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2017 May 20

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Support AAUW Tech Trek Camp and STEM with a T-shirt

2017 April 26
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If you like T-shirts and great causes, we have a STEM T-shirt for you. John Roberts- Zibbel,a faculty member at BGSU, is the artist.

Every T-shirt sold goes to support the girls at AAUW Tech Trek Camp. It costs around $800 dollars for each camper, and we raise all of the funds except $50 for each camper. 

Buy your “Science” T-shirt today and support STEM learning for girls!

Fill a Purse for Change at AAUW of Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2017

2017 April 12

Silent Auction: Fill a Purse for Change

This year’s AAUW Ohio Silent Auction at Equity Day & Convention 2017 will have a new theme: Fill a Purse for Change. The idea behind the theme is to replace a basket with a purse and fill it with items for the auction.

As a branch, you can purchase a designer bag and just put that bag in the auction to raffle as another option. We suggest that you provide one fabulous purse — filled or not filled — with a value of at least $150. Philanthropy VP Deborah Wooldridge will provide the auction with a Luis Vuitton bag or a Michael Kors bag to get things rolling. Remember that Vera Bradley bags are always a hit and catch the interest of bidders.

Another thing we will be doing this year is a Race for Change Contest among the Districts. As tickets are bought stickers will go up on a board throughout the conference and we will announce the District winner at the ending session. Many organizations do this at international, national and local conferences and this will let everyone have a chance to be philanthropic.

Let’s bring our checkbook and support AAUW funds through giving! Our goal at the Conference this year is $5,000. I know we can do it because we all want change for women and girls!

If you need more information, contact Deborah Wooldridge at dgwoold@bgsu.edu.

Join Freedom of Choice Ohio Statehouse Advocacy Day

2017 April 8

Wondering what you can do to stop legislative attacks on abortion access in Ohio?Join the Freedom of Choice Ohio Coalition (FOCO) for their annual ROE Together Statehouse Advocacy Day!

Wednesday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Columbus Athenaeum
32 North 4th Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Learn about the multiple threats to reproductive rights in our state, as well as a proactive legislative agenda. Armed with information and training, advocate to your legislators at the Ohio Statehouse to show them that their constituents do not support abortion bans or attacks on funding.

Online registration is now open on FOCO’s Eventbrite page. Early bird tickets purchased before April 23 are $15 ($5 for students).

Can’t attend? You can still make your voice heard!
Email your legislators and urge them to oppose the Ohio Senate’s anti-choice bill.

Public Policy News – April 2017

2017 April 3

By Karen Rainey, AAUW Ohio Public Policy Chair, kgraauw@yahoo.com

Now that the ACA is safe for the time being, we can turn our attention to other issues.

Equal Pay Day April 4

It’s that time again—the day that we mark the gender pay gap. One example is found in AAUW’s Graduating to a Pay Gap: Even after accounting for factors including college major, occupation, hours worked, age, geographical region and marital status, there is a 7 percent difference in the earnings of male and female college graduates a year after graduation.

AAUW is asking us to write letters to the editor and op-eds to build awareness of the pay gap issue and has provided the resources to do so by email. Other AAUW resources include the publications The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap and Quick Facts on the Gender Pay Gap; and the fact sheet “The Gender Pay Gap: Ohio,” which includes the earnings rations of men to women by congressional district (the data are from 2015, but the fact sheet was updated this February).

There are other resources as well: the National Committee on Pay Equity lists numerous fact sheets and can be found at www.pay-equity.org.  And if you google “gender pay gap,” you’ll find numerous recent articles referencing the gap. There’s still a lot of misunderstanding out there—do what you can to change that.

School Testing Under Study

The Ohio Department of Education has chosen to delay submitting its plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to the federal Department of Education in order to review the state’s testing program. The delay until September will allow the state department to appoint an advisory committee on assessments to study ways to streamline testing and to develop a better strategy. Superintendent Paolo DeMaria said the committee will focus on the full range of testing issues — including state-required tests, as well as district-level tests.   The committee’s first meeting was March 21. Its work is expected to be completed in June.

