Welcome to AAUW Midland (MI) Branch, Inc.!

 Mission: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

About AAUW

The AAUW Midland (MI) Branch, Inc. was established in 1934.  It is comprised of approximately 100 members from Midland and the surrounding area who come together to work on philanthropic projects as well as on topics of mutual interest. The branch holds General Meetings that are open to the public.

The AAUW Midland Branch, Inc. is on Facebook____________________________________________________________________

Make Friends and Make a Difference with AAUW!

Consider joining the Midland Branch of AAUW!   If you join at a public event (such as one of our general meetings or at our Used Book Sale) you will receive 50 percent off our national dues.  Enjoy this nice incentive as you become part of an organization that supports women and provides many opportunities for personal growth and camaraderie.


Upcoming Branch Events and Programs 

(Click on the links below or on the corresponding date on the calendar on the right for details. If you would like further information about any of our programs, please write to aauwmidland@gmail.com


  • The AAUW Midland Branch, Inc. Fall Used Book Sale will be September 28, 29, 30, 2018 at the Midland Mall. Check back in mid to late August for the locations of the donation barrels and for more information about our Used Book Sale!

Past Events and Programs

  • Spring Luncheon – May 17, 2018. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. – Lunch at 12:00 p.m. Midland Country Club, 1120 W. St. Andrews, Midland, MI.
  • The 2018 Spring Used Book Sale Was a Great Success!
    Thank You from the AAUW Midland Branch to all those who helped make our 2018 Spring Used Book Sale a great success! Your generous support allows our Branch to fund educational projects in the community and to offer scholarships for women at the local and national level. Unsold books were donated to various area nursing homes and nonprofit organizations. We are very grateful to the community for its support over the years!
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work Rally in Lansing (April 10, 2018) – Click to see ABC 12 coverage and interviews.

AAUW National Highlights 

2018 AAUW National Bylaws Amendment Vote Results.

AAUW members vote for critical changes to the bylaws. Cast your ballot now in the 2018 AAUW national bylaws amendment vote.

AAUW members vote for critical changes to the bylaws. Cast your ballot now in the 2018 AAUW national bylaws amendment vote.

Thank you for participating in the 2018 AAUW National Bylaws Amendment vote. We had a great turnout this year with over 17 percent of eligible members participating in the vote, more than three times the 5 percent required by our bylaws. Thank you for making your voice matter on these important issues.
Read More.

 

Still Separate, Still Unequal: The Role of Black Women and Girls in the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education
More than sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, in which the Supreme Court ruled that state laws segregating schools were unconstitutional, schools are more segregated than they were in 1968 (approximately 75 percent of black students attend racially segregated schools), and black girls have suffered greatly as a result. Read More.

Know Your Rights: The Equal Pay Act
Despite the passage of the EPA 55 years ago, women still do not take home wages equal to those of their male peers. If you’re concerned that you may be a victim of sex-based pay discrimination, or if you just want to know more about how the EPA works, this resource covers the basic information to get you started. Read More

AAUW members Minnie Miles (front row, fourth from right) and Reps. Edith Green (left of president, in white suit), Martha Griffiths (second from right), and Julia Hansen (far right) with President John F. Kennedy as he signs the Equal Pay Act into law on June 10, 1963. CREDIT: Abbie Rowe, White House Photographs. Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

AAUW members Minnie Miles (front row, fourth from right) and Reps. Edith Green (left of president, in white suit), Martha Griffiths (second from right), and Julia Hansen (far right) with President John F. Kennedy as he signs the Equal Pay Act into law on June 10, 1963. CREDIT: Abbie Rowe, White House Photographs. Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Broken Ladders: Barriers to Women’s Representation in Non-Profit Leadership

Gender Equity in CEO Representation, by Organization budget

Gender Equity in CEO Representation, by Organization budget

Women’s equity in the workplace has been a focus of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) since our founding in 1881. And while great strides have been made, women are still largely excluded from the most powerful corporate positions in our economy. For Instance, the Fortune 500 list of the largest American corporations recently reached a historic high representation of women CEOs at just 6.4 percent, or about 1 in 15. Women in these companies fill only about one in five senior management positions. AAUW’s latest report on women in leadership at nonprofits is now available online. Read more and download the PDF.

 

 

State of the States: A Globally Competitive Workforce Starts with an Equitable Workplace
Every year, at the start of their respective legislative sessions, governors across the country

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds speaks with Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host Clay Masters about her transition to be the next governor. 5/2/2017 Photo by John Pemble

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds speaks with Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host Clay Masters about her transition to be the next governor. 5/2/2017 Photo by John Pemble

deliver their assessments of the condition of their states. They offer esteem for outstanding achievements among their citizens or groundbreaking triumphs within their legislature, each one assuring that their state is progressing in a positive direction. In addition to recounting the successes of the previous year, the addresses offer an opportunity for governors to speak on any legislative concerns and present a strategic plan to support statewide improvements in these policy areas. Read More .

Take the Pledge to Protect Title IX

Fillable "I Live Title IX Because" signs at an event for Senator Harry Reid

Fillable “I Live Title IX Because” signs at an event for Senator Harry Reid

June 23rd marks the 46th anniversary of Title IX. Help fight back against attacks on the Title IX by pledging to take part in AAUW’s upcoming campaign to protect Title IX. Read More.

 

 

Find Your Title IX Coordinators with AAUW’s Interactive Tool.

