Ever wanted to meet a member of Congress? Guess what? They want to meet you, too!
In just 10 days, your senators and representative will be in your community to meet with you, their constituents, about the issues that matter to you. This congressional recess, happening the week of Memorial Day, is your last chance to talk to your senators and representative face to face before the Equal Pay Act’s 50th anniversary in June. Don’t miss this opportunity to urge your elected officials in person to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act — and don’t forget to bring the cake.
A cake? Yes, a cake! Many of you are already familiar with the concept of distributing or selling cookies with a “bite” taken out representing the 23 percent gender pay gap. As part of an in-district meeting with your member of Congress this month, you could do a variation of this concept: bringing a cake with a 23 percent slice missing. Think of it as a birthday cake with this message: “What’s better than the Equal Pay Act’s 50th anniversary? A Paycheck Fairness Act birthday.”
We’ve prepared a step-by-step guide to planning an equal pay cake activity as part of your in-district meeting and a colorful graphic (see above) you can print as a sticker to place on the cake box. The project is easy to plan, and it’s just the kind of thing to get everyone’s attention, including local media— plus, it will make for some great pictures!
Not in a cake mood, or want to focus on another issue besides equal pay? That works too! Consult our tried-and-true tips for scheduling and preparing for a visit with your member of Congress on any topic. Once your meeting is scheduled, register it with the AAUW Public Policy and Government Relations department so we can help you with talking points and materials.
Remember, your elected officials work for you. Want them to do a better job representing your views? They’ll never know if you don’t ask!
- Your mom skills have inspired a dance party that we can’t stop watching. Check out your dance celebration, and have a great Mother’s Day! If you’re not a mom, you can still rock out by giving this dance award to a mom you love and passing the video on to her.
- On Thursday, AAUW released a new research report, Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success. Now is a great time to start planning your research panel watch party!
A Rally for Equity at the University of Akron will be held Wednesday, May 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. between the Student Union and Buchtel Hall.
The Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association, which advocates for the interests of part-time faculty members in institutions of higher learning in the state of Ohio, is coordinating the rally.
The pay inequities of adjunct faculty was a topic at the AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention when Marisa Allison, acting director of research at the New Faculty Majority Foundation, presented a breakout session about adjunct faculty in higher education. It was titled “Women as ‘Professor Staff‘: Gender Inequity in the Academy.”
As Allison pointed out, women make up a large percentage of part-time faculty, so the lack of equity in the higher education workplace hits them hard.
At Ohio State University, for example, 35 percent of the faculty is tenured or tenure-track, while 65 percent is contingent. Of the total number of faculty, less than half, or 42 percent, are female. But when it comes to contingent faculty, it is clearly a woman’s world. Females comprise 72 percent of contingent faculty, according to the figures Allison provided.
Professor Matthew W. Green Jr., an expert on employment discrimination, will share his expertise on employment discrimination and retaliation at the Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst BranchLegal Advocacy program, Wednesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. at the Cleveland Marshall School of Law at Cleveland State University, 1801 Euclid Ave., Room 237.
Professor Green is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he was associate managing editor of the Law Review. He also received his LLM from the Columbia University School of Law.
His experience, before joining the faculty at Cleveland Marshall School of Law, included being a law clerk in the US District Court of the District of Maryland and the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and as a litigation associate with Hogan & Hartson and with Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, where he focused on employment discrimination and retaliation.
Don’t miss your opportunity to play a role in AAUW leadership. AAUW is now accepting applications for 2013–15 national committee and task force appointments; the deadline is May 1.
Make your voice heard by voting on AAUW’s leadership, Public Policy Program, and bylaws. Vote online now through June 10.
For more information, reference the voter guide in your Spring/Summer issue of Outlook magazine or the e-mail that you received last week.
“School Funding: It’s Complicated” will be the topic April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Orange Branch of the Delaware County District Library, 7171 Gooding Boulevard.
A panel will discuss the issue of school funding in Ohio. Find out how your school tax dollars will be used now and what is proposed for the next biennium.
The panel members are: Michael Collins, Member of the State Board of Education; Andrew Brenner, State Representative and Vice Chair of the House Education committee; Barbara Shaner, Associate Executive Director of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials.
This Forum is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Delaware County and the Delaware Branch AAUW.
Testimony on Sub. House Bill 59
Before the House Finance and Appropriations Committee
The Hon. Ron Amstutz, Chair
By Karen Rainey, AAUW of Ohio Public Policy Advocate
April 12, 2013
Chairman Amstutz and members of the committee:
My name is Karen Rainey, and I am speaking for AAUW of Ohio, representing 1,500 members in 44 branches throughout Ohio. Since 1881, AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women) has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW’s members-adopted public policy program makes increased access to quality, affordable health care and family planning services a priority.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the two leading causes of death for women in America by far are heart disease and cancer—afflictions that can often be prevented if women have access to preventive care services, including screenings, such as mammograms and pap smears.