In addition to the concern of too many tests and teaching to the test, there is concern about unequal resources for testing around the state.   In particular, the third grade reading test is computerized, but students in school districts with fewer technological resources are at a disadvantage in using computers and do not fare as well. Some districts have asked to give the test on paper, but have been refused. The “paper vs. computer” controversy needs to be dealt with as well.

Planned Parenthood Still Threatened

Having dodged defunding in the failed American Health Care Act (AHCA), one would hope that Planned Parenthood health centers could relax a little—but no. The US Senate is preparing to overturn a Title X rule put in place in the Obama administration. That rule forbids states from withholding Title X funding for family planning providers for any reason other than an inability to provide services effectively, thus banning attempts to defund providers that also offer abortion services. (Title X provides the funding for family planning and other preventive care.) The vote may occur before you receive this, but if you have the opportunity, please call your senator and ask that the rule not be overturned.

Update on Legislation

House Bill 1, the bill to allow for civil protection orders to be obtained by victims of domestic violence in dating relationships, has had two hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee chair is Sen. Kevin Bacon—his number is 614-466-8064; call to express support.

Senate Bill 4 is also in Sen. Bacon’s committee; there’s been no change in its status since February. It would expunge the records of victims of human trafficking who committed crimes as a result of being trafficked. Again, call Sen. Bacon to urge action.

House Bill 86, to increase the state minimum wage to $10.10, has seen no action.

House Bill 49, the state operating budget, is now being discussed in the Senate Finance Committee in informal hearings, although it has not yet passed the House. A number of agencies have appeared in House hearings asking for larger appropriations. Among these, the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association is seeking a $30 million per year increase to serve the children caught up in the opiate crisis, $10 million a year from TANF funds for expanding kinship caregivers, and $4 million for child support programs.   The opiate crisis has led to children losing their parents and being placed in foster care or with relatives, often grandparents, straining the budgets of agencies serving them.

Another concern likely to be dealt with in the budget is the popular College Credit Plus program, where high school students can take college courses at no cost. The problem is that costs are unpredictable to the schools and the colleges and several private colleges have dropped out of the program. Several reforms, including a cap on the cost of text books, are suggested.   Eligibility standards are also proposed.

K-12 school funding is still up in the air.

House Bill 102, School Funding Reform, is a reintroduction of a bill introduced in the lame duck session and described in the January newsletter. intended to be a starting point for discussion of school funding reform, the plan would do away with all local levies and fund schools with a new statewide property tax, Ohio Lottery profits, and General Revenue funding. Under the bill, the state would also assume all local bond debt for school districts. (Cost savings would be achieved through the state’s better bond ratings.)

Essentially, the money would follow the child. The state would pay a specified amount per student that each student may use to attend the public or chartered nonpublic school of the student’s choice, without the requirement of a local contribution. Charter schools and traditional public schools would be funded at the same rate, except that e-schools would be funded at a 70% rate because they have less overhead. All state scholarship programs would be eliminated. Transportation would be handled by educational service centers on a regional basis. The bill has been referred to the House Finance committee; no hearings have been scheduled to date.

Senate Bill 85, the Opportunity Scholarship Program Creation, had its first hearing in the Senate Education Committee on March 22. Sponsored by Sen. Matt Huffman, it was described in the March newsletter; it would create a unified school voucher program and educational savings accounts. Several concerns were raised by committee members—one, that it creates a state preference for private schools, not only paying tuition but giving a bonus via the educational savings account (ESA), according to Sen. Peggy Lehner, committee chair. The ESA would be funded by the difference between the cost of private school tuition and the amount of the student’s voucher, with students encouraged to shop for lower-priced private schools in order to save the difference. It was suggested by Sen. Vern Sykes that the program would be unfair to students in public schools as they would not receive any funding for an educational savings account.

A fiscal analysis of the bill is not yet available, but Huffman believes the bill would reduce the amount of money necessary to educate children in Ohio.

FOCO Advocacy Day May 3

Mark your calendars—Freedom of Choice Ohio will hold its annual advocacy day on Wednesday, May 3, at the Columbus Athenaeum, 32 North 4th Street, Columbus 43215 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The cost is a nominal $15 for early registration; this ends on April 23. For students, the cost is $5 for early registration. You can register at www.eventbrite.com/e/roe-together-columbus.  As a member of FOCO, AAUW Ohio is a co-sponsor of the event.

