Join fellow AAUW Ohio members and these featured presentations and events:
- Global Collaborations with AAUW National staff leader, Gloria Blackwell
- AAUW national updates from Pam Thiel, AAUW Board of Directors
- Fundraising at the branch level with Tremayne Parquet, AAUW Individual Giving
- Women and journalism with Mikaela Hunt, brand journalist
- 21st century women on campus with Makia Kambon, OSU Multicultural Center program coordinator
- LBGTQ issues and dialogue with Justin Atkinson, member of Citizens for Equity
- Book study, documentary study, panel discussions, Public policy breakouts, and more!
Get there by 3 p.m. on Friday for registration. And don’t forget Friday night’s AAUW Ohio Awards dinner and reception. New for this year we are having a Friday Night Glitz, Glam & Jam! We are going to recognize and celebrate our inner rock stars with a fun photo booth and karaoke. So bring some cash for a glass (or two or wine), dust off your vocal chords, and wear your party shoes because the 2016 AAUW Ohio Annual Convention is a must-attend event!
Be sure to register for the 2016 Convention here and don’t forget to reserve a hotel room at The Crowne Plaza.Call 1-614-885-1885.
We look forward to rockin’ the 2016 AAUW Ohio Convention with you!
Jo Dye, VP Programming
Marilyn Kornowski, Northeast District Coordinator
Christine Siebeneck, AAUW Ohio President
|Sign Up for the Creating Inclusive Branches Webinar on March 22|
Is your branch welcoming and inclusive to new and diverse members? Sign up for the March 22 webinar to learn what attracts — and drives away — new members. You’ll also learn concrete steps you can take to be more welcoming. Miss the last diversity and inclusion webinar? Check out the recorded webinar.
|Be a Part of AAUW’s Research on Leadership|
Do you have unconscious bias toward women leaders? Take our new Implicit Association Tes tto find out! Your participation will help further AAUW’s research on gender bias and leadership. And sign up now to host a watch party for the March 30 launch event of AAUW’s latest research report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, which will feature a panel discussion moderated by Cokie Roberts.
|Get Ready for Equal Pay Day on April 12|
Take action to mark Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s wages “catch up” to men’s wages from the year before. Join hundreds of other AAUW branches hosting events on April 12, and help us reach our goal of hosting 250 events in all 50 states. Check out the recorded training for programming tips and ideas.
Work with a local college or university to hold an AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation workshop for Equal Pay Day. Our new tools and resources will help you easily connect with local colleges and universities and encourage them to host a workshop.
|Early-Bird Registration for NCCWSL 2016 Ends April 1|
|Do you know any college women student leaders? Registration for AAUW’s 2016 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) is open! Tell the students in your networks about this exciting opportunity and encourage them to register before April 1 for early-bird rates. Donate to the NCCWSL scholarship fund to help even more students attend the conference.|
|Sign Up for the Dues Processing Webinar on March 15|
|Simplify membership dues processing this year! Learn how to submit dues, what resources are available to you, and more. Sign up for the Dues Processing Webinar on March 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET.|
|Deliver New Title IX Resources to Local Schools|
Join the fight against sex discrimination in schools! Explore new resources and templates for contacting Title IX coordinators in your local schools, and use the Title IX delivery Program in a Box to engage your branch in the effort. Listen to the Title IX Coordinators Delivery Project call to hear testimonials from some of the 76 deliveries that have already been made in 22 states.
Rock the world with us! Book your hotel room and register today for AAUW Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2016, April 8-9 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North-Worthington. The best early-bird rates end March 11. And rooms must be reserved by March 18 to get the group rate. Get all the details here.
States, branches, and other AAUW-affiliated entities must develop and maintain bylaws that comply with AAUW policies and federal and state laws. AAUW’s model bylaws provide a framework to assist AAUW affiliates in preparing or amending their bylaws.
Every two years, AAUW reviews and amends its national bylaws to make sure that they comply with federal and Washington, D.C., statutes and that they reflect AAUW’s current operations and needs. The bylaws are also revised to include amendments proposed and approved by the membership. After each biennial revision of the AAUW national bylaws, all AAUW affiliates must review and revise their own bylaws to include these updates.
Download a copy of the proposed bylaws in its entirety. It is also posted on our Resources page.
By Karen Rainey, Public Policy Chair, AAUW of Ohio
Here’s the “Issue of the Month” plus other news—please share with your branch members. Also—a reminder that March is Women’s History Month; International Women’s Day is March 8.
In this issue:
- Issue of the Month: Violence Against Women
- Congressional Redistricting Proposal
- Reaction to School Report Cards
- Human Trafficking Coalitions: New Map
- Key Dates: April 8-9, April 12, April 20
Issue of the Month: Violence Against Women
You may wonder how violence against women ties into our program year theme of economic security, but the reality is that violence prevents many women from achieving the security they need and results in high social and economic costs. Violence is a public health threat; injuries may keep women off the job or unable to care for themselves and their families. The federal Violence Against Women Act, first enacted in 1994, was most recently reauthorized in 2013. (Vice President Joe Biden, the original sponsor in 1994, made a moving appeal at the Feb. 28 Oscars ceremony for ending violence, followed by Lady Gaga’s performance of “Til it Happens to You.”)
