Welcome to the Alexandria, VA branch of AAUW!
SAVE THE DATE!
Letter from the Presidents
For the first time in history, we may elect our first woman US President in a couple of months. Yet, there is not the feeling of excitement that prevailed in the country in 2008 when we elected our first black President. No matter how you feel about the candidates or who you vote for it is important that you vote – women fought long and hard for that right and we must exercise it.
We want to thank all of our members who volunteered to help Leslie and Lane with Get Out The Vote at NOVA. We are very proud to have so many of you help people register to vote at eight different sessions.
Our next speaker Dr. Larry Korb will discuss new aspects of this upcoming election as he talks about “ElectionandForeignPolicy”onThursday,October13,from7to8:30PM. Youshouldhavereceiveda flyer on this. If not, please let us know.
Our first event this year was the MEET AND GREET reception, which had a number of guests as well as about 20 members attend. Caroline Pickens enthralled us with stories of women leaders and events in the history of AAUW, showing all the progress we have made over the years. We are eager to have some new groups created, so again, please let us know what you would like to do since it is YOUR AAUW Branch.
Also, as you know, two of our organization’s national concerns are the barriers and biases that women of leadership face in many areas, including the wage gap and pay equity. Although the gap has narrowed since the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, the average women still takes home only 80 percent of men’s median earnings. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) recently introduced a bill, “Pay Equity for All Act” and the City of Alexandria is taking major strides towards this goal. We are very pleased to see the good work promoted by our City Council in Alexandria.
Recently mentioned in the Washington Post: http://wapo.st/2dc66gX?tid=ss_mail the Alexandria, Virginia city government now pays women and men very nearly the same for similar jobs, according to the first-ever study of pay equity. We hope you will support efforts to bring pay equity to everyone in the workforce.
There are several events planned in October beyond our regular program, including the Northern Virginia District Meeting in Burke, VA on “Gender Bias in Politics” and our cultural event, the Alexandria Ghost Tour in Old Town. If you love cultural events, don’t forget to sign up for the listserv with Paula. Our book club is reading “ The Girl on the Train” – coming out shortly as a thriller movie.
Don’t forget to save the dates for upcoming events in November and December including our Holiday Party on December 11th at Belle Haven Country Club.
Danielle and Ginger Co-Presidents, Alexandria AAUW
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