The program will explore the multiple threats to reproductive health care and introduce a proactive legislative agenda. Participants will be prepared for meetings with their legislators to show that they do not support abortion bans or attacks on funding.

As always, your questions and comments are welcomed. I’d really like to hear what public policy programs your branches have held this year, and what issues you would like to address next year.

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We’re at AAUW Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2017, May 5-6

2017 March 29

The AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2017 schedule and full program is available — and you can still register today and download the full program now.

Once the event is over, please complete our 2017 AAUW Ohio Convention Evaluation form.

Dates: May 5-6
Theme: “Women: Be the Change”
Location: Doubletree by Hilton in Columbus.

Cost

Registration for members:

Friday-only rate: $84
Saturday-only rate: $74
Two-day rate: $154
Student rate: $45

Registration for non-members (until May 6):

Friday-only rate: $89
Saturday-only rate: $79
Two-day rate: $168

*Fees include: speakers, use of facility, Friday evening dinner, Saturday lunch, hotel wi-fi, parking, and tech support.

Accommodations: Click here to book your hotel room. The special Convention rate of $129 is good through April 15.

Program

Scroll down for screenshots of the program preview or download the full version.
  • Registration Instructions
  • Schedule
  • Speaker Biographies
  • Session Topics
  • Silent Auction and ‘Book Study’ Information
  • Convention Menu
  • Details of our Friday, May 5, discussion of the White Paper: Women and Economic Empowerment from 3:30 – 5:15 p.m. Download the white paper by clicking on the link above.
We have tons of exciting presentations including:
  • College Women’s Issues: Exploring the Roles of Race, Gender and Class
  • The STEM Education Ladder: Participation and Progress
  • An Inside View of the State School Board
  • People for Safe Water – Springfield Branch Spotlight
  • National Conference for College Women and Student Leaders (NCCWSL)
  • Concert Conversations on Autism and Inclusion
  • Implications of Menstruation on economics, education, the gender pay gap, and human rights
  • Global Reality on Economic Social, and Cultural struggles of women
  • Delores Pressley – The Power of an UP Woman: Undeniably Powerful!

Scroll down for screenshots of the program.

Participate in our Friday, May 5, discussion of the White Paper: Women and Economic Empowerment from 3:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Civics 101: Get Informed, Get Engaged, Get Results

2017 March 24

Join local officials, political scientists, and your neighbors for a free, three-part series covering the basics of the political process and how you can actively and effectively participate. The series is nonpartisan, and all are welcome.

April 1: Foundations of Federal Government

April 8: All Politics is Local

April 15: Power to the People

All sessions are from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and will be held at the Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20189 N. Dixie Hwy., Bowling Green.

To RSVP and for more information, please visit www.facebook.com/Civics101BG

Sponsored by:
The League of Women Voters of Bowling Green
BGSU Center for Community and Civic Engagement
American Association of University Women of Bowling Green
Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation
GFWC Women’s Club of Bowling Green
The Common Good

Southeast District meeting includes history symposium

2017 March 21

All members of the Southeast District are invited to participate in a special History Symposium on Saturday, April 1, in Chillicothe. 

Our five branch presidents are enthusiastically encouraged to attend and to bring along three or more of their branch members to this special event.  To entice you, all branch presidents may attend for just $10 (the cost of lunch), and will receive a cash refund of $20 for their registration fee by our event fund.  The members you bring along will pay the full Symposium fee of $30, but will be entered into a Southeast District prize drawing for a basket of restaurant gift cards.

During the lunch break, you and all attending Southeast District members will meet to share Branch successes and ideas for engaging new members. Our District is the smallest of the State’s five and we currently represent 16% of statewide membership.  Let’s see how we can grow.

After the Symposium, all of you are invited to take free tours of the Ross County Historical Museum and the Lucy Hayes Heritage Center, which are within walking distance of each other. 

ABOUT THE HISTORY SYMPOSIUM

Location:  The Ross County Historical Society, 45 W. Fifth Street, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601, (740) 772-1936.

