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Clark County Girls invited to STEM event

2016 February 29

Springfield Branch STEM

Get ready for International Women’s Day

2016 February 19
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International Women’s Day is March 8 and it is coming up fast! Get ideas for programs, movie A-Path-Appears-220x130screenings, and other events your branch can host to celebrate the achievements of women around the world.

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.

Get the details.

Winter issue of Orbit includes Equity Day & Convention details

2016 February 12

It’s that time again — time to register for the AAUW of Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2016, which willOrbit Winter 2016 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.

Apply for 2016 Branch Awards

2016 February 11
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 2016. Here are the details.JoannBenseler

Daffodil Award

Criteria will include the Diversity Goals for branches. Branches must meet at least three of the goals. To apply for recognition, branches must send a written statement on their accomplishments, with documentation, to the Ohio Diversity Chair, 157 Third St., Cardington, OH 43315. Statements should include branch name, name and signature of president, telephone number, e-mail for contact and name of diversity chair. Material must be received before March 16. Press clippings, news articles in branch publications, listings form branch yearbook, photographs from events or meetings constitute documentation.

Programming Award

Send your Branch Program Booklets for the 2014-2015 Mission-Based Programming Awards to Jo Dye, Program Vice President, at 645 North Court St., Circleville, OH 43113 by March 16.

Starz Award
Download the Starz Award Application Form and Explanation. Starz applications should be completed and mailed to JoAnn Benseler, 147 Sandstone Loop East, Westerville OH 43081, by March 16.

Communication Star AwardCommunication Star Award
Get recognition for your branch as a 2016 Communication Star for its use of print and online communications and social media. Get the guidelines and entry form online. Entries must be received by March 16.

The Department of Labor proposed a new rule to help fight pay discrimination – Take Action Below!

2016 January 29

Seven years ago today, President Barack Obama signed into law his first piece of legislation as President, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Ohio's own Lisa Maatz, AAUW 's top public policy adviser, and Lilly Ledbetter in Washington, D.C. this week.

Ohio’s own Lisa Maatz, AAUW ‘s top public policy adviser, and Lilly Ledbetter in Washington, D.C. this week.

At today’s event celebrating the anniversary, the president directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), to publish a proposal to annually collect summary pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity from businesses with 100 or more employees. This step also expands on and replaces an earlier AAUW-supported plan DOL to collect similar information from federal contractors.

Take action today by thanking DOL for this improvement, and urge the department to finalize the rule as soon as possible!

We need you! Apply by Feb. 5 for a leadership position with AAUW of Ohio

2016 January 26
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Jo Dye, Marilyn Kornowski, JoAnn Benseler and Christine Siebeneck are on a roll at AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2015.

Apply to join your AAUW of Ohio leadership team. Pictured here are Jo Dye, Marilyn Kornowski, JoAnn Benseler and Christine Siebeneck at AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2015.

Don’t delay. Apply today for a leadership position with AAUW of Ohio. The application deadline to apply for a state office is Feb. 5. So now is the time to apply for the state office of President, Vice President of Programming, Vice President of Funds, Vice President of Membership, Financial Officer or Secretary.


Download the application as a PDF or RTF document, complete it and send it to Kaylee Pavel, AAUW of Ohio administrative coordinator, at by the Feb. 5 deadline. The Nomination Committee will review all applications.

The application has also been sent to all branches.

Conference call for Title IX coordinators

2016 January 16
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Hundreds of AAUW members have pledged to deliver new resources from the U.S. Department of Education to Title IX coordinators at schools in their area. title-IX-PIAB-logo-67

Join AAUW for an all-member conference call to hear the status of those efforts, including recent success stories and tips for overcoming common challenges from those who have already taken action.

Date: Feb. 3, 2016

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

All AAUW members are invited but space is limited. This call will be recorded and made available at a later date.

Register here today!

BGSU Women’s Center event features BGSU Branch members

2016 January 15

An event at Bowling Green State University’s Women’s Center, 107 Hanna Hall, features two members of the AAUW Bowling Green Branch.womens-center-logo

The Winter Welcome, the first in the Women’s Center Weekly Discussion Series, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 20, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. It features a presentation by Allie Lahey and Leslie Potts on “It’s More Than Roe V. Wade: A Brief Introduction to Reproductive Justice.”

The two also attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).

Hot cocoa and doughnuts will be served. All, including children, are welcome. Attendees may feel free to bring a lunch.

