The Laguna Beach Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW-LB), a 501(c)4 organization founded in 1967, is a dynamic growing organization with many exciting programs, interest groups and opportunities to get involved in the community. Our diverse membership includes residents of Laguna Beach and surrounding communities, spanning a wide range of ages, professions, and backgrounds.
Here is AAUW Laguna Beach 2016-2017 Board
The June Waves is available. Click the link in the Main Menu, or, here
Hoffy Tours & AAUW Presented on May 21 a Day of travels in Claremont.
To see the Hoffy Gang, click here.
See our 2016 Scholarship Returning to College Recipient
Your AAUW-Laguna Beach site now has a page devoted to photos from the many various events.
On the Road with Chris & Alison. To see photos of the event, click here.
Contact Your Senator in Support of AB 1676
We need your help to get crucial pay equity legislation over a critical hurdle — passage through the Senate. AB 1676 (Campos) is an important measure that will place severe limits on employers being able to use an individual’s prior salary as a basis for his/her new salary.
Our state senators are scheduled to consider the bill this week. If passed, it will continue to the Assembly for approval of amendments and then to the Governor’s office for signature. This all has to happen before the end of August.
AB 1676 provides women one more tool needed to achieve pay equity. Help to ensure its passage by contacting your Senator now!
The reality is that women experience the consequences of the pay gap from their first paycheck to their last Social Security check. Frequently, employers use prior wages as a proxy of worth without taking into account other reasons for why a prior salary may have been low, including discrimination. AB 1676 seeks to address this issue by codifying case law that asserts prior salary shall not, by itself, justify any disparity in compensation.
Last year, our state enacted stronger equal pay protections. It’s now time to take our work one step further. AB 1676 will be on the Senate Floor this week for a critical vote.
Thanks for all that you do!
AAUW of California
Women Legislators Accomplish More in Office
According to a study of Congress since 2009, women legislators passed twice as many bills as their male counterparts. Women are more likely to introduce legislation focused on women, such as increasing paid leave, equal pay, and prosecuting violence against women. Women legislators are even better at securing funds for their home districts, bringing nine percent more federal funds—for improving programs such as early education and local infrastructure—back to their home districts than their male colleagues. Today, about one-fifth of Congress is made up of women (104 women), compared to just 33 women 25 years ago. However, barriers persist in women’s access to higher offices. Women are less likely to feel qualified for political office and are less likely to have a colleague or mentor encourage them to run. In addition, Brookings research found that women running for office are 15 times more likely to be responsible for child care and are six times more likely to do the majority of housework than their male political opponents
THE LEARNING CLUB
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR COMES TO A CLOSE!
The Learning Club concluded its 17th year of providing one-on-one tutoring at El Morro Elementary School with a debriefing and luncheon for this years’ thirty-two volunteer tutors and two supervising teachers. The luncheon is an opportunity for the volunteers to socialize with one another and to offer their opinions about the school year. We made a major change this year, starting TLC in January instead of October or November as in prior years. By starting later, the classroom teachers were better able to assess which students would benefit the most from the additional help that the TLC tutors provide and the program avoided the frequent stops and starts caused by the Thanksgiving, December and parent-teacher conference breaks that occur earlier. Most felt that this change resulted in the program working more smoothly than in past years.
We thank our wonderful cadre of dedicated volunteers and supportive teachers, we wish them all a restful summer and we look forward to seeing every one again in the coming school year!
Peggie Thomas, Barbara Antonacci and Lynn Shardlow
TLC Program Administrators
Premier Leadership Conference for College Women Features Trailblazing Speakers
LGBT Pioneers, Angel Investor, Comedian, and Others Addressed Nearly 900 Attendees
The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) gives attendees from across the United States and beyond the chance to network with others who are passionate about creating change on campus and in their communities. Attendees took their activism to the next level and heard from inspiring speakers during the June 2–4 event, hosted by AAUW. Most programming for the conference took place in the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland, College Park.
The 2016 Women of Distinction Awards ceremony took place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2. AAUW paid tribute to five remarkable leaders for their outstanding contributions to the lives of women and girls. The 2016 honorees included Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code; Marisa Demeo, associate judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia; Anu Duggal, founding partner of Female Founders Fund (F Cubed); Sarah McBride, campaigns and communications manager for LGBT Progress at the Center for American Progress; and Kelly Tsai, writer, performer, director, and producer.