Nationally, AAUW has gone on record as supporting Planned Parenthood as a provider of services vital to women’s health: cancer screenings and mammograms for poor and underserved women. Our leadership has expressed disappointment that some are playing politics with women’s health and jeopardizing care for the most vulnerable among us.
Here in Ohio, AAUW expresses the same disappointment that Ohio legislators would play politics with women’s health. It is AAUW’s position that family planning fosters self-sufficiency, promotes preventive health care, and educates people on ways to protect themselves and their families from the spread of sexually transmitted infections. We know that Planned Parenthood provides these services to women who would not be served if Planned Parenthood were not there for them. There was a tremendous show of support for Planned Parenthood services when this issue was previously before the House, and that support has not waned. We respectfully ask that you respect the important place that Planned Parenthood has in the communities it serves and assure its ability to continue to serve these communities.
At the same time, we are concerned about the potential diversion of TANF funds from their intended purpose of providing financial support for needy families, in order to fund a new program, the “parenting and pregnancy program.” Federal TANF funds have eroded over recent years while the number of Ohio families with children living in deep poverty (below half the poverty line) has increased. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the monthly grant for a family of three was $450 in July 2012, 10% less than in 1996 after adjusting for inflation. It’s imperative that we continue to alleviate this extreme poverty with TANF dollars, rather than add one more dubious program to the mix.
While the program sounds well-intentioned and is permissive, its scope of services is limited in that it totally excludes any counseling relating to abortion, when abortion, like it or not, may indeed be the better option for a woman and her family. In reality, the type of entities described, generally known as crisis pregnancy centers, have been known to provide erroneous and misleading health information to clients and may not even offer access to contraceptives.
We ask that you remove this program from the budget bill. AAUW supports access to complete reproductive health services which lead to improvements in women’s health care and are an integral part of equity and justice for women.
Thank you for your time.
Ohio State Legislature website: Locate your state legislator, send an e-mail, and stay informed about bills being considered.
Christine Siebeneck, vice president of programming, is the new president-elect of AAUW Ohio, as the result of an election held at AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2013. Dot McLane of AAUW’s national office, installed her at the April 7 Convention.
Get more about AAUW Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2013:
- AAUW Equity Day & Convention 2013: Engaging. Enriching. Empowering.
- Gender inequity in the academy: Equity Day breakout
- See more Equity Day & Convention Photos on Facebook
Individual members and branches received special awards. They included:
- 2013 Breaking Through Barriers President’s Award - Beth Pinhero of Bowling Green Branch for Tech Trek
- 2013 Public Policy Branch Award - Warren Trumbull County Branch for its work against human trafficking
- 2013 Social Media Advocate Award - Paula Maggio, Communications Chair
Branches that excelled in membership recruitment, mission-based programming, diversity, philanthropy, communications and overall engagement in AAUW efforts received awards at AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2013.
Philanthropy Award winners
- Top 10 branches supporting the Ohio Century International Fund: Athens, Mansfield, Heights-Hillcrest-
Lyndhurst, Worthington, Defiance, Northeast Ohio, Bowling Green, Zanesville, Dayton, Medina County and Circleville
- Top 10 branches, per capita supporting the Ohio Century International Fund: Athens, Mansfield, Worthington, Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst, Defiance, Northeast Ohio, Delaware, Dayton, Zanesville, and Bowling Green.
- Top 10 branches supporting all AAUW programs: Toledo, Athens, Oberlin, Middletown, Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst, Mansfield, Cleveland, Dayton, Northeast Ohio and Columbus
- Top 10 branches, per capita, supporting all AAUW programs: Oberlin, Athens, Kent, Cleveland, Worthington, Alliance, Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst, Mansfield, Dayton, Northeast Ohio, Toledo
Starz Award winners
- Teal Award: Bowling Green, Chillicothe, Circleville, Cleveland, Delaware, Findlay, Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst, Medina, Middletown, Sandusky, Toledo, Warren-Trumbull, Worthington, Zanesville
- Honors Award: Columbus, Defiance, Lancaster, Lima, Northeast, Van Wert
- Seventh-Year Teal Award: Bowling Green, Medina, Worthington, Zanesville
- Seventh-Year Teal or Honors Award: Findlay
- Sixth-Year Teal Award: Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst and Toledo
- Sixth-Year Teal or Honors Award:SCircleville, Cleveland and Middletown
- First-Year Teal Award: Chillicothe
- First-Year Honors Award: Lima and Van Wert
Communication Star Award winners:
- Overall Excellence in Print, Web, Social Media: Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst Branch
- Overall Excellence in Integrated Print, Web, Social Media: Middletown Branch
- Excellence in Print and Web: Medina County Branch
- Honorable Mention, Newsletter: Sandusky Branch
- Honorable Mention Print, Web, Social Media: Chillicothe Branch