Public Policy News

2016 January 11

Public Policy News, January 2016

By Karen Rainey, Public Policy Chair,

Here’s the “Issue of the Month” plus other news—please share with your branch members.

In this issue:

  • Issue of the Month: Paid Sick Days
  • Ohio Women’s Organizations Legislative Event Planned for April
  • Update on Legislation
  • Key Dates, including March 15 Primary Election

Issue of the Month: Paid Sick Days

As we enter the cold and flu season, let’s consider the impact on women and families when workers have no access to paid sick days. Without paid sick days, workers who have to take time off to care for sick kids or other family members—or themselves—lose wages and risk job loss or workplace discipline. Others go to work while ailing and/or contagious and endanger public health.

Nationally, about 40 percent of private-sector workers and 81 percent of low-wage workers do not have paid sick days.   AAUW notes that women are disproportionally impacted. More than half of working mothers report that they must miss work and often go without pay when caring for a sick child. A recent study found that just 3.5 unpaid days away from work can jeopardize a family’s ability to buy groceries for an entire month.   A single parent of two children missing just four days of work in a month and earning an average wage of $10 an hour would be placed below the poverty line.

Research conducted last year showed that 88 percent of voters support paid sick days. This benefit is not only good for employees by protecting their economic security, it promotes healthier communities. And employers have been shown to experience no loss of profitability.

Because there are no Federal laws that require employers to offer paid sick days, the focus is on state and local action. At the national level, AAUW supports the Healthy Families Act, which would provide seven accrued, paid sick days for full-time employees and a prorated number for part-time employees. For more information, share AAUW Quick Facts: Paid Sick Days with your members. All of us need to be better informed about this issue.

Here in Ohio, no legislation has been introduced to date to require employers to provide paid sick days. However, the Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network (which includes AAUW Ohio) has as a goal increasing access to paid sick and family leave. Innovation Ohio has taken the lead in reaching out to city governments to press for this benefit for their employees.

For the branches in Columbus, Toledo and Chillicothe, there’s an opportunity to support this Innovation Ohio effort as these are among the next likely targets for action. More details will be available soon, but please start by educating your members about the need and consider how you might proceed –letters to the editor, letters to the mayor and city council members, possibly personal stories to share.

April Legislative Event in Columbus

It’s too soon to mark your calendars, but April 20 is the likely date for a combined women’s organizations legislative update event. Led by ACTION OHIO Coalition for Battered Women, several representatives of women’s groups are jointly planning for an educational experience to highlight key bills on priority issues for women.

To be held near the Statehouse, the event will feature panels of legislators discussing pending legislation in the areas of pay equity, domestic violence, and women’s health. A morning event, cost will be minimal. Organizations will be encouraged to follow up the discussions with visits to their legislators or attendance at a House or Senate session. Details will be shared as soon as they are firm.

Update on Legislation

Still pending is action on defunding Planned Parenthood: Both the House and Senate passed bills, but have yet to convene a conference committee to resolve the minor differences between HB 294 and SB 214 and send one along to Governor Kasich for his signature. You can expect to receive notice to send a veto message to the governor, once we know which bill will go forward.

That package of bills introduced last October and intended to counter the anti-abortion bills being heard in the legislature has yet to see any activity. The bills (HB 356, 357, 360, 370 and 376) would remove obstacles to safe and legal abortion care. They have been referred to the House Committee on Community and Family Advancement but have yet to be scheduled for hearings. It wouldn’t hurt to give the committee chair a call to ask why they haven’t been scheduled; he is Rep. Timothy Derickson, at 614-644-5094.

Key Dates
January 13:
AAUW all-member GOTV Kickoff webinar, 7:30 PM (details at

January 14: Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Statehouse, Columbus

February 16: Last day to register to vote or to change name or address for March 15 primary (address updates can be done on line at the Secretary of State’s website)

March 15: Primary election

If your branch is planning a primary candidate forum, please let me know at

Thanks for all you do in keeping our members informed and involved.

Happy New Year—let’s make it one of our most active.


Apply for a state office with AAUW of Ohio

2016 January 8

Interested in holding a position with AAUW of Ohio? Now is the time to apply for a state office.

Download the application as a PDF or RTF document, complete it and send it to Kaylee Pavel, AAUW of Ohio administrative coordinator, at by the Feb. 5 deadline. The Nomination Committee will review all applications.

The application has also been sent to all branches.