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AAUW celebrates its 130th anniversary

Friday, January 11, 2013

AAUW (American Association of University Women) is celebrating its 130th anniversary during the month of January. An organization with its roots in a gathering of 17 women in the 1880s AAUW now is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with more than 150, 000 members and supporters, 1,000 local chapters, and 700 college and university partners across the United States. Storm Lake has a local chapter and Buena Vista University is a college and university partner with the chapter.

AAUW is committed to advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research by breaking through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. Among the priority issues AAUW engages are concerns such as fair pay, access to preventative healthcare for women, voter education and engagement, sexual harassment at work and school, student debt, and the lack of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and in public office.

Numerous publications and resources are available such as work entitled "Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation," "Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School," and "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics." Other resources provide learning tools such as the $tart $mart Salary Negotiation workshops, which teach college women how to negotiate fair salaries and benefits, and It's My Vote: I Will Be Heard, a program targeted at millennial women by using cutting-edge social media tactics to register voters, host candidate and issues forums, and provide vital information to voters.

Actively engaged in legal advocacy, AAUW's Campus Outreach Program Grants awarded across the country allow programs on local campuses to focus on issues such as pay equity, dating violence, Title IX and athletics, and gender discrimination in the workplace. Legal advocacy also supported a number of court cases devoted to eradicating inequity at all levels of within education and the workplace.

AAUW offers a robust fellowship and grant program awarding 4.3 million dollars in support of 278 women at various stages of their professional and academic careers this year through helping to fund research projects, baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate education costs, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls.

Membership in AAUW is open to all men and women who hold an Associate's degree or higher. Anyone wishing information about the Storm Lake Branch of AAUW may contact Co-Presidents, Christy Horpedahl at christyhorpedahl@gmail.com or Mary Gill at gill@bvu.eu or 732-4283.



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