On Friday, June 3, at 8:30 a.m., Hilary Corna, founder of the #DareYourself campaign and author of One White Face, delivered a keynote address. On Saturday, June 4, at 9:30 a.m., Franchesca Ramsey of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore delivered the closing address
Our branch, in partnership with Laguna College of Art + Design, awarded a scholarship to Alexis Lanz of LCAD to attend the conference for leadership training and networking. Lanz is a sophomore in Digital Media with an emphasis in action sports programming. She is also the Design + Digital Media Student Government Representative.
To read Alexis’s blog, click here.
TECH TREK UPDATE
The Laguna Beach Branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) is proud to announce that we will be sending camper #100 to Tech Trek this summer!
Tech Trek is the AAUW’s experiential summer camp program, designed for rising eighth grade girls with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The first Tech Trek camp was held the summer of 1998 at Stanford University. Currently, there are Tech Trek camps held on over 20 college and university campuses nationwide—including 10 camps on 8 different California campuses.
Read all about it.
Women athletes face sexist media coverage during 2016 Summer Olympics
While the Olympic Games can serve as an excellent example of how important Title IX is to American women, female athletes at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio continue to face a barrage of sexist remarks from commentators and the media. When three-time Olympian Corey Cogdell-Unrein won the Bronze medal in women’s trap shooting earlier this week, a Chicago Tribuneheadline referred to her as “wife of a Bear’s lineman.” When swimmer Katie Ledecky beat her own world record in 400-meter freestyle, commentators declared “some people say she swims like a man.” Other remarks attributed breaking world records to the athlete’s husband, focusing on a gold medalist’s new motherhood, and asserting that women are not sports fans but instead prefer reality television. This coverage comes on the heels of a recently published study by the Cambridge University Press which found that the media disproportionately describes female athletes in relation to their marital status, age, or appearance while men are more likely to be placed in a sporting context.
From AAUW Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Report reveals women are harassed out of STEM fields
A recent analysis by The Atlantic showed that despite the progress of women’s representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, they are often sexually harassed out of the industry. The article cited a 2015 study by the University of California, Hastings College of Law, which revealed one in three women in science are sexually harassed out of their work. The study also found that 64 percent of female scientists face a “maternal wall bias” that includes stereotyping a woman’s ability to succeed because of her commitments due to motherhood. The article offered solutions to overcoming gender bias and sexual harassment in the STEM industry, noting AAUW’s advocacy efforts to empower women in these fields.
Mobile tech company settles pay discrimination lawsuit for $19.5 million
Qualcomm agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged the mobile technology company was denying equal pay and was providing unequal opportunities for promotion for women in STEM. According to court documents, the company also had an unofficial policy of rewarding employees who work extra hours, which is not conducive to work life balance. Less than 15 percent of the company’s senior leaders are women, and managers are also mostly men. In addition to the cash settlement, the settlement requires Qualcomm to implement policy and programmatic changes to promote women in STEM. Qualcomm stated they had “strong defenses” against the accusations, but that they want to focus on creating a work environment that will “drive equity and a diverse and inclusive workforce.” The plaintiff’s lawyer, David Sanford, said he hopes that the settlement will inspire other technology companies to level the playing field.
This year, the U.S. Supreme Court heard several cases that will significantly affect the rights of women and girls. Reproductive freedom, access to health care, and affirmative action cases were all ruled on this term. We’ve also seen the unpredictability that results from an eight-justice court and how a split vote affects cases.
What does it all mean for women and girls? Join AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund for a members-only call on Tuesday, July 19, at 8 p.m. ET to find out. The call is free, but you must register.
What: AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Supreme Court Wrap-up Call
When: Tuesday, July 19, 8 p.m. ET
RSVP today! You must RSVP to receive the call-in information.
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Senior Manager
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House Passes Bill to Allow Inurnment of Women Pilots at Arlington National Cemetery
This week the House passed a bill (385-0) to restore inurnment rights of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) at the Arlington National Cemetery. AAUW’s CEO and veteran, Linda Hallman, called upon Congress to take action in a letter to the editor published in the Washington Post over the weekend. AAUW Action Network supporters helped to advance the issue by sending messages to their members of Congress urging them to pass the bill. It now heads to the Senate for passage.