January 28-Be Smart

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The State of AAUW

Dear AAUW Members,

In November AAUW turned 136 years old. My, how it has grown from the original 17 brave and visionary women who started us on this path. AAUW has developed and transformed since then, adapting to new technology and expanding the range of activities, initiatives, and programs that have become our hallmark. I think, however, that Marion Talbot would still recognize the organization today. Why? Because our foundational theme and mission remain the advancement of equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

As we grow so too must our efforts to ensure that we are relevant, effective, and efficient in our impact. That means paying attention not only to issues that affect women and girls, but also strategically planning how we will best deploy our resources to accomplish our mission and making sure that we are inclusive as we chart our way forward. Toward that end the AAUW Board of Directors recently approved a recommendation to develop a new strategic plan; in the first quarter of 2018 you will be hearing more about that undertaking. This effort will involve staff, board, and member and stakeholder input. Since this is an organization-wide effort, states and branches are encouraged to embrace the goals and strategies that will emerge from the plan, establish their own plans, and determine how they can contribute to our shared organizational success within the parameters of their own resources and communities.

Many of you attended the AAUW National Convention in June and had an opportunity to meet and greet our dynamic new chief executive officer, Kimberly Churches. More of you have had the opportunity to get to know her a bit better as she has been traveling across the country on her listening tour. This has allowed her to hear your passionate commitment to our organization as well as your concerns and ideas about the future direction of AAUW. A great deal of what she has heard as chief executive officer and what I’ve heard from you as board chair is being weighed and considered by the national staff and board.

Looking back at just a few of our accomplishments during 2017, we sent more than 270,000 messages to lawmakers. Through AAUW Start Smart and Work Smart workshops 17,000 people learned to negotiate their salaries; but we’re not resting on those laurels. We plan to train 20,000 women by 2020 — and that’s just in San Francisco with a new partnership launched in December 2017! Stay tuned for news about additional partnerships we’re launching across the country.

We awarded $3.7 million to women and community projects, and we held science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs in 35 states! We celebrated 100 years of awarding International Fellowships to more than 3,600 women representing more than 140 countries, and we travelled to Morocco, Tunisia, and Dubai to share our research and programs with women leaders and activists.

With respect to our organization’s fiscal health, AAUW’s finances and investments are solid and on track. We are appropriately scrutinizing budget development and implementation, being mindful of our fiduciary responsibilities, and employing best practices to maximize our human and materiel resources. Management and the board are examining existing and potential initiatives and programs designed to make the organization more visible and distinct from other equity organizations, increase engagement with stakeholders, and grow our organizational productivity.

Whether we’re talking about public policy, legal case support, member leadership training, global connections, or educational funding, the state of AAUW is sound. We’re planning for our move forward to the next level. Thanks to each of you for your support and hard work in helping to make sure that we remain the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Onward and upward in 2018!

Julia T. Brown Signature
Julia T. Brown, Esq.
Board Chair

The American Association of University Women of Laguna Beach

(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 and professions.


January Program:  “Start Smart – Don’t Lose Out in Salary Negotiation!”

When you think about your working career, can you think of a time that you failed to negotiate well for your salary?  Perhaps you kicked yourself afterwards when you found out a colleague was earning more than you for the same job?   Unfortunately, that is a common story for many women, and our own failure to negotiate well has contributed to the gender pay gap that still plagues us.   In 2009, according to AAUW research, women one year out of college who were working full time were paid, on average, just 82 percent of the salary their male peers were paid. And those lost potential earnings add up many thousands of dollars over a lifetime.

 As a society, we are working to address discrimination against women in the workplace, but there is something we can do ourselves:  learn the strategies and skills that will help us negotiate more effectively.  In 2016 AAUW trained close to 13,000 women across the country to negotiate for the salaries they need and deserve.  AAUW branches offer Start Smart workshops to teach college students how to negotiate salaries for a new job and Work Smart to women already working who are seeking a promotion. The cities of Boston, Washington, DC, Tempe in Florida and Long Beach in California, offer Work Smart salary negotiation workshops.

