Welcome to the Springfield-Annandale, VA Branch of AAUW!

Membership Directory

If you have not received your new directory yet, they will be abailable for pick up at the AM and PM book groups and at the Northern District meeting, October 26. If you are unable to pick up yours at any of these events, the directory will be mailed to you.

Deborah Dodd, Directory chair

 

AAUW Mission Statement

To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. Vision: Equity for all. Values: Non-partisan. Fact based.

AAUW Diversity Statement

In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks an inclusive membership, workforce, leadership team, and board of directors. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, geographical location, national origin, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.

Did You Know?

You can sign up now to start your free, online salary negotion workship. Just go tohttps://salary.aauw.org/ to begin.

AAUW Start Smart is designed for college women who are approaching the job market.

AAUW Work Smart is designed for women in the workforce at any careet level

Learn more about the pay gap in each state. https://www.aauw.org/resources/gender-pay-gap-by-state-and-congressional-district/

 

AAUW Northern District Meeting Saturday October 26 at 1 pm

The Northern District meeting will take the place of a branch general meeting in October. Gather at 1 pm and the program will begin at 1:15 pm with Tremayne Parquet, Director of Advancement for AAUW, giving an update on some of the recent changes in the organization.

Leslie Tourigny, Virginia AAUW Co-President, will discuss what is going on in the state including the state conference which will be held in Northern Virginia next April. Cyndi Shanahan, the state board representative for Diversity and Inclusion, will talk about this new position and how the branches can contribute to this initiative. Marguerite Metzler has volunteered to be our branch Dirvesity and Inclusion representative.

Members of the Alexandria branch will present the program they have developed over the past year to deal with Human Trafficking issues and what other branches can do to support their efforts. 

Field Trip Alert

Rightfully Hers – American Women and the Vote

The National Archives has a fine exhibit on the Suffragists so Helen Cassidy and Irene McGhee are organizing a field trip to view it on Friday, October 25. Our tour time is 11 am. There is a Metro stop close by the Archives building. We will  have lunch in a nearby restaurant immediately after the tour and return home before rush hour. If you are interested or have questions, contact Irene or Nancy. They need a head count no later than Sunday, October 20. For more information on the exhibit, go to https://museum.archives.gov/rightfully-hers

 

Movies at Midweek

Wednesday at the movies has returned on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  As usual, the movie selection will be announded on the previous Friday. If you can join us, we will meet in the lobby at Cinema Arts prior to the film and then convene at First Watch afterwards for a discussion of the movie with lunch. Please RSVP to this email so we will know how many seats to save for lunch or who to notify if severe weather causes a cancellation.

 

Dine Around

Dine Around for this month is on Monday, October 28 at the Villa Bella Restaurant, 6050 Burke Commons Road, Burke Center (in the shopping center with the Walmart) at 5:30 pm. Please let Cathie Boivin know if you plan to attend no later than Friday, October 25. We can promise you a relaxing dinner with great good and stimulating company. (And if you say you are coming but something comes up and  you can’t, please let Cathie know so we can go ahead and order.

Spring Fling

The 2019 Spring Fling luncheon will be  held on March 21, 2020 at the Springfield Golf and Country Club. After a silent auction and a delicous lunch, the noted speaker Joan Michelson will talk. Contact your friends and family so they can save the date. More details soon.

Ann Sauberman and Marguerite Metzler, Spring Fling Co-Chairs

Silent Auction 

In addition to donations of objects and gift cards, we would like to have “Experiences” such as offering a nature walk *Birding, finding wildlife), a behind the scenes tour, a private tour of a museum or historical site, cooking lessons, handicraft sessons, painting lessons, using Facebook or Microsoft Office, paddle boarding lessons, sailing lessons, photography. The list is endliess. You could offer a dessert or appetizer for a future date, tickets for a sports event or theater prformance, a boat ride to see the sunset. Use your imagination and contact Karen Flann for more information or to make an offer.

 

White House Ornament Sale

The 2019 White House Christmas Ornament commenorates the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, our 34th president and represents the first ukse of the Skiorsky helicopter during his administration. Cost is $21 each and they are going fast. Contact Ann Sauberman to get yours.

Ann Sauberman, AAUW Fund chair

The White House ornaments  have absolutely nothing to do with the current occupant. The White House Historical Association is part of the National Park Service. When Jackie Kennedy moved into the white House, she found it was furnished with imitation antiques and most of the valuable historic items nad been sold or disappeared. She created the Historical Association and set about raising money to refurbish and to buy back items or to persuade owners to donate those that had once been there. Each year the ornaments honors a previous president in chronological order.

 

Public Policy

AAUW Federal Lobby Day: Thursday, October 17, 2019

An opportunity for our members to join AAUW’s Lobby Corps and visit congressional offices in support of AUW’s public policy priorities will be Federal Lobby Day, October 17. We will receive logistical details and information on the sites closer to that actual date. We expect this to be a morning activity. If you would like to join in, contact Susan Burk by October 10.

Addressing Pay Equity

We will advocate for pay equity legislation as well as ERA ratification in the 2020 Virginia legislative session. The ERA continues to gain attention with the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment’s ratification occuring next year. There is important new momentum in the fight for equal pay as well and AAUW will be on the front lines. The U.S. World Cup Championship Women’s Soccer Team has “kicked” the issue to a wider audience and we are hearing more from the acting community about inequality in remuneration there. And, regretably, the gender pay gap remains largely unchanged.

