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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Three-Time recipient of Midland Branch’s Women in Transition Scholarship is honored  

Friends, neighbors celebrate Midland’s LaRue’s graduation with drive-by

LaRue received her Master of Social Work from Michigan State University with plans to work in hospice care. She had an advanced standing, which meant it took her only a year instead of two to complete her master’s degree. To help pay for her tuition, she earned over 20 academic scholarships which covered her undergrad and graduate degrees.

The Midland Branch of AAUW is very proud of Mary Jo and her accomplishments,  and we are happy to have helped her reach her dream.  Congratulations Mary Jo!!

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COVID-19 Through a Gender Lens

A look at many the ways women are impacted by the pandemic

The Coronavirus has reshaped life for everyone around the globe, and the magnitude of the pandemic – and its likely aftermath – is just starting to sink in. As it does, researchers, reporters and social scientists have begun to focus in on the ways in which women are impacted—and what gender issues need to be considered along the long road to recovery.

The most essential workers in America are women.

The New York Times

“From the cashier to the emergency room nurse to the drugstore pharmacist to the home health aide … the soldier on the front lines of the current national emergency is most likely a woman. One in three jobs held by women has been designated as essential, according to a New York Times analysis of census data crossed with the federal government’s essential worker guidelines. Nonwhite women are more likely to be doing essential jobs than anyone else … The work they do has often been underpaid and undervalued — an unseen labor force that keeps the country running and takes care of those most in need, whether or not there is a pandemic.”

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Female leaders hailed as voices of reason.

The Washington Post

“Female world leaders in such countries as New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, Germany and Taiwan “have won recognition as voices of reason amid the coronavirus pandemic,” writes the Washington Post. “They have attracted praise for effective messaging and decisive action, in stark contrast to the bombastic approaches of several of the world’s most prominent male leaders — including some who face criticism for early fumbles that fueled the spread of the virus. ’We might think of this as a halo effect on some women leaders,’ said Jennifer Curtin, director of the Public Policy Institute at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Many women leaders have indeed been successful in controlling the spread of the coronavirus while also maintaining calm. Their successes have been amplified in part ‘because we see … a couple of hyper masculine leaders responding in a very aggressive way,’ Curtin said.”

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WORK SMART

Why Work Smart & Start Smart?

Learn how to research your target salary, highlight your accomplishments and find the right words — and the confidence — to negotiate for better benefits and pay. You can sign up for a free in-person workshop or  online course, which takes less than two hours to complete and can be done at your own pace.

Negotiating increases your potential to earn more — and can make the difference for paying off loans, supporting your family, buying what you want and need and saving for the future.

  • One year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men.
  • The gap grows larger over time during a woman’s career.
  • Women who work full time take home about 82 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid.
  • Unless things change, the pay gap will not close til 2106 — that’s why we’re empowering women nation-wide with salary negotiation skills — and working to change polices and employer culture

    Learn to Negotiate for a New Job, Raise or Promotion — and Gain Confidence

    All in-person workshops have been postponed.

    As a result of the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing, there are no in-person Start Smart and Work Smart workshops scheduled at this time.

    TAKE WORK SMART ONLINE 

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Women’s Student Debt Crisis in the United States

Right now, about 44 million borrowers in the United States hold about $1.46 trillion in student debt. The scale of outstanding student loans — and an increasing share of borrowers who fail to repay them — is presenting significant challenges to our society. Yet despite the fact that the majority of college and university graduates are women, many people do not think of student debt as a women’s issue.

It clearly is: Women hold nearly two-thirds of the outstanding student debt in the United States — almost $929 billion as of early-2019.

What Can We Do About Student Debt?

AAUW advocates safeguarding and expanding Pell Grants and other forms of aid for students, as well as providing nontraditional students the resources they need — on-campus child care, for example — to successfully complete college degrees. Solutions to the student-debt crisis should also include efforts to move toward tuition-free and debt-free options for student and supporting income-driven repayment approaches that reflect borrowers’ realities. And our support for students should address additional costs beyond tuition. Congress can also end the harmful causes of the gender pay gap by passing legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act, as well as state and local bills aimed at promoting equal pay to aid in the economic security of women.

What can you do? Join AAUW, find a nearby AAUW branch or student organization, apply for an AAUW fellowship or grant, or sign up to become an AAUW Two-Minute Activist. You’ll receive opportunities to make your voice heard on issues affecting women and girls, including policies surrounding college affordability. You can also educate yourself with the latest research on the gender pay gap with The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap.

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National Conference for College Women Student Leaders

** Cancelled for 2020**

We are looking forward to providing scholarships to this great event for 2021!

 

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

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.

 

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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.

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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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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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Upcoming Branch Events and Programs 

June 4, Thursday, 11:30 am, Spring Luncheon

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Midland Branch Update:

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The World Famous AAUW Midland Book Sale

**** Spring  Sale is cancelled ****

– We look forward to the Fall Sale, to be held

October 2-4, 2020 AT the Midland Mall

  • Find great bargains at the AAUW Midland Branch Used Book Sale – coming this fall! 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 September, 2020. Please, no encyclopedias or magazines.

AAUW National Highlights 

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.