While VAWA has provided a comprehensive approach to this issue, there is much work still to be done. Often the results of violence are fatal or result in severe injuries or unintended pregancies. We’ve learned that many of the women and girls who are trafficked or engage in prostitution were first sexually abused. In addition to intimate partner (domestic) violence, there are the areas of military violence and campus sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Three bills pending in the Ohio legislature will be highlighted at the Women United for Change legislative event on April 20. They are House Bill 359, which would enable victims to conceal their residential addresses and decrease the likelihood of their abuser finding them; House Bill 362, which would recognize strangulation as a highly lethal criminal act and provide a felony level penalty when it has occurred; and Senate Bill 76, which would allow for the prosecution of a violation of a protection order, even though the order may not have been personally served (abusers find ways to avoid personal service).
AAUW’s Quick Facts on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in School describes the problem in schools and on college campuses, and lists resources for branches, including the Ending Campus Sexual Assault Tool Kit, www.aauw.oraresource/campus-sexual-assault-too-kit. Branches located in college towns are encouraged to take advantage of these resources.
Violence in the military was addressed at our last convention, when the survivor featured in the 2012 documentary, The Invisible War, spoke movingly about her experiences. This film is available through
Amazon and other sources, and brings home the reality of a too-common situation.
Last, another stirring program featured at a recent state convention, the Silent Witness Project, honors murder victims of domestic violence. In Ohio, you can find more information through the Women’s Center at Bowling Green State University, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congressional Redistricting Proposal Stalled
Efforts have stalled to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to change Ohio’s congressional redistricting to a process similar to the revised process adopted for state legislative redistricting this past November. By now, we all understand that fair districts equal fair elections, and appreciate the need to move forward. Please call Ohio Speaker Cliff Rosenberger at 614-466-3506 and ask him to expedite placing the amendment on the fall ballot. More information is available at www.fairdistrictsohio.org.
School Report Cards Confusing
The long-awaited school report cards, the first to include new Common Core Standards and based on the PARCC tests, were released in late February. The data had been expected to be confusing and were in fact confusing; the definition of student proficiency had changed from its original meaning; most schools’ performance index scores were expected to be lower than the previous year’s.
It’s been reported that 607 of Ohio’s 609 school districts had lower performance index scores from the previous year (2013-14); it’s also reported that the Department of Education rated students as proficient that would not be in other states. Nevertheless, the districts are exempted by the legislature from penalties for poor scores in this year and next, during the transition phase to the new standards and tests.
PARCC was fired by the General Assembly after complaints about the testing process last year. The new test provider is the American Institutes for Research, which had been the provider of the Ohio Graduation Tests. The entire issue is still controversial, and there is still concern about students opting out of the tests. AAUW had been supportive of the PARCC tests as a civil rights issue to determine equality of opportunity. We will be watching to see how this issue develops.
New Map of Human Trafficking Coalitions
Many of our branches have been concerned with human trafficking issues and continue to be supportive of efforts on behalf of survivors. This new map shows that most of Ohio is now covered by anti-trafficking coalitions. Go to www.publicsafety.ohio.gov/ht/coalitions to see the service areas and the names of the coalitions.
April 8-9: Annual state convention, Columbus/Worthington. Public policy sessions will feature Innovation Ohio speakers on the Women’s Public Policy Network and Public Policy Agenda, and the president of Restart, a work-release advocacy program for first-time female offenders.
April 12: Equal Pay Day. Check out the branch resources at www.aauw.org.
— Vice President Biden (@VP) February 29, 2016
Join AAUW on March 3, 2016, at 7 p.m. ET, for a conference call to learn more about the process on judicial nominations. Members will learn more about what they can do to urge the President and senators to uphold their constitutional responsibility to fairly and expeditiously select and consider a nominee.
Date: March 3, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. ET
If you cannot attend the call, make sure to take action by sending a message to President Barack Obama and the Senate urging them to select and consider a nominee!
If you are looking for programming on human trafficking, girls’ education, or other global feminist issues? AAUW’s collaboration with Women and Girls Lead offers you access to three dozen films — including Half the Sky, A Path Appears, and The Graduates — that you can use to organize an event or action in your community.
It’s that time again — time to register for the AAUW of Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2016, which will be held April 8-9 in Columbus. All the details and links you need to register online are included in the Winter 2016 issue of our AAUW of Ohio Orbit. Register today so you and your branch can be part of “Women Rock the World.”
Information about applying for branch awards is in this issue, too. Be sure to get your branch entries for the Daffodil Diversity Award, Starz Award, Programming Award and Communication Star Awards in on time! They are due March 16.
In this issue, you will also find:
- A first-person account from President Christine Siebeneck about how her family of four fared when they took the SNAP Challenge. Clue: It was no snap.
- What’s going on in Columbus regarding Planned Parenthood funding, human trafficking and voting.
- What’s going on at our branches — from programs empowering girls to an impersonation of Eleanor Roosevelt to STEM.
- News about a new philanthropy project for our state.
- A bylaws update.
- A Be Wise Camp reminder.
- Messages from two of our district coordinators.
- News from national AAUW about films you can screen — for free — and grants for which you can apply.