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Letters from the Co-Presidents
Hard to believe but this is our last co-presidents’ letter! It’s been an absolute honor to serve the branch. We are grateful for your membership and involvement in our AAUW- Alexandria family – especially in a time which has been so complex for the country and the world. We’ve come together to build connectedness while isolated, and to accomplish quite a bit. I hope you have taken advantage of our Zoom meetings, and that you will join us for the May 23, 2p Virtual Annual Meeting.
Now we want to ask something (more) of you. I (Lane) am on a personal mission to get rid of the phrase “violence against women,” and replace it with “male violence” or even, “male violence against women.” According to the World Health organization, and common sense, almost all the abuse I’m talking about is committed by men. let’s put accountability on men who commit these acts and on the culture that allows it. Passive language makes it sound like this happens to women, like there’s no one doing it to them.
Are you with us on this?
See you at the Annual Meeting,
Lane and Gail AAUW-Alexandria Co-presidents
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WHAT WE DO AND WHO WE ARE:
“In 1885, as its first research report, AAUW’s predecessor organization called the Association of Collegiate Alumnae (ACA) set out to disprove the ridiculous theory that a college education would harm a woman’s health and result in infertility.
“Annie Howes, who led the ACA’s survey committee at the time, developed a series of 40 questions and sent them to 1,290 members. Of those women, 705 submitted responses. The results of the study showed that 78 percent were in good health and 5 percent in fair health and that, not surprisingly, education did not adversely affect women’s health. The final report, Health Statistics of Female College Graduates, was published in conjunction with the Massachusetts Bureau of Statistics of Labor.”