President’s Message-May 2017

Jean Vivrette – Fritz Reynoldsfor 2017-2019”

Co-President’s Message Happy Spring!

There is a question that has been floating around in my head since the last Board Meeting, and I wanted to share it with you all. Did you read the article about the “Proposed Public Policy Action Priorities for 2017-2019”, in the recent edition of the Waves?
At the last Board Meeting this question was posed to us. There were very few at the Board Meeting that night that could answer, “Yes.” I came home, read it and wondered how many of our members have read it.
I’m sure some have, but for those that did not, I am going to do a synopsis. I think it is good for all of us to know where AAUW CA stands on Public Policy.
The priorities for action are chosen according to the criteria of viability, critical need and strong member support.
To achieve economic self-sufficiency for all women AAUW CA advocates: Pay equity, equitable access and advancement in employment Strengthening retirement benefits and programs, programs that provide women with education Strengthening programs that encourage career development Policies that promote and support work-life balance
To support a strong system of high quality public education, AAUW CA advocates: Adequate and equitable funding for high quality public education, increased support for programs in the STEM fields Protection of programs that meet the needs of girls, vigorous enforcement of Title IX, Opposition to the use of public funds for nonpublic education Support for funding that gives women and the disadvantaged access to higher education
To guarantee equality, individual rights and social justice for a diverse society, AAUW CA advocates:
-Self-determination of one’s reproductive health decisions
-Freedom from violence and fear of violence,
-increased access to quality, affordable health care
-Strengthening California programs that improve the lives of children
-Support the United Nations programs on human rights, freedom in definition of self and family
-Vigorous protection of and full access to civil and constitutional rights for all

If you would like further information, please see the article on the website.

Jean Vivrette