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

Mission:  To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy.

About AAUW

The AAUW-Midland (MI) Branch, Inc. was established in 1934.  It is comprised of approximately 75 members from Midland and the surrounding area who come together to address issues that focus on leadership, equity for women and girls, education, and economic security. General Meetings that are open to the public.

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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.

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*** Festive Holiday Brunch***

**Celebrate the Season with the Midland Branch**
December 5, 2019, 10:30 am GAD Library Community Room

You are invited to a Festive Holiday Brunch catered by Panera. Feast on savory soufflés, fresh fruits,
assorted pastries, coffee, tea and holiday punch. Brunch will be served at 10:45 am. The cost is $10.00 for
members and guests. Reservations are required by December 1. For the brunch, make checks payable to
AAUW – Midland Branch and send to Liz Kapla, 1205 Bayberry Lane, Midland, MI 48640. Contact Liz:
ekapla@charter.net or 631-7365.
Janine Ouderkirk, Executive Director of Shelterhouse, will present Rebuild and Renew. She says
“Shelterhouse works hard every day to empower survivors of domestic and sexual violence by providing
refuge, hope and healing. The issues of domestic and sexual violence occur in all types of families and
communities. Shelterhouse provides free, high quality, trauma-informed services which utilize best practices
in the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault, and serves community members through education and
prevention, providing service in local schools.
Shelterhouse has outgrown its current facility, turning away, on average, 377 families needing shelter each
year over the past 5 years due to being over capacity. Services to clients are up 26% this year over last, and
crisis line calls increased by 25%. We are building a new, state-of-the-art, trauma-informed domestic and
sexual violence housing and service facility with 15 living areas for clients and their families.”Save the Date!

******************************************************AAUW Scholarship of $1,500 is available to Attend NCCWSL 

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders May 27–May 30, 2020

 

Previous AAUW Midland Branch  NCCWSL Scholarship winners from the Great Lakes area are Sara Chase, Scout Parsch, & our 2019 Miss Michigan Mallory Rivard!

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)—Midland Branch is offering scholarship assistance for two college/university women to attend the 2020 National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) to be held May 27—May 30, 2020 at the University of Maryland, campus at College Park, Maryland.

 Two $1,500. Scholarships will be offered.  Scholarship applicants should have a 3.0 GPA, either be attending a local college/university, or be from the area & attending college elsewhere. The Awards process includes an application with a short essay, a recommendation from a college/university official or faculty member, and a list of college & community activities nothing any leadership roles held. A brief oral report of the experience is expected to be presented at the AAUW—Midland Branch meeting in September.

The Conference will help students develop leadership & Networking Skills. It is presented by AAUW & NASPA’s Center for Scholarship, Research, & Professional Development for Women. More than 1,000 women from around the United States attended last year. AAUW promotes equity, education, & development of opportunity for women & girls that enable them to realize their full potential.

Application Deadline is January 29, 2020

For a 2020 Application, please follow this link:  nccwsl app 2020

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AAUW Applauds Paycheck Fairness Act Introduction in Congress

The Paycheck Fairness Act is sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The bill is bipartisan in the House of Representatives and co-sponsored by every Democrat in both the House and Senate. (A version of the bill was first introduced in 1997.) The Paycheck Fairness Act is also an important complement to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which ensures that ongoing pay discrimination at work can be challenged regardless of when the discrimination began. That act was signed into law 10 years ago on January 29, 2009.

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 Fact Sheet: The Paycheck Fairness Act of 2019

“The Paycheck Fairness Act is essential to eradicating practices that have perpetuated the pay gap for far too long. In 2019, the idea that we still don’t have equal pay for equal work is nothing short of outrageous.AAUW urges the 116th Congress to take this important step towards pay equity with the swift passage of the b

— Kim Churches, CEO, American Association of University Women

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A Q&A with Lilly Ledbetter, Fierce Champion of Equal Pay

As one of the first women hired as a manager at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1979, Lilly Ledbetter showed leadership potential from the start. When she found out after many years on the job that she was earning substantially less than her male colleagues, she challenged her employer in federal court.

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Simple Truth

The gender pay gap is the gap between what men and women are paid. Most commonly, it refers to the median annual pay of all women who work full time and year-round, compared to the pay of a similar cohort of men. Other estimates of the gender pay gap are based on weekly or hourly earnings, or are specific to a particular group of women.

