Winter 2014 State Bulletin Read about our new strategic plan, our upcoming Public Policy Day, etc.
Join us at the Marriott Denver South in Lone Tree on Saturday, February 7, for an informative and inspiring day with outstanding speakers on mental health, child care, and higher ed funding! Click here for complete details, including the check-via-mail registration form. Click here for online lodging reservations and PayPal-mediated online registration. Registration deadline: January 30, 2015. FYI: Registration scholarships available for college students!
- Jeannie Ritter, Former Colorado First Lady and Mental Health Ambassador of the Mental Health Center of Denver
- Stacy Buchanan, Vice President of Information Strategy for Qualistar
- Tracey Stewart, Principal of Colorado Impact Center for Economic Prosperity
- Claire Levy, Former Member of the Colorado House of Representatives and current Executive Director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy
- Henry Sobanet, Director of the Office of State Planning and Budgeting
- AAUW Colorado Public Policy Day at the Denver Marriott South in Lone Tree CO, February 7, 2015 (online registration available here)
- Equal Pay Day, nationwide, April 14, 2015
- AAUW Colorado State Convention in Fort Collins CO, April 24-25, 2015
- AAUW National Convention in San Diego CA, June 18-21, 2015
- Fall Leadership Conference at Lions Square Lodge in Vail CO, August 28-29, 2015
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
COMING SOON! AAUW‘s National Science Foundation-funded research report Solving the Equation: Women in Engineering and Computing. The public and private sectors are clamoring for this update to AAUW‘s 2010 report Why So Few: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Our society has traditionally discriminated against women connected with STEM. Some discrimination was subtle. Creative problem solving was geared to boys in toys such as Legos and computer games. Even AAUW restricted membership only to women with liberal arts degrees until 1963.
It has been a complicated process to increase the number of women in STEM careers, but it is now happening. More women than men are entering college — and many of those women are focused on STEM. AAUW has played a vital role. Learn more.
While AAUW is energized by its STEM victories, we are furious that we lack pay equity for women and that women tend to get fewer pay raises. The gender pay gap negatively affects all family members because of reduced income and savings and is particularly acute for single women heads of household. AND the pay gap is even wider for women of color, LGBT women, and women with disabilities.
- AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) supports women across the country in their fights for fair pay. Through LAF, AAUW has helped to support many legal cases in academia and other workplaces, including cases brought forth by the women of Wal-Mart.
- AAUW Colorado has provided $tart Salary Negotiation Workshops for Colorado students to teach them how to benchmark and negotiate fair pay for their first jobs after graduation. Efforts by our branches and Colorado-based AAUW college/university partner members continue our impetus to share this important skill set.
Schools have evolved over the decades, but our dedication to their support is needed more than ever. Since its inception, AAUW has been focused on funding for education, and it is still an issue. Adequate funding is necessary because education plays such a critical role in advancing women’s and girls’ economic and career opportunities.
AAUW has dedicated more than 120 years to the advancement of education through research, publications, leadership programs, and funding of education in areas that ensure that women and girls have access and opportunities to higher education. Learn more about AAUW efforts to advance education equity through legislation and research.
AAUW Colorado monitors legislative issues that affect funding for education and lobbies for policies that promote better opportunities for women and girls. Many of our branches award scholarships to outstanding high school women, as well as women returning to college to complete their education or change careers. Awards and recognitions are given to young women who complete outstanding science projects.