States Notch Multiple Equal Pay Victories in 2017
Voters are fed up with the persistent gender pay gap, and many state legislators are listening. In 2015 and 2016 dozens of legislatures proposed and enacted bills and laws addressing pay inequality. In 2017 a whopping 42 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., offered legislative solutions to the gender pay gap. While not all of these bills passed, this growing activity shows that red, blue, and purple states realize that the pay gap is real and that something needs to be done about it.
Gender & Racial Pay Gaps for 25 Major U.S. Cities
The gender pay gap is a real and consistent problem, which is all too apparent when we examine the data on the earnings of men and women. No matter how you break down the numbers—by state, by age, by education, or by occupation—the gap is substantial. And cities are not immune to this problem, as our new analysis shows.
AAUW has analyzed the pay gap faced by women of different races and ethnicities in 25 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The analysis revealed that there is a substantial gender pay gap in all 25 cities, with even larger gaps for black and Hispanic women.
AAUW Annual Art Contest
Showcase your talent by entering this exciting annual art competition. The six winning entries will be featured in a collection of note cards mailed to AAUW members in the spring.
- Submission Period – January 4 – February 4, 2018
- Voting period – February 5 – March 4, 2018
- Winner announcement – Early March 2018
You’re Going to Be Hearing about These Fearless Campus Leaders
Every year AAUW selects 10 college student leaders committed to gender equity to serve on the national Student Advisory Council (SAC). This year’s SAC members are LGBT rights leaders, engineers, student government presidents, first-generation college students, and more.
These students advise AAUW on the needs of college students, take on campus activism projects and community outreach to AAUW student organizations, and gain valuable résumé-building experience. Participants also serve as peer mentors for other aspiring student leaders during AAUW’s annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).
Who are these remarkable feminist student leaders? This year’s SAC members are LGBT rights leaders, engineers, student government presidents, first-generation college students, and more.
Upcoming AAUW National Events
Skill-Training Webinars for Members
Skill-training webinars are an easy way to learn strategies and techniques that can help your branch grow and give leaders the confidence they need to take on new challenges.
Join us on January 9 for a discussion on how to raise funds from businesses and individuals in your community for Fundraising from Other Pockets and on February 13, learn how to welcome and engage a diverse membership with the Inclusion and Equity Committee.
Membership Collaborative Briefing: Dues Increase
The AAUW Board of Directors voted to raise national dues to $59 beginning July 1, 2018. State presidents, membership vice presidents, and finance officers are invited to join this webinar to learn about the timeline for implementing changes, the resources available to help you communicate the value of belonging to local members, and the effects of the dues increase on membership campaigns. Register today (state leaders only)
Tip of the Month: Fundraising Policies- What AAUW Members Need to Know
Thanks to the generosity of AAUW members and supporters we were able to surpass our goal of raising $13,600 in honor of AAUW’s 136th birthday on Giving Tuesday (November 28). Many of those donations were made via Facebook fundraisers set up by members like you.
With the end of calendar year quickly approaching, Facebook fundraisers and social giving are a fun and easy way to raise funds and to move AAUW’s mission forward.
Learn more and remember a few fundraising policies that all AAUW members need to know.
AAUW Fundraising Policy 501 (previously 402) is designed to assist AAUW state organizations, branches, and other AAUW-affiliated entities with raising funds to support AAUW’s mission. Fundraising procedures, Internal Revenue Service regulations, and state laws change over time. The following information about Fundraising Policy 501 will help AAUW fundraising leaders and all AAUW-affiliated entities stay up-to-date and preserve their nonprofit status.
AAUW Fundraising Policy 501 was approved by the AAUW Board of Directors and took effect on July 1, 2014. Written by the AAUW Fundraising Committee with consultation from AAUW staff, the policy explains what AAUW and the IRS expect of AAUW members when fundraising in AAUW’s name. This version includes guidelines that clarify and provide examples about particular aspects of AAUW Fundraising Policy 501 in plain, easy-to-understand language.
The AAUW-Affiliated Entities Scholarship Fundraising Policy 503 was approved by the AAUW Board of Directors and took effect on July 1, 2014. Written by the AAUW Fundraising Committee with consultation from AAUW staff and legal counsel, the policy explains what AAUW and the IRS expect of AAUW members when fundraising for and administering local scholarship programs.