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Message from your Public Policy chair, Faye Marcus

To all AAUW members:
ERA has passed in the Illinois State Senate.  The next step is for SJRCA4 to go to the Illinois State House!  We could be the 37th state to ratify the ERA!   Are you an advocate for women and girls? Please join me and attend the ERA RALLY  in SPRINGFIELD,  TUESDAY MAY 8.
The ROCKFORD AREA ERA COALITION will be renting a bus so we can ride down in comfort.
There are only 57 seats available . The cost is $27 roundtrip for a comfortable air conditioned Van Galder bus.  Your RSVP is needed by Thursday @ noon.  Money is due by Monday @noon.
RSVP  by Thursday, May 3 @ noon
email Faye
You can drop the money off at my house or mail it to me ASAP.  Seats are filling up.  Your checks should be made out to Barbara Giolitto. We will leave at 8:30 a.m. and should return at about 6:30.  More information will be sent regarding where the bus will be.
Hope to see lots of AAUW members.  Other groups that are involved:  LWV, WOMANSPACE, WINNEBAGO COUNTY CITIZENS FOR CHOICE, INDIVISIBLE, YOUNG DEMS, and others.  We are going to storm the state capital!


AAUW Action Network
Today’s the day. April 10 marks Equal Pay Day, when women’s average earnings finally catch up to men’s earnings from the year before. With women’s average pay stalled at just 80 percent of men’s, today’s observance confirms what we already know: The gender pay gap is persistent and it’s pernicious.

I am so pleased to be a new member of the team here at AAUW taking on this fight. At our current rate of change the pay gap won’t close until 2119 — more than a century from now! We’re tired of waiting and we know that changes requires action. That’s why AAUW is tackling the gender pay gap from multiple angles including in-depth research, innovative programming, and strategic federal and state advocacy— but we can’t do it without you.

Here’s how you can do your part to fight for fair pay today:

1. Join AAUW’s national day of action by calling your state legislators at 855.934.0729 and urging them to enact strong pay equity protectionsThousands of activists are making their voices heard today. When you use our toll-free phone line you’ll hear a simple call script before being connected directly to the office of your state senator.
2. Learn more about AAUW’s new commitment to train 10 million women in salary negotiation programs by 2022 through the AAUW Work Smart program. Then share the announcement with your networks — you can help your community be the next to host a workshop to empower women with the skills and confidence they need to negotiate their salaries!
3. Donate to support our life-changing work. Your gift keeps AAUW’s priorities in the forefront, providing new, exciting opportunities for women and girls to reach their full potential.

There’s no single solution to closing the gender pay gap. But by working together and addressing the problem on multiple fronts, we can create meaningful change for women, families, businesses, and the economy.

Thank you for raising your voice with the thousands of AAUW advocates across the country taking action today for equal pay!



Deborah J. Vagins
Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Research

1310 L St. NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005


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Text PLEDGE to 21333 to join AAUW’s Day of Action on April 10

Next week, advocates across the country will observe Equal Pay Day 2018, the date that symbolizes how far women must work into 2018 to bring home the same pay as men did in just 2017 alone.

While the gender pay gap is nothing to celebrate, observing Equal Pay Day is a powerful way to raise awareness about the fight for fair pay — and that’s why we’re calling on you to take action.

Join AAUW on April 10 in a national Day of Action to close the gender pay gap by texting theword PLEDGE to phone number 21333 on your cell phone.

On Equal Pay Day – April 10, we’ll send you a reminder text with a toll-free phone number to reach your state legislators and demand pay equity. When you use our toll-free phone line, you’ll hear a simple call script before being connected directly to the office of your state legislator.

Closing the gender pay gap isn’t just the fair or right thing to do; it’s good for families, businesses, and the economy. That’s why we are joining together to demand that legislators pass strong pay equity bills in every state.

Let us know you’re committed to fighting for fair pay — text PLEDGE to phone number 21333 now!

1310 L St. NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005