AAUW– empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW uses its powerful voice on critical issues affecting women and girls. Join AAUW today!
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class. AAUW’s mission video features members of diverse ages and backgrounds discussing AAUW’s work.
AAUW’s Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.
AAUW New Jersey, a state-level organization of AAUW, recently celebrated 87 years (1927 – 2014). In addition to several statewide events, local branches actively further national and community goals and capitalize on their networking opportunities. AAUW Members often choose to belong to one or more local branches. Joining one of the local branches includes membership in the AAUW of New Jersey state organization. Individuals who do not wish to join a local branch can join by selecting “Garden State Branch” (our virtual Branch), when joining AAUW.
The NJ state publication, The Garden Statement, reports regularly on AAUW-NJ participation in public policy, the Educational Opportunities Fund, the Legal Advocacy Fund, and state and local issues.
AAUW-NJ Highlights include:
- Raising more than $100,000 annually for the Foundation and the Legal Advocacy Fund
- Scholarships awards to New Jersey women
- Advisors to the State Department of Education on gender bias and equity issue
- Working in coalition on state issues affecting women and girls
- Lobbies for formation and continuance of county commissions on women and for economic equity
- Sponsor of voter registration drives and candidate forums
- Community projects for literacy, pre-school ed., child care, and nutrition for pregnant teenagers
- Initiating state legislation, like the New Jersey Council on Environmental Quality
Confection chemist Samantha Arias slammed a tray with chocolate-filled wells against a desk — the move loosens the air bubbles, she explained to about 15 high school girls visiting Georgian Court University recently.
Downstairs, another group chuckled as they examined samples of their own saliva mixed with an energy drink under the instruction of Associate Biology Professor Carolyn Bergman for a session on DNA, fingerprinting and blood typing.
The lessons were very different, but the instructors said both had their roots in chemistry.
“I never knew that there was so much chemistry (in chocolate making),” said Molly Nadeau, 17, of Rockaway, a junior who says she’s one of the only female students in her woodshop and electricity classes at Morris Knolls High School. She said she’s considering chemistry as a major after the syrupy-sweet lesson.
TeenTech 2014, a day of hands-on technology workshops for girls in grades 9, 10 and 11 sponsored by the American Association of University Women-New Jersey and Georgian Court University, featured sessions on forsensic technology, sundials, cocoa science, large-scale technology problems and data visualization as well as an animation, print and multimedia workshop for educators and chaperones. About 120 girls from 11 schools attended the May 29 event, which has been held at different colleges for 15 years.
“It’s important for us to have an event like this,” Nadeau said, noting that males are not the only ones in science-related fields. “It’s really encouraging.”
Arias, who is an applications technologist for sweet and dairy at International Flavors and Fragrances in Union Beach, highlighted what she considers the value of TeenTech.
“(The students) get to learn that there is way more to science than what’s in the lab,” Arias said. “You can do virtually anything with your science degree.”
Women represent just 24 percent of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce, but earn on average 33 percent more when they work in STEM fields, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2011 Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation report.
New Jersey’s AAUW President Sally Goodson of Nutley said the nonprofit organization’s goal is to empower women and foster equity and leadership skills. Goodson said TeenTech serves as AAUW’s cornerstone program, informing young women about valuable STEM job opportunities that can ultimately help close the pay gap between men and women and increase equality in the workforce.
For high school girls like those attending TeenTech, “the choices are now,” Goodson said. The retired mother and grandmother advises students to keep STEM classes in the mix so that they don’t narrow their education and eliminate future possibilities.
NJ’s AAUW Vice President of Programming Carol Cohen said the organization has grown through college connections. Treasurer Karen Brown said the TeenTech organizers had to turn away interested high schools once maximum capacity was reached.
BEHIND THE NEWS
Women represent just 24 percent of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce, but earn on average 33 percent more when they work in STEM fields.
U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2011 Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation report
Join NY/NJ WILD PROJECT (Women In Leadership Development) in our first-ever joint leadership read via conference call.
Mark the 3rd Tuesday of each month for the monthly discussion of the book, “Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way” by Robin Gerber.
Project begins July 15th, 2014 @ 7pm. Lots of ways to participate – individual/buddy system/team approach. Gather a friend or two (or three) and share the conversation.
Robin Gerber suggested the ‘drop in’ model – sign up for the chapter/s that you are most interested in. Contact Joan Monk to join the conversation: firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-245-7704.
