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Apply for NCCWSL scholarship by March 8

2014 February 25

Do you know an outstanding young woman with leadership potential? Tell her to apply for an AAUW Ohio scholarship to attend nccwsl_ecard_1010the 2014 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders by submitting the AAUW Ohio NCCWSL Scholarship Application .

The 29th anniversary conference will be held June 5-7 at the University of Maryland in College Park.

AAUW Ohio will support the conference by underwriting two students to attend it. Each student will receive $400 toward their registration. Interested students may apply by downloading, completing and submitting the AAUW Ohio NCCWSL Scholarship Application by March 8.

AAUW grant from Alcoa Foundation will fund STEM programming in Ohio

2014 February 19
by admin

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will receive a $250,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation to address the global gender gap in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce.whysofew-280x170

With this funding, AAUW will expand its successful STEM education programs for girls to new sites where Alcoa has operations: Székesfehérvár, Hungary, and Barberton, Ohio, in the United States. Over the next two years, this collaboration will give hundreds of middle school girls the chance to participate in fun, experiential STEM programs that demonstrate the opportunities and benefits for women in these fields.

Across the globe, women are underrepresented in STEM fields. Women hold nearly half of all jobs in the United States but fewer than 25 percent of STEM jobs. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that jobs requiring a STEM background will grow by 17 percent over the next 10 years. According to the National Science Foundation, women in Hungary earned approximately 1,200 university degrees in engineering in 2009, accounting for 36.2 percent of the engineering degrees conferred there that year. Hungary-based manufacturers attest that, despite a serious need for skilled workers in technical jobs, the available workforce does not have the training to fill them. Preparing more women to enter these fields is important to these companies and will be necessary to the economic future of the region.

STEM careers offer women the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of discovery and technological innovation. Increasing opportunities for women in these fields is an important step toward realizing greater economic success and equality for women across the board.

“Alcoa Foundation’s commitment to increasing girls’ and women’s participation in STEM fields at all job levels is an outstanding example of how thoughtful engagement can advance corporate interests and benefit local communities. Thanks to Alcoa Foundation, we will be able to make real change on two continents by encouraging girls to consider and prepare for a future in STEM,” said AAUW Executive Director and CEO Linda D. Hallman, CAE.

“Talent is the only sustainable competitive advantage. Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation aim to help close the skills gap and support talent development by preparing girls for rewarding careers in advanced manufacturing,” said Esra Ozer, president of Alcoa Foundation. “Closing the skills gap is a global issue, and AAUW’s initiatives will inform and prepare middle school girls for a successful future in a number of critical STEM-related fields.”

To address local workforce needs in Barberton and Székesfehérvár, AAUW will develop customized programs to engage girls in engineering, technical trades, and other STEM fields, with input from Alcoa facilities in these locations. In addition to increasing participants’ enthusiasm for STEM, the programs help the girls’ families encourage them to continue in these fields.

AAUW has a proven track record of program delivery, providing STEM education to more than 11,000 girls each year at the branch, state, and national levels. AAUW’s national STEM camps and conferences target middle school girls because middle school is a critical time for girls to maintain their interest in STEM and begin taking courses that will lead to future STEM opportunities.

The AAUW research report Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics provides compelling evidence that environmental and social barriers continue to limit women’s participation and progress in these fields. The report recommends evidence- based actions that effectively overcome bias and stereotypes. These recommendations form the foundation of AAUW’s STEM programs and have helped position AAUW as a global expert on women and STEM.

For more information, visit and search for “Why So Few?” or “STEM.” Follow @AAUWSTEM on Twitter for the latest on this new collaboration.

State advocacy items for February

2014 February 18

Dear Branch Presidents, Public Policy Chairs and Newsletter Editors,

Our Ohio Advocate Karen Rainey would appreciate your focus on these items in February during branch meetings, in your newsletter and on your website.  If you have any question, please contact her at:

Hope you plan to attend our AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2014, April 11-13 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Springfield.

Jackie Evangelista
AAUW Ohio Public Policy Chair

  1. AAUW members who advocate for equal pay can work at the state as well as the national level. Ohio Senators Nina Turner and Charleta Tavares introduced Senate Bill 92, the Fair and Acceptable Income Required (FAIR) Act last March. It was referred to the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, and has had one hearing—for sponsor testimony—last June. You can help end discrimination in the payment of wages by asking your senators to continue to hear this bill, because equal pay is so important to women and families. You can contact Sen. Kevin Bacon, chair of the committee, here. Locate your Senator and contact him/her.
  2. Online voter registration eases the process for potential voters and provides for greater accuracy as well as less paperwork and lower costs. Two bills, House Bill 78 and Senate Bill 175 would accomplish much the same results in authorizing online voter registration. Read an analysis of HB 78 and SB 175.The first is in the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee, the other is in the Senate State Government and Reform Committee. Contact Rep. Stinziano to support HB 78 and Sen. LaRose to support SB 175.
  3. Support the state candidate of your choice and receive a state income tax credit! This is just a reminder as we head into campaign season that Ohio allows up to $50 per individual as a credit for a campaign contribution. The credit applies to all statewide candidates as well as House and Senate candidates. Remember, small contributions can make a difference.