   AAUW-LB is in its fourth year of offering Start Smart workshops at Orange Coast College and second year at Laguna College of Art + Design.  Come to our January program and find out what AAUW-LB Start Smart team does to help students identify a target salary range and amass an arsenal of persuasive strategies to sharpen their negotiation skills.  You may even learn some strategies for yourself, a friend or a family member who would like some tips on how to earn the salary they need and deserve. 

When:            Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3:00-5:00pm 

Where:          Laguna College of Art + Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach

                       Free parking and light refreshments provided

Questions?  Lesley Danziger, Start Smart Chair, at danziger.lesley@gmail.com


Analysis Reveals Gender and Racial Pay Gaps for 25 Major U.S. Cities

December 13, 2017

Media Contact:
Amy Becker

Largest overall gap found in Detroit while Los Angeles holds smallest

 WASHINGTON — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) released an analysis of the gender pay gap in 25 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The analysis also breaks down the pay gap for women of different races and ethnicities in each city. AAUW’s report reveals a substantial gender pay gap in all 25 cities examined, with even larger gaps for black and Hispanic women.

“No matter where you reside, your background or chosen industry, women face the systemic pay gap,” said Kim Churches, chief executive officer at AAUW. “Instead of avoiding the issue of unequal pay, women’s voices and actions are on the rise. To fight inequities, we need to arm women with strong salary negotiation skills, fact-based research and advocacy locally, regionally and nationally.”

The major metropolitan area with the widest overall gap in the study is Detroit, where women are paid 75 percent as much as men, and the area with the smallest overall gap is Los Angeles, where women are paid 90 percent as much as men. Looking within the racial/ethnic categories, the widest gap falls in Houston, where Hispanic women are paid just 35 percent of what white men are paid. AAUW’s analysis drew on U.S. Census data from the American Community Survey to calculate the pay gaps for metropolitan areas across the country with a population of at least two million.

The city findings provide a more detailed look at the oft-cited 80 cents number, which is the amount women working full time in the United States typically make compared to men’s dollar. The gender pay gap is larger for black and Hispanic women when compared with white men and is also larger for mothers.

This study builds upon findings from AAUW’s research report The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, which provides a detailed look at the pay gap, its causes and impact, and solutions to close it. Expanding on one of those solutions, five city governments so far have partnered with AAUW to bring AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation workshops to their cities. The latest, San Francisco, will launch in 2018.

To learn more about efforts and solutions in the fight for fair pay visit the AAUW website.


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university members. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW’s fellowships and grants have helped scholars and activists overcome barriers to education and advancement for nearly 130 years. Learn more and join us at www.aauw.org.



Presidents Council

Message from the Presidents Council
  The 2017-2018 AAUW-LB Board of Directors has a new structure of leadership as voted on in our bylaw changes in the spring.  We have four former presidents comprising a Presidents Council and will share responsibilities throughout the year with the help of the vice presidents.

February 2018  PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE-Peggie Thomas

As we look ahead to our 2018 Branch offerings and events, I would first like to reflect on some of AAUW’s accomplishments during this past year. 

  • 17,000 people learned critical salary negotiation skills through an AAUW Start Smart workshop. Lesley Danziger and her Start Smart team conducted 4 workshops at Orange Coast College (OCC) and the Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) for our Branch. Our members also participated in an informative and interactive program that highlighted the Start Smart workshops at LCAD on January 28th.
  • 8,000 students brought AAUW programs to their campuses in 2017. OCC and LCAD have joined AAUW as an institutional member, partnering with the national organization and the Laguna Beach branch.  Our Branch sponsored a student from each campus to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in Wash DC. 
  • 1,600 students participated in a Tech Trek summer camp at any of the 22 camps, in 10 states which now host Tech Trek programs. Under the leadership of Alice Apkarian, our Tech Trek Branch coordinator, our Branch sponsored 9 Thurston 8th graders from Thurston middle school who attended a week-long STEM summer camp in 2017.  In 2018, we will provide 8 scholarships to Thurston girls and 2 to girls at Venado Middle School, a Title 1 school in Irvine.
  • 270,000 messages were sent to lawmakers in 2017 by AAUW members and supporters. These messages helped pass new State equal pay laws among others.  But in the coming year, our voices need to continue to be heard on issues of concern to women and girls, such as student debt and Title IX enforcement.               Read more