and then discuss it via Zoom.  All but one of our movies have been available on Netflix (in case you want to see some good movies):  My Octopus Teacher, The Social Dilemma, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Dig, Penguin Bloom, The Trial of the Chicago Seven, Audrey, Philomena, The Zookeeper’s Wife, The Best of Enemies, Radium GirlsThousand Pieces of Gold, Te Ata, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  We range from 5 to 9 members participating.  All are welcome!


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