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From the President …

As I embark upon the second year of my state presidency, I aim to empower our Colorado branches with the tools to advance gender equity through advocacy. education, philanthropy, and research. The strategy is three-pronged and rooted in historic nonviolent resistance movements: mass mobilization, patriarchy defection, and flexible tactics. I’m also excited that AAUW members have included environmental sustainability in their 2017-2019 public policy program. As a wildlife biologist who studies climate change impact on terrestrial and marine animals — and lead funder of the Dr. Gerard “Jerry” Wellington Marine Climate Change Project that fosters regional collaboration between scientists in Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica — I know that climate change has a disproportionate effect on women and girls globally. I’m hoping to address some of this disparities in my Colorado branch visits this year and via a statewide webinar.

The Colorado delegation to AAUW Capitol Hill Lobby Day on June 15, 2017. Front (left to right): AAUW Colorado President Amy Blackwell, Boulder President Marilyn Leist, Colorado Springs President Paula Munger, National Member Paula Noonan, Lakewood Co-president Margene Stroup. Middle (left to right): Aurora President Pam Jones, AAUW Colorado Interbranch Council Chair and Littleton South-Metro President Jill Smith, Lakewood Co-president Donna Connolly, AAUW Colorado President-elect Stormy McDonald. Back: AAUW Director Melissa Cooke Johnsen