Mission in Action

IN FOCUS



ECONOMIC SECURITY

Negotiating Change: A Q&A with Katie Wynne
When Katie Wynne showed up for AAUW’s two-hour Work Smart negotiation workshop in Washington, D.C., she thought the program was free. It is, of course, but in a way the training actually paid her — $10,000 per hour, to be exact. Learn how you can also put Work Smart to work for you. Then share Work Smart Online with #5GradsYouKnow entering the job market.



MEMBERSHIP

New Board Onboards
AAUW recently convened its first meeting with its new board of directors, which includes 12 elected and three appointed positions. “The breadth and depth of experience they bring will provide precisely the kind of diverse leadership AAUW needs to advance its goal of achieving gender equity,” said Kim Churches, AAUW’s CEO. Among the many new elected members is vice chair Malinda Gaul, former employment attorney and president of AAUW Texas. Appointees include Joseph Bertolino, Peggy Cabaniss and Edwina Frances Martin.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Pay Equity Advocacy Continues
While AAUW continues advocating for pay equity legislation at the national level, including briefing Senate staff on what they can do to move the Paycheck Fairness Act forward, states are also making progress. For example, AAUW of Alabama members successfully lobbied for passage of their state’s first pay equity law and were invited to attend the bill signing. As thrilled as we were by this progress, we know that true economic security for women requires access to comprehensive reproductive health care. That’s why AAUW advocates will continue to fight against recent abortion bans. All eyes now turn to Mississippi, the last state in the country without any state equal pay protections.

NEWS AND NOTES

4 Tips from 5 Fellows
We all want to find the career of our dreams. The question is: Where do you start? In a recent #AAUWAsks Twitter chat, we asked five accomplished AAUW Fellows and Grantees to share their advice. “A mentor told me to always think about the long game,” said Kristen Johnson, a civil rights attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and 2012–13 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow. “You don’t have to stay at a job you’ve outgrown.”

When it Comes to Equal Pay, Mom’s the Word in June
The pay gap hits mothers hard — something to reflect on in June, which includes Mom’s Equal Pay Day and the anniversary of the Equal Pay Act (both on June 10 this year). Mothers make only 69% of what dads do, and it’s worse for most women of color. How can you help? Support the Paycheck Fairness Act and state equal-pay laws. Then send Work Smart Online to #5MomsYouKnow. Employers also have a part to play. We asked our followers on Facebook and Instagram how companies can support working moms. In addition to equal pay, a top response was flexible scheduling.

KEY DATES
June 26  AAUW Empower Charlotte: a leadership development event
July 1 Online Directory of AAUW Fellows and Grantees updated with 2019–20 recipients
July 23 AAUW Empower Chicago: a leadership development event
August 1 Applications open for 2020–21 Fellowships and Grants
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