Mission: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
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.
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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
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- The Woman in Transition Scholarship deadline is March 1, 2018. The amount to be awarded this year is $2,000. Click here or look under our Scholarships Tab (Local Scholarships) for a complete description of the scholarship and its criteria. Our Local Scholarships are administered by the Midland Area Community Foundation (https://www.midlandfoundation.org/). Please refer to their “Apply for a Scholarship” webpage for specific details about the application process and to access the application form. You may also write to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com for information.
- Am I My Best Advocate? & Valentine Treats – February 15, 2018 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Greater Midland Community Center, Senior Room, 2205 Jefferson Avenue, Midland.
- ***Mark your calendars and save the dates! The Spring Used Book Sale will be April 27, 28 and 29, 2018 at the Midland Mall.***
Recent Past Events and Programs
- Coffee and More – January 18, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon. Creative 360, Midland, MI
- ‘Tis the Season Branch Program – December 7, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Chippewa Nature Center.
- Tour of Central Elementary School – November 6, 2017, 7 p.m.
- Fall Used Book Sale – September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017 at the Midland Mall (in the center court, between Younkers and Ruby Tuesday)
- Update on the Environment (Protecting the Great Lakes) – September 19, 2017, 7 p.m. at the Chippewa Nature Center (Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Midland Area)
- Annual Fall Open House – September 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church
- Equal Pay Legislative Day – April 25, 2017. Lansing, MI. The AAUW Midland Branch is calling on all AAUW area branches and other women’s groups to join us in a rally in Lansing for Equal Pay Legislative Day on the steps of the Capitol.
AAUW National Highlights
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.
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
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.
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.
You’re Going to Be Hearing about These Fearless Campus Leaders. Every 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.
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.
Three Musts for Intersectional Feminism. Intersectional feminism is to acknowledge multiple overlapping social identities and related systems of oppression. So, while we may want to work under the umbrella term ” women” there is not one global women’s experience. Here are three ways to make sure that your feminism is intersectional. 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.
Equal Pay Laws by State. The Paycheck Fairness Act will help secure equal pay for equal work for all Americans. But until that happens, each state will continue operating under antiquated regulations and piecemeal state and local laws to combat unequal pay. While some states do have stronger laws than other states, AAUW members will keep working to make the whole country a better place for women to live and work. 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
January 9: Fundraising from Other Pockets. Tired of always asking the same people for funds? Join us for a discussion on how to raise funds from businesses and individuals in your community. Skill-Training Webinars for Members: Cost: Free Location: Online. Register for one training or more
February 7: Celebrate Black History Month with an ¡Adelante! Webinar Book Discussion about Social Justice Allies Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt. Calling all members! Join AAUW as we talk with 1984–85 AAUW American Fellow and University of Georgia Professor Emerita Patricia Bell-Scott, Ph.D., about her new book, The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice. Bell-Scott delivers a close-up portrait of “the enormously important friendship between two activist crusaders.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Location: Online (You just need to register for the webinar.) Cost: Free
February 13: Inclusion and Equity Committee. Learn more about how to welcome and engage a diverse membership. Skill-Training Webinars for Members: Cost: Free Location: Online. Register for one training or more
March 13: How to Get Publicity. Your branch holds great events and does wonderful things in your community. How do you get the publicity you deserve? Skill-Training Webinars for Members: Cost: Free Location: Online. Register for one training or more
May 30 – June 2: National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) – University of Maryland (College Park).