CELEBRATING WOMEN AND GIRLS
Happy Birthday Eleanor – October 11
In 2012 the United Nations designated October 11, Eleanor’s birthday, to celebrate the International Day of the Girl.
Since 1975 the UN began observing International Women’s Day on March 8 worldwide.
Using the time frame, October 11 through March 8, you can design your own CELEBRATION HONORING WOMEN AND GIRLS.
Below is detailed information to assist you in your planning:
A. Background Information on International Day of the Girl
B. The Girl Effect
C. Create an Eleanor Roosevelt Birthday Club
D. Get Girls Involved in National Model UN – NMUN Conferences
E. Get Girls Involved in Leadership
F. Let’s Hear It For The Girls – 11 Girls Everyone Should Know!
G. 11 Days/Weeks/Months of Action in honor of ER & International Day of the Girl*
H. Primer on Girls Issues*
I. Individual/Personal Plan of Action
J. Branch Plan of Action to Honor Eleanor/Celebrate International Day of the Girl
K. 11 Additional Resources
- Movies Popular
- You-tube Videos
- ER’s Most Popular Quotes
- Readers Theatre Script
- Articles of Interest
- 11 Girls Everyone Should Know
- ER Papers Project – http://www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/
- Community Connections – Girltopia and AAUW Connects @ YWCA
- Merry Christmas, ER
- The Christmas Story by Eleanor Roosevelt
AAUW of New Jersey Goes To Washington
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Coordinated by Central District
Make that personal connection….
Total Cost of Trip is Approx. ($150)
- Amtrak ($100)
- Trolley Tour ($35): Sights of Washington D.C.
- AAUW National Tour (Free): AAUW – 1881-2014
- Lunch: ($15)
Commitment: Please respond by November 10
For Details Contact:
- Patricia Baroska email@example.com
- Barbara Williamson firstname.lastname@example.org
Jefferson Township High School, Morris County, NJ
Human Sex Trafficking and the Super Bowl 2014
NEW! The NJ State Legislative Tracking Tool
AAUW of New Jersey now has a state-of-the-art legislative tracking tool that gives us an up-to-date snapshot of pending NJ State Legislation. Follow the links from this report to become informed about proposed NJ legislation affecting women’s issues. Investigating these matters will help our organization take effective and timely action on policy issues in our state.
Graduating to a Pay Gap
Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation explores the earnings difference between female and male college graduates who are working full time one year after graduation. More info…
The Simple Truth About the Pay Gap (2014)
AAUW has updated the research report: The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap with new numbers and graphics.
In this commonsense guide about the gender pay gap, AAUW breaks down the latest research into key, straightforward facts, including:
- state by state rankings of the pay gap
- the pay gap by age, race/ethnicity, and education
- guidance for women facing workplace discrimination
- resources for fair pay advocates
WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN AAUW NEW JERSEY TO PROMOTE $TART SMART WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT NEW JERSEY COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES.
HELP NARROW THE PAY GAP. AS WE KNOW “OVER THE COURSE OF A WOMAN’S WORKING LIFE, A WOMAN WILL EARN ROUGHLY $1 MILLION LESS THAN A MAN- SIMPLY BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN.”
$TART $MART SALARY NEGOTIATION 3 HR WORKSHOPS:
- PROVIDE BENCHMARKS FOR SALARY AND BENEFITS
- OFFER SALARY NEGOTIATION SKILL-BUILDING EXERCISES
- TEACH PARTICIPANTS HOW TO DEVELOP A BUDGET TO DETERMINE SALARY NEEDS AND RECEIVE A FAIR WAGE.
RECRUIT C/U CONNECTION COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
C/U Connections Northern Coordinators Dawn Doman and Lissa Anderson
C/U Connections Central Coordinators Pat Baroska and Barbara Williamson
C/U Connections Southern Coordinators Marion Ingram and Mary Switzer
DETERMINE THE CAMPUS CONTACT PERSON WHO WILL WORK WITH OUR $TART $MART TEAM TO CHOOSE A DATE AND CAMPUS LOCATION FOR WORKSHOP.
FACILITATORS FOR WORKSHOPS ARE AVAILABLE.
WORKSHOP FEE – CHARITABLE TRUST AAUW NJ MAY HELP TO PAY FOR WORKSHOP COSTS.
Contact $tart $mart Regional Managers:
Barbara Williamson, (732) 842-9588 or (732) 995-7749
Jane Baus-Niemeyer, (609) 617-7489
$TART $MART TEAM
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