Apply for branch awards

2014 February 17
by Paula Maggio

Make sure your branch receives the recognition it deserves by applying for AAUW Ohio awards that will be given out at AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2014. Here are the details.

Apply for Mission-Based ProgrammingJoannBenseler Award

Send your Branch Program Booklets for the 2013-2014 Mission-Based Programming Awards to Christina Sienbeneck, P.O. Box 593, Kalida, OH 45853-0593 by March 8.

Make sure your branch shines as a Communication Star

Get recognition for your branch as a 2014 Communication Star for its use of print and online communications and social media. Get the guidelines and entry form. Update: The deadline has been extended to March 17 so that more branches have the opportunity to enter.

Get your Daffodil Diversity Award

Branches making strides to be inclusive and diverse in their membership outreach and community involvement are eligible to receive the Daffodil Diversity Award. Branches must meet at least three of the diversity goals for branches. To apply for recognition, branches must send a written statement on their accomplishments, with documentation, to Ohio Diversity Chair Sally Dye, 157 Third St., Cardington, OH 43315.

Statements should include branch name, name and signature of president, telephone number, email for contact and name of diversity chair. Documentation, including press clippings, branch publications, listings from branch yearbook, photos, etc. must be received by March 8.

Be recognized for your Starz Award

Download the Starz Award Application Form as a PDF. Starz applications should be completed and mailed to JoAnn Benseler, 147 Sandstone Loop East, Westerville OH 43081, by March 15.

AAUW Ohio Convention & Equity Day 2014: “The Year of our Voice: Advocacy & Action”

2014 February 6

A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men. – Gloria Steinem

Join AAUW Ohio members for the AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2014 at the Courtyard by Marriott marriott springfieldin downtown Springfield on Friday, April 11, through Sunday, April 13.

The Southwest AAUW Ohio branches & AAUW Ohio board members have planned a weekend filled with informative presentations, interactive sessions, and powerful keynote speakers designed to invigorate members. It is our hope that members return to their branches more informed, more empowered, and more committed to lead in AAUW missions.

Deadlines: Hotel reservations must be made by March 17 to guarantee the rate of $99/night+tax. Registration deadline for Equity Day and Convention 2014 is March 23. For reservations submitted after that date, an additional $10 fee will be charged.

Get more details and download the reservation form.

AAUW Ohio Branch scholarship winners

2014 January 29

Two AAUW Ohio branches have announced their latest scholarship winners.

  • Toledo Branch awarded its 2013-2014 Wemmer Scholarships to Anna Barnes, Karen Gallagher, Chelsea Griffis, and Namrata Madan. Applications for next year’s scholarships are available at
  • Mansfield Branch awarded three $600 scholarships to students at North Central State College. They are Robin Barnes, Jena Short and Wendy Wyer. The scholarships were funded by proceeds from the branch’s book sale.



Remembering the Past… Fighting for our Future, Roe @ 41

2014 January 28

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 28

Location: Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High Street, Columbus. Ample parking available.FOCO event image

Times: 6 p.m.: Reception with light refreshments & cash bar; 7 p.m.: Program featuring Robin Marty, author, Crow After Roe


  • $30.00 General Admission
  • $50.00 Friend of Roe
  • $15.00 Student/Low Income

Tickets are limited! You can reserve your ticket on-line.  Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 614-221-2594.

Questions? Call 614-221-2594 or email



UC awarded funding for Campus Action Project

2014 January 24

AAUW is highlighting a vital part of the U.S. higher education system by awarding $45,000 in grants to 11 campus projects, including one from the University of Cincinnati.

The grants are designed to implement recommendations from the 2013 AAUW research report Women in Community College: Access to Success. Each year, the AAUW Campus Action Project (CAP) grant program gives money to teams of faculty and students to create community-based solutions to some of the far-reaching problems explored in AAUW research. Read more.

AAUW Ohio member recognized by Women’s Initiative Network

2014 January 14
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SwopeThe Women’s Initiative Network honored AAUW of Ohio member Marilyn Swope for her work encouraging and inspiring women. Swope was a 1st grade teacher and the first female mayor of Zanesville.

Current Mayor Jeff Tilton declared Dec.28 Marilyn Swope day in Zanesville, and Swope was also recognized by Ohio Governor John Kasich for her work. Well-deserved, and congratulations, Marilyn!

AAUW National reported this news in its AAUW Washington Update.

Act now to fight human trafficking in Ohio

2014 January 13
by Paula Maggio

Karen Rainey, AAUW Ohio’s Public Policy advocate, will testify at the Sponsor Hearing on HB 130 on Tuesday, January 14, at 10:45 a.m. If you and some of your friends are able to join her, that would make a huge impact.

When: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.
Where: Senate Criminal Justice Committee, North Hearing Room *Map attached

In order to have an idea of the number of people attending please email

More actions you can take to pass H.B. 130 End Demand Act:

1.      Contact Senate President Keith Faber, Senator John Eklund, Criminal Justice Committee Chair and your district Senator.
2.      Sign the Petition.
3.      Share this information on social media.