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Develop leaders with resources from Leadership Workshop 2017

2017 August 12
by Paula Maggio

If you missed the AAUW of Ohio Leadership Workshop 2017 last Saturday at Otterbein University, you can still get a look at some of the resources and information shared at that event, which featured breakout sessions on five topics, along with regional meetings.

Breakout Sessions

  1. Communications and Media
  2. Finance
  3. Fundraising
  4. Programming and Diversity
  5. Membership and Bylaws

Regional Breakout Sessions

Other Resources

  • State Leader Speaker request form: This form is designed to better track and accommodate branch speaker requests. It allows for the branches to request a specific Board member and a specific topic. It also allows the option to be flexible.

Marketing resources and more from 2017 AAUW National Convention

2017 August 4

AAUW has gathered the presentations, worksheets, and other materials from the workshops at the 2017 AAUW National Convention to help you learn more about how to recruit members, plan programs, step up your advocacy efforts, raise funds, and enhance your communications and marketing efforts.

View and download 2017 AAUW National Convention resources. Included among them are those listed below, which are related to communications and marketing:

Workshop Materials

And here is additional help for enhancing your digital communications by adding AAUW RSS feeds to your branch social media accounts using the online platform hootsuite.

How to add AAUW RSS feeds to your social media accounts

1. Sign up for a Hootsuite account.

Go to and click the Sign Up button in the top right corner.

2. Select the free version.

Near the bottom of the page, you will see this text: “Try our limited Free plan 3 social profiles | 1 user | Message Scheduling.” Click on “Sign up now” at the end of that line. (See screenshot below.) The free version of Hootsuite will give you all of the capabilities you need to add two AAUW RSS feeds to your branch Facebook page.

To add an RSS feed

  1. Click your profile picture (by default) in the top-right corner of the dashboard, then select Account & Settings.
  2. Select RSS/Atomfrom the Settings list.
  3. Optional: Click My RSS/Atom Feeds to select an organization to add the feed to.
  4. Click Add New Feed
  5. Paste the RSS feed URL in the Feed URL. See AAUW Feeds listed below. Your free account allows you to add two feeds.
  6. Select the social network from the drop-down list that will post the feed items.
  7. Select a frequency for checking the feed for content, and how many new items to post at a time (if that many are available).
  8. Optional: In the Prepend text…field, enter a short note to appear before each post (e.g. “New blog post:”)
  9. Select a URL shortener from the drop-down list to shorten the link to the feed item.
  10. Click Save Feed.

AAUW Feeds

AAUW recommends adding the following two feeds. Here’s how:

In the Feed URL box, insert the following link to the AAUW national website:,post

Next, click the social network where you would like to stream the feed. In this case it will be Facebook. Then, press the Save Feed button.

Repeat this same process for the AAUW Action Alerts RSS feed with this link:

Other AAUW RSS feeds you can choose to add

Blog (current events, commentary, and stories)

Articles (what’s new at AAUW)

Resources (tools for leaders, members and advocates)

How to set up a Facebook page

By far, Facebook is the most common social media tool that our branches use. A Facebook Page is invaluable in helping your branch reach new audiences and attract new members.

Creating a Facebook page is fairly simple. To get started, you’ll need a computer, smart phone, or tablet that is connected to the internet as well as either 1) A current personal Facebook account; or 2) A personal, active e-mail address.

If you already have a personal Facebook account: Follow this guide for setting up a page. If you’re concerned about tying your personal Facebook account to your branch’s page, rest assured that the public will not be able to see your personal account through the branch Facebook page.

If you don’t already have a personal Facebook account: Facebook has a great help center that details how to start an account using your personal e-mail address.

If you want to see what the process looks like, Mashable has an excellent guide that shows you what to expect. Read the FAQ below for more on setting up your branch Facebook page, including important notes on locating and uploading your branch’s logo as your profile image.

Read more on the AAUW website.

How to get your branch logo

Follow the directions in our AAUW Branding Tool Kit (you have to use your AAUW member login to access it). By the end of the process, your branch will have its very own version of the AAUW logo to use on all online publications and websites.


Spring AAUW of Ohio Orbit is now online

2017 June 21

Wondering what’s on the schedule for our Leadership Workshop 2017: Developing Leaders for Today and Tomorrow? You’ll get all the details, along with a link to registration, on page one of our Spring issue of AAUW of Ohio Orbit.

You’ll also find:

  • Equity Day and Convention 2017 coverage, including photos of our award winners and quotes from presenters
  • A call to “find your passion” from Ohio President Christine Siebeneck, with links to helpful AAUW resources
  • The last legislative update from the Ohio Statehouse from Karen Rainey, who has retired as Public Policy Chair
  • News about our Southeast District’s attendance at an OU First Ladies’ Symposium — and the brainstorming that resulted
  • An announcement that one of Ohio’s own is now on the AAUW National Board of Directors!

You can also download past issues of Orbit.

AAUW Ohio Leadership Workshop 2017: Developing Leaders for Today and Tomorrow

2017 June 15

Whether you are a new leader or a leader with years of experience, you’ll learn how to further develop your leadership skills at our Summer Leadership Workshop with the theme: “Developing Leaders for Today and Tomorrow.” 

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Otterbein University, Roush Hall, 1 S Grove Street, Westerville, Oh 43081
Registration fees: $25 per member
Deadline for Registration & Payment: July 27, 2017

Register today or get all the details about this event on our AAUW Ohio Leadership Workshop 2017: Developing Leaders for Today and Tomorrow page.

Pints for Progress at BGSU helps girls learn #STEM

2017 May 20

Find out more about Tech Trek at BGSU.

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

2017 April 26
by admin

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

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,

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  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  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.

Get past issues of Public Policy News.


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.


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.


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.