Chillicothe, Ohio is a history-rich town, having served as Ohio’s first capital and home to many historically significant and influential people. In collaboration with Ohio University, the Ross County Historical Society will host a symposium on the First Ladies of the United States.

Date & Time:     Saturday, April 1, 2017   *   8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

PROGRAM  DETAILS

This symposium is part of History on the Move, a program of the History Department at Ohio University.

“Lemonade Lucy, Her Predecessors, and Her Successors”

Presenter: Dr. Katherine Jellison is Professor and Chair of History at Ohio University, where she teaches courses on U.S. women’s and gender history. Her publications include Entitled to Power: Farm Women and Technology, 1913-1963 (University of North Carolina Press, 1993) and It’s Our Day: America’s Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005 (University Press of Kansas, 2008), both of which include “guest appearances” by a few first ladies. She frequently appears in print and on television and radio as a commentator on first ladies and their role in U.S. politics and history.

“A person in her own right [and] a charming woman: Image-making in Jacqueline Kennedy’s White House”

Presenter: Dr. Karen Dunak is Associate Professor of History at Muskingum University, where she teaches a variety of classes on modern U.S. history and topics related to women, gender and sexuality, and cultural history. She is the author of As Long As We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America (NYU Press, 2013) and a contributing author of Of the People, a textbook survey of U.S. history published by Oxford University Press. She currently is working on a project examining the relationship between Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and American media.

“Who Elected Her?”

Presenter: Eryn Kane is a History Ph.D. candidate at Ohio University. Her research focuses on postwar American gender norms and the role of the first lady. Her article, “Mrs. President?,” was published in Wiley Blackwell’s A Companion to Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter (2016), and she has advised the U.S. National Park Service in the renovation of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Ga.

REGISTRATION DETAILS

The $30 registration fee includes a box lunch from Panera Bread.

Pre-registration is required. 

To complete the registration process, please use the link at www.ohio.edu/cas/history/news-events/firstladies.cfm.   

Special Bonus:  Participants may tour the Ross County Heritage Center and the Lucy Hayes Heritage Center for FREE following the symposium. Spend the day in Beautiful Chillicothe!  Enjoy dinner, too, in one of our locally owned downtown restaurants before returning home.

http://www.rosscountyhistorical.org/

http://www.ohio.org/destination/chillicothe/historic-sites/lucy-hayes-heritage-center

I will be delighted to spend the day with you when you attend the Symposium.  Call me with any questions.  Register soon. 

Maryjo Flamm-Miller
Southeast District Coordinator 

Public Policy News – March 2017

2017 March 11

By Karen Rainey, AAUW Ohio Public Policy Chair, kgraauw@yahoo.com

New Voucher Proposal

Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) is introducing a proposal to consolidate three school voucher programs and create the Ohio Opportunity Scholarship, with higher scholarship amounts based on a sliding income scale. The three programs targeted for consolidation are the Cleveland, the traditional EdChoice and the EdChoice expansion. (The Autism Scholarship and the Jon Peterson Special needs Scholarship programs would not be included.) The intent is to expand school choice to serve middle-class students.

All vouchers would be funded at the state level rather than deducted from a school’s state aid. Other differences in the new plan from existing programs are that geography (program boundaries) and “failing” schools would no longer be the deciding factors; the program would also be open to all grades. Parents earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level would be eligible for vouchers, based on a sliding scale. Base scholarship amounts would be set at $5,000 for elementary and middle school students and $7,500 for high school students. There is no cap in the proposal on the number of scholarships.

AAUW has long opposed the use of public funds for nonpublic elementary and secondary education.  There is an additional concern with this proposed expansion that the program would aid families who can already afford a private school. The proposal is not yet in bill form; at some point, it could also be wrapped into the state budget. We’ll be watching.

Working with Indivisible Groups 

Indivisible groups have been formed in many of the communities where our branches are located. Their goals and methods frequently correspond with AAUW’s goals and approach to advocacy. Branches wishing to work with Indivisible groups may do so, provided that the focus remains non-partisan and does not violate AAUW’s rules around collaboration (Policy 600). Branches are free to advocate for those positions included in AAUW’s Public Policy Program and any questions about specific federal legislation can be directed to advocacy@aauw.org. 

