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

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.

 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS – RENEWALS

Each year on July 1, we renew our membership in AAUW. This year’s membership fee is $86 which includes Springfield/Annandale Branch Dues, AAUW of VA dues and national AAUW dues. Please pay online via the email link sent to you or send you check for $86 made out to Springfield/Annandale AAUW to our treasurer, Sharon Draper.

A membership form was attached to the June/July Updates. Please pay your dues as soon as possible to allow time for us to remit dues to AAUW. Thank you for being prompt.

Shape the Future discounts are still available for new members. For further details and requirements, contact Irene McGhee.

 

2020-2021 Board

Co-Presidents – Nancy Miller and Judy Baldwin

Co-Vice Presidents for Program – Irene McGhee and Ann Sauberman

Co-Vice Presidents for Membership – Sharon Orenick and Marcy Leverenz

Secretary – Cathie Boivin

Treasurer – Sharon Draper

Public Policy – Susan Burk

Publicity – Karen Flann

Directory – Deborah Dodd

Spring Fling – Ann Sauberman and Marguerite Metzler

AAUW Funds – Ann Sauberman

Diversity – Judy Baldwin

Sunshine – Laura Lehn

Member at Large – Ginny Wells

Please note that any member may attend board meetings. Input is welcome.

 

PROGRAM NOTES

The Program committee has been meeting via ZOOM as the current pandemic situation dictates. While conditions in Northern Virginia are slowly improving, we are just on the cusp of entering Phase III and the spread of Covid-19 is still of concern to everyone. The Program Committee plans to implement ZOOM for the first several meetings of the 2020-21 year as large group meetings are still ill advised and the libraries have not yet reopened nor have any mother meeting venues. The wearing of masks and social distancing are still being recommended by our state government. This is just another one of the significant changes that our ways of life have changed in recent months. We are all looking forward to meeting again in person a soon as it is safe to do so.

As you know, we originally planned to hold our Spring Fling, postponed from March 21 and renamed Fall Fest, on September 26, 2020. However, we have debated the issue and it has become apparent that the risk will not have abated by the fall. Our coordinators, Ann Sauberman and Marguerite Metzler, have been in contact with the Springfield Golf and Country Club and are in the process of modifying arrangements. We have a tentative new date of March 27, 2021 for our annual Spring Fling.

Further details will be provided later including your payment options. Thank you for your flexibility as we attempt to keep as many of our program options and membership groups as informed and active as possible.

Marguerite Metzler and Ann Sauberman

 

PUBLIC POLICY REPORT

Anniversary of Title IX

June 23rd was the 48th anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act or 1972, a federal law that states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, rape and sexual assault.

In May, the Department of Education issued a long-anticipated but extremely harmful rule designed to substantially weaken Title IX. AAUW vigorously opposed this change for more than a year, but schools will have to comply beginning August 14, 2020. AAUW is asking members to join the effort to stop this rule from ever going into effect. We can help by contacting our elected representatives and writing letters to the editor.

The AAUW website has a collection of resources on writing letters, key talking points and background information on Title IX and the proposed rule to inform your work.Let Susan Burk know if you are interested in taking action and we can work together. We all know that it is easier to eliminate protections than to secure them.

Susan Burk

Summer Leadership Meeting

VA-AAUW has cancelled the in-person 2020Summer Leadership Meeting and the in-person board meeting for this summer at Sweet Briar College. However, the college has been very flexible and we have rescheduled with them for July 30-August 1, 2021.

We will go ahead with a virtural Summer Leadership Meeting webinar series on three consecutive days for two hours each day – July 25, July 26 and July 27 from 2-4 pm each day using Zoom. 

AAUW NEWS

Check out our new AAUW Website! This is the first major update to the website in 12 years. The nature and use of the new site is based on research regarding current best practice. The webinar that launched the new site should be posted on the national website soon. Below are some important points to know.

The new website has the same address as the old.http://www.aauw.org

Not all aspects of the new site have been completed so some clicks will take you to the old website for now.

The website has been streamlined from 15,000 pages to 250 pages as a result of a year-long analysis of the old site.

It is ADAAA for members with visiual disabilities. That means there is high contrast in color, which you will notice.

Membership is found on the menu bar at the far right top of the homepage. This is where you will find allinformation relevant to branches and members, such as resources and tools, the Five Star Program, benefits etc.

The Member Services Database (MSD) link is located under Membership. Currently the MSD links back to the old website. Nothing about MSD has changed yet. We will be notified in the Fall (2020) when MSD has been revamped.

There are three other main topics on a menu bar at the top of the homepage that provide information about AAUW. Explore the Issues (Strategies for Education, Workplace & Economic Equity, & Leadership). Get Empowered (AAUW programs like NCCWSL and Work Smart) and Take Action (2-Minute Activist, Donate.)

To SEARCH, click on the magnifying glass icon which is left of the DONATE box on every page of the website. Because everything has been streamlined, searching for something on this new site should be much easier than on the old site.

How Does This Affect Branch Site-Resources Websites?

Links to National that remain on the new website will work.

Some links to National may not work because they are not on the new website. (It was determined that they were not relevant, not used, or out of date.)

Branch and state website issues/changes will be communicated to us later.

Patsy Quick, VA AAUW VP for Communications

 

Did You Know?

You can sign up now to start your free, online salary negotiation workship. Just go to https://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 career level

 

Presidents’ Notes

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

I am writing this letter this month not as co-president but as Diversity Chair for the branch. (Bet you didn’t know we had one!) This position is part of a statewide effort of VA-AAUW to increase diversity and inclusiveness in our branches and in our outlook on the world around us.

AAUW’s Equity Express newsletter recently highlighted “3 Actions You Can Take to Fight Racism.” First was Listening. Listen when people of color speak without expecting them to work for the benefit of your learning. Listen.

Learning. Start with a book like “Racism 101: Understanding Race and Racism.” Or investigate sources such as http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES. You don’t have to look far to find good suggestionsl

Speaking Up. Talk about these issues to members of your community and call out racism when you see it. Some of AAUW’s mission areas that disproportionately affect Black women and their families are student loan debt, pay inequity and the lack of a livable minimum wage. You can learn more from AAUW’s 2020 Gender Agenda. See aauw.org/takeaction/

Did you know that Black women finish their undergraduate education with more student debt than other women? Read the updated “Deeper in Debt” report on aauw.org.

Did you know that Black mothers are up against racism, sexism and the maternal wage gap, making just 50 cents for every dollar paid to White fathers?

But never underestimate the power of a woman like Kennedy Mitchum, a 22 year old recent college graduate who said many people she talked to dismissed her concerns about racism and overlooked broader issues of racial inequality because they didn’t personally feel that way. They often cited the Merriam Webster  dictionary definition of racism as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.’

Kennedy emailed Merriam Webster to say she thought its definition of racism was inadequate. She didn’t expect to hear back but the next morning an editor replied. After a few more emails were exchanged, he agreed that the entry should be updated. “We sincerely thank you for repeatedly writing in and apologize for the harm and offense we have caused in failing to address this issue sooner.” A new definition is being drafter.

A sidelight to this is that dictionary definitions have traditionally been short and concise in order to  fit in so many words but now that most people use the dictionary online, entries can be expanded. Merriam Webster updates the dictionary two or three times a year and the new definition of racism will be ready for the next update.

Stay safe and stay healthy and look forward to the day when we can all get together again.

Judy Baldwin, Co-President

 

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