At the same time, there have been positive developments. Passage in June of the Paycheck Fairnexx Act of 2019 in the U.S. House of Representatives was a milestone although it is still waiting for action in the U.S. Senate. The Paycheck Fairness Act of 2019 prohibits employers from using salary history, protects against retaliation for discussing pay with coclleagues, and ensures equal pay for equal work – measures we would like to see the Virginia Legislature embrace. Although draft bills concerning pay equity and banning questions of salary history have never made it o ut of committee in Richmond, we were pleased to see that Governor Ralph Northam issued the Employment Equity Iniative this past June that specifically eliminated Questions about salary history on applications for state employees. the Governor’s initiative and the Paycheck Fairness Act provide new points of departure for our efforts in Richmond.

AAUW Reacts to Stagnant Gender Pay Gap Numbers

AAUW Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Churches issued the following attement in response to newly released I.S. Census Bureau figures showing that the gender gap remains unchanged:

“Pay equity has dominated headlines this year, but change has yet to reach our pocketbooks and bank accounts. Today’s news is that women still make 82 cents on the dollar compared to men. And the numbers are dramatically worse for Black women (62 cents) and Latinas (54 cents) compared to white men.

“But there’s nothing new about that: These statistics have been stuck around the same levels for almost two decades. Based on historic rates, the gap won’t close for 75 years – until 2093. And that’s just too long. It’s time we all stand up and demand basic fairness.

“Note: The U.S. Census Bureau adjusted its pay data methodology for the 2018 year, changing the reported gap, but this does not reflect a real change in America. The gap is not statistically different from last year.

“What is news is the fact that momentum is building toward closing the gap.  And that can and will accelerate change if we keep pushing it forward:

“2019 was a monumental year for pay equity laws with a record 11 state laws from across the political spectrum enacting new legislation. On a federal level, the Paycheck Fairfess Act passed in the U.S. House of REpresentatives and remains under consideration in the U.S. Senate.

“Employers around the country are changing policies – ranging from removing salary history questions from the hiring process to regularly auditing existing pay levels – to stop practices that perpetuate the pay gap. They are finidng that such actions are essential for attracting and retaining employees and customers – and that their businesses benefit as a result.

“Employers with 100 or more employees are required for the first time to report pay data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by September 30, 2019 based on sex, race, and ethnicity. This data is an important step in order for the EEOC to identify trends in pay discrepancies and for employers to examine and remedy any problems they encounter.

“Beyond pay equity, professions dominated by women pay less and girls and women are more likely to be steered into lower paying fields throughout their educations and careers. We need to take a deep, hard look at addressing economic equity. This isn’t a women’s issue. This is a family issue.

“We need to look at why women make up more than 60 percent of minimum wage workers, but fewer than six percent of corporate CEO’s. We need to build pathways for girls and women into STEM and offcer higher paying careers. We need to finally support family and medical leave, accessible affordable quality childcare, flexibility in workplaces, ending sexual harassment and other factors that contribute to the imbalance.

“We can’t be willing to wait 75 years for pay equity – we need to push for the changes to reach it now.”

Thanks for all you do to harness the energy of AAUW to change the climate for women and girls.

Susan Burk and Sylvia Rogers, Co-Vice Presidents for Public Policy, AAUW of Virginia

 

SAVE THE DATES

December 4, 2019 – League of Women Voters Legislative Roundtable, Richmond.

January 13, 2020 – Reception for Virginia’s Women Legislators, Richmond.

January 15, 2020 – State Lobby Day, Richmond

February 12, 2020 – State Lobby Day, Richmond

Susan Butk, Co-Vice President for Public Policy, AAUW of Virginia, and Public Policy Chair for Springfield/Annandale branch.

 

Publicity

Do you want to help with Publicity? If your local community neighborhood has a newsletter or other communication tool, we’d like your help in publiizing our programs. Contact Karen Flann (her email is in our membership directory or use the “Contact Us” page of this site) and let her know you would like to help get the word out. We plan to have several options of information that could be sent.

Thanks for your help in growing the branch.

 

Presidents’ Notes

 Judy Baldwin and Nancy Miller, Co-Presidents, Springfield-Annandale,

We have had some difficulties with scheduling general  meetings last year and at the start of this year. The board is truly sorry for this state of affairs because we know it’s difficult when things keep changing. Planned on locations have suddenly become unavailable and the choices have been to find a new location for that same date and time or keep the location and change the time or to reschedule the meeting to another date. No matter which choice is made, it’s confusing and some of you just don’t come.

Speakers have needed to change a date because of something that has come up in their lives and that often means changing the location too. We feel attendance was hurt and possibly membership renewals went down because of this. So here we are at the beginning of the new AAUW year already having had to move the September general meeting because suddenly the government center wasn’t available. I do send out reminders about meetings and additional emails when something changes but I am afraid not everyone reads them. If this happens again – and I sure hope it won’t – I will use the phone tree to notify everyone of changes.

So, please bear with us. We have some interesting programs coming u p. they are listed in your directory and on the website and will be in the monthly updates. There are some gaps where programs are not in place or locations secured, but we will let you know what’s going on as soon as we can.

In lieu of an October general meeting, all members are invited to attend the AAUW Northern District meeting on Saturday, October 26 at 1 pm at the Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd in Falls Church. SPeakers will update us on changes at the national level and on what is going on in the state, including the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. And the ALexandria branch will present their program to deal with Human Trafficing isues.

Yes, this location is not in Springfield or Annandale, but it’s only about a 15 minute drive for most of us, the building is very visible, and there is plenty of parking. Please come, hear the speakers, and mix with AAUW members from all over the area. We are a great group of women!

Judy Baldwin, Co-President

 

AAUW supports equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

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