All K–12 schools and postsecondary institutions that receive federal funds must designate at least one employee to coordinate their efforts to comply with and carry out their responsibilities under Title IX. These Title IX coordinators ensure that all people affected by sex discrimination in schools — students, parents, and employees — are aware of their legal rights. Click to access AAUW’s Title IX Coordinator Interactive Tool.

Know Your Rights: Workplace Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII is a federal law that prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion, and it applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including federal, state, and local governments. Even with Title VII’s protections, many people across the country still face sexual harassment in their workplaces. Read more

Know Your Rights: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault under Title IX.  

Image by Tony Cairns, Flickr Creative Commons.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It covers women and men, girls and boys, and staff and students in any educational institution or program that receives federal funds. Local school districts, colleges and universities, for-profit schools, career and technical education agencies, libraries, and museums are all covered under Title IX. Read more.

AAUW staff and interns rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Equal Pay Day 2017.

AAUW staff and interns rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Equal Pay Day 2017.

States Notch Multiple Equal Pay Victories in 2017  Voters are fed up with the persistent gender pay gap, and many state legislators are listening. In 2015 and 2016 dozens of legislatures proposed and enacted bills and laws addressing pay inequality. In 2017 a whopping 42 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., offered legislative solutions to the gender pay gap. While not all of these bills passed, this growing activity shows that red, blue, and purple states realize that the pay gap is real and that something needs to be done about it. Read More. 

Members of the 2017-18 AAUW National Student Advisory Council (SAC).

Members of the 2017-18 AAUW National Student Advisory Council (SAC).

You’re Going to Be Hearing about These Fearless Campus LeadersEvery year AAUW selects 10 college student leaders committed to gender equity to serve on the national Student Advisory Council (SAC). This year’s SAC members are LGBT rights leaders, engineers, student government presidents, first-generation college students, and more.
These students advise AAUW on the needs of college students, take on campus activism projects and community outreach to 
AAUW student organizations, and gain valuable résumé-building experience. Participants also serve as peer mentors for other aspiring student leaders during AAUW’s annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders
 (NCCWSL).
Who are these remarkable feminist student leaders? This year’s SAC members are LGBT rights leaders, engineers, student government presidents, first-generation college students, and more. Read More

Full Equity in Higher Education Remains Elusive.  Women’s Equality Day, celebrated on August 26, marks the anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. One battle we are still waging is for women in education. AAUW estimates that due to disproportionate student loan burden and a longer debt repayment period, women currently hold almost two-thirds of student debt in the United States. Read more.

Deeper in Debt. Student loan debt is now a $1.3-trillion problem burdening 44 million borrowers. Experts are talking about the effects of student debt on the economy, but they aren’t talking about its disproportionate effects on women. Read more.

EPD state map shareable.

EPD state map shareable.

The Gender Pay Gap by State
Every U.S. state has a gender pay gap, and some are wider than others. See how your state’s gender pay gap stacks up. Share this information with state and federal legislators as a call to action for stronger laws and use it to educate folks in your community about the gender pay gap.  Click here for the Interactive Map.

It’s Negotiable: Salary Skill Builder

AAUW salary skills builder interactive tool. Click to start a short online lesson.

AAUW salary skills builder interactive tool. Click to start a short online lesson.

The gender pay gap is real and has far-reaching consequences for women’s economic security. Get the pay you deserve. AAUW’s new online, interactive will help you articulate your value in your next negotiation.

 

AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation Trainings Now Available Across the U.S.
The AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation program that helps women hammer away at the gender wage gap will have greater reach this Equal Pay Day, due in large part to frustration with the status quo. Left on its own, the gender wage gap won’t close for another 135 years, which is unacceptable and explains why numerous cities are collaborating with AAUW.
AAUW Work Smart has expanded beyond Boston, where it first launched just two years ago, to Washington, D.C.; Tempe, Arizona; and Long Beach, California. Read more

4 Tips to Negotiating for the Salary and Benefits You’re Worth. At AAUW we’re moving the needle on the gender pay gap through our innovative research, powerful advocacy, and salary negotiation programs for women across the country. You can sign up for a workshop near you, but in the meantime here are four tips for you. Ready to get paid what you’re worth? Follow these four steps to successfully negotiate your salary and benefits package. Read more.

The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2017)   You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. But what does that mean? Are women paid less because they choose lower-paying jobs? AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap succinctly addresses these issues by going beyond the widely reported 80 percent statistic. Read more.

Get The Simple Truth in Spanish! Now available en español, use this resource to educate decision makers and your community about the gender pay gap. Read more.

AAUW Member Benefits 
Membership with AAUW means you’re part of a community dedicated to changing the climate for women and girls. As an AAUW member, you will not only have access to valuable resources but also get discounted pricing on some merchandise and services. It’s one more way to express our gratitude for all your support to empower women and improve the lives of millions of women and families. With each purchase, AAUW receives a royalty that is used to support the work we do. Read more.


AAUW National – 2018 Calendar

April 10:                             Equal Pay Day

May 7:                                2018 AAUW National Bylaws Amendment Vote – Paper ballot request period ends.

May 21, 11:59 p.m. ET:    2018 AAUW National Bylaws Amendment Vote – Paper ballots must be postmarked by this date to be counted.

May 30 – June 2:               National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) – University of Maryland (College Park).

June 9, 9 p.m. ET:              2018 AAUW National Bylaws Amendment Vote – Online voting ends