Sexual Assault on Campus

Did you know that Ohio spent $2 million in the past two years to develop model best practices for preventing and responding to campus sexual assault? That amount was allocated to the Department of Higher Education in the last biennial budget; the result is the publication of “Changing Campus Culture: Preventing & Responding to Campus Sexual violence.” In its first year, 79 out of Ohio’s 88 public and private campuses reported making significant progress implementing its recommendations.   You can find the report here: www.ohiohighered.org/ccc/report.

More than 100 sexual assaults were reported on Ohio’s public campuses in 2013; the actual number is probably higher in that assaults tend to be underreported. A key recommendation is to empower staff, faculty, campus law enforcement and students to prevent and respond to sexual violence through training. As an example, bystander training encourages people to intervene if they think they witnessed an incident. Components are raising awareness, building a sense of responsibility, speaking up, and building skills and confidence.

If your branch has a college campus nearby, you can monitor the implementation of the recommendations, which were to go into effect last fall. Also know that AAUW has updated its Quick Facts on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in School and has other materials as well—including “10 Ways to Fight against Sexual Assault on Campus” and “Here’s Your Talking-Points Memo on Campus Sexual Assault.”   Title IX federal enforcement is now in doubt under Education Secretary DeVos, which compels us to be even more vigilant.

Legislative Update

House Bill 1, the bill to allow for civil protection orders to be obtained by victims of domestic violence in dating relationships, has passed the House by a vote of 92-2. There’s no word yet on Senate action.

Senate Bill 4, to expunge the records of victims of human trafficking who committed crimes as a result of being trafficked, has had two hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee but has no momentum at this time. The committee chair is Kevin Bacon; call him at 614-466-8064 to express your support.

House Bill 86 has just been introduced; it would increase the state minimum wage to $10.10 beginning January 1, 2019. Sponsored by Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid), it has been referred to the Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee. Although worthy of support, it likely won’t go far in this polarized legislature.

House Bill 49, the state operating budget, includes the governor’s proposal that teachers be required to do externships with businesses in order to renew their licenses, beginning in 2018. The governor’s intent is to inform teachers on what is needed to succeed in the world of work, but there is considerable pushback from teachers who cite the proposal as unnecessary and even demeaning to the education profession. This may not survive the budget process.

Convention Session: An Inside View of the State School Board

The Public Policy breakout session at the state convention on May 6 will feature two new members of the State Board of Education, both elected last fall and endorsed by AAUW. Dr. Antoinette Miranda and Meryl Johnson will give their perspective on the workings of the state board and on the proposed state budget for education. Plan to attend and bring your questions.

New State Public Policy Brochure Available 

AAUW Ohio’s public policy program brochure has been reprinted and is available if you should want copies for distribution. Just send me an email (kgraauw@yahoo.com) with an address and the quantity needed.

Useful Resources

Here’s a reminder that the Women’s Public Policy Network has published “What’s at Stake for Women if the ACA is Repealed.” You can find it at www.womenspublicpolicynetwork.org. It’s a great resource when you’re discussing what needs to be preserved if the ACA disappears.

Innovation Ohio’s feature On the Budget now has available a comparison of school funding in the years 2010 and 2018 by school district. You can find it at www.innovationohio.org/comparing-school-funding-2010-2018/.

Policy Matters Ohio’s feature Budget Bites just posted an item on affordable college and Ohio’s underinvestment in higher education. You can find it at www.policymattersohio.org.

As always, your questions and comments are welcomed.

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Young women leaders can apply for AAUW Ohio NCCWSL scholarship

2017 March 2
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Spread the word: Young women who want to enhance their leadership skills may apply for the AAUW Ohio scholarship to NCCWSL, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, which will be held May 31-June 3 at the University of Maryland in College Park.

NCCSWL is just one AAUW Campus Action Project.

AAUW Ohio will support the conference by underwriting two students to attend it. Each student will receive $400 toward their registration.

Student leaders should download the application and apply by the March 29 deadline in order to be considered.

Scholarship recipients are expected to complete a follow-up learning activity on their campus or with AAUW Ohio and its branches.