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Get Paid What You’re Worth

AAUW’s renowned The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap report finds women are still paid just 80 cents for every dollar paid to a man! We can change that with AAUW’s multipronged economy security initiative: by changing laws, encouraging employers to improve workplace cultures and practices, and empowering women to negotiate to their financial futures by making our Work Smart program.

Learn more about Work Smart Online and join the Members Mobilize a Million Challenge.

 

When women vote, we change the conversation.

 

Upcoming Branch Events and Programs 

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  • The World Famous AAUW Midland Book Sale: April, 2020
  • Find great bargains at the AAUW Midland Branch Spring Used Book Sale in April, 2020 at the Midland Mall! (in the center court, between Younkers and Ruby Tuesday).The Used Book Sale hours are 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday is “bag day”!
  • Books are sorted into many categories including suspense, romance, westerns, fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, collectibles and children’s books.
    Most hardcover books are priced at $2
    Most paperbacks are $1 to $2
    • Others are priced as marked
  • Donate your books! Sale proceeds from your generous book donations help to fund our Scholarships! Collection barrels are located at Family Fare, Kroger, Sanford Food Center and at the Midland Mall (at the two main entrances: Food Court entrance and the entrance next to Ruby Tuesday). Donation barrels will be out in March, 2020. Please, no encyclopedias or magazines.

Past Events and Programs

  • November Branch Program – With Special Guest, Mary Pollock, AAUW of MichiganThursday, November 8, 2018, Trinity Lutheran Church –  Mary handles AAUW of MI priority legislative issues at the Capitol including education that promotes gender fairness, equity and diversity, economic self-sufficiency for all women as well as equality, individual rights and social justice for a diverse society.
  • The AAUW Midland Branch and the League of Women Voters of the Midland Area jointly held a candidate forum for a seat on the Midland Public School Board on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. 
  • Candidates Forum Co-sponsored by Midland Area LWV and MCTV –Monday, October 2018 – 36th District Michigan State Senate – Districts 3 and 5 County Commissioners –Midland City Hall Council Chambers, 333 W. Ellsworth
  • 98th District Michigan State House Candidates Forum –Tuesday, October 16, 2018 –MCTV Studio, Grace A. Dow Library – Co-sponsored by Midland Area LWV and MCTV
  • AAUW Candidate Forum – Women’s Issues – Thursday, July 26, 2018, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Grace A Dow Memorial Library Auditorium, 1710 W. St. Andrews, Midland.
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work Rally in Lansing (April 10, 2018) – Click to see ABC 12 coverage and interviews.

AAUW National Highlights 

Congratulations to AAUW’s 2018-19 Fellowship and Grants Awardees

2018-2019 AAUW Fellows Grantees Collage

2018-2019 AAUW Fellows Grantees Collage

The 2018–19 award year kicked off with the release of our updated online Fellowships and Grants directory in which you can find out more about the remarkable women and organizations from your area! To learn more about AAUW’s fellowships and grants programs and past awardees, visit our fellowships and grants web page and read our Following the Fellows blog series. Read More.

 

AAUW Issues: Federal Judicial Nominations
AAUW’s Public Policy Priorities supports “a fair, balanced, and independent judiciary” to ensure constitutional protection for the civil rights of all individuals. Federal courts up to and including the Supreme Court are often also the last, best hope for women who have experienced discrimination in education, employment, health care, and other aspects of their lives. Get the Facts

 

9 Things We Learned about Leadership at NCCWSL.

NCCWSL 2018 Students With Props

NCCWSL 2018 Students With Props

At the 2018 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, nearly 800 students from around the world gathered to build community and sharpen their leadership skills. Here are some of our favorite moments that had us clapping, snapping, and thinking hard about the future. Read More.

 

Deeper In Debt Figure 4

Deeper In Debt Figure 4

Women’s Student Debt Crisis in the United States
This report reveals that women also take on larger student loans than do men. And because of the gender pay gap, they have less disposable income with which to repay their loans after graduation, requiring more time to pay back their student debt than do men. As a result, women hold nearly two-thirds of the outstanding student debt in the United States — almost $900 billion as of mid-2018.  Read More.