AAUW’s recently released its latest research report, Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success. This report demonstrates how women are relying on community colleges more than ever, and has recommendations to improve women’s success rates and entry into male-dominated career paths.
Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski was head of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention program prior to being “arrested and charged with sexual battery,” according to the Arlington, Virginia police department. Krusinski drunkenly “approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks.”(1)
It’s become clear that the military is not capable of solving its epidemic of sexual violence. Despite years of studies and empty talk, there were 26,000 sexual assaults in 2012 — more than 71 per day – and up from 19,000 in 2011.
We have to do something about those numbers. A proposed bill in Congress called the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act, or STOP Act, would create an independent, professional office in the military to investigate, and prosecute sexual assault cases. Urge your representative to cosponsor the STOP Act (H.R. 1593) and fundamentally change how sexual assault is handled in the military by clicking HERE.
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s worth taking a moment to read VGIF’s Mother’s Day Special News Flash as a reminder of one of the many ways VGIF makes a difference in the lives of women around the world.
So our branch website just finished its makeover to reflect the new logo and look of AAUW. We hope you like it!
Our branch received AAUW CA’s branch “program of the month” recognition for our February program listserv discussion of the documentary “The Invisible War.” Our program vice president has posted an excellent summary of the program discussion (including how much we raised for the Legal Advocacy Fund) in hopes that it not only is a resource to our members, but also a how-to guide for other branches — especially AAUW virtual branches like ours! — to hold a similar program.
Congratulations to our program vice president, Krys Wulff, for a job well done, and to our members for participating in such an informative program.
Todays’ Special Section of the New York Times “Dealbook “ is all about women in the workplace especially in the upper echelons of business. The lead article “Women in a Man’s World’ talks with female business executives about their experiences climbing the corporate ladder. There are also articles about gender bias and helping girls become more tech savy.
A week from today, April 9, is Equal Pay Day, an ironic name for the day that represents how far into 2013 women have to work to catch up to what men earned in 2012. So now is a good time to share AAUW’s annual wage gap analysis, the 2013 edition of “The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap.”
It may be downloaded from the AAUW website, and comes complete with charts on the gender pay gap broken down by state, race/ethnicity, education, and age. For workers ages 20-24, the pay gap is already 7 percent, and widens as women enter prime working years, up to a staggering 24 percent gap for full-time workers ages 45-54, the time when most workers build up the bulk of their retirement nest egg.
As AAUW Director of Research, Catherine Hill, said, “The gender pay gap hasn’t budged in the past 10 years. Everyone’s familiar with the 77-cent statistic because it’s been around so long. What’s especially problematic is that even when you compare women and men in the same jobs, we still find gaps. That’s unacceptable.”
Yet another reason why we need to be involved in the effort to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. Make your voice heard using AAUW’s Two-Minute Activist.
Women make better corporate leaders than men because they are more likely to make fair decisions when competing interests are at stake, according to the International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics.
Female Leaders are more inquisitive than men and tend to see more than one solution to a problem.
This leads to decisions that are likely to be in the best interests of a company.
Is this anything that anyone of us didn’t know? Occupying positions of power will bring more parity to our whole life, but it is going to be a tough fight. Look for an interview airing on a PBS network with Sheryl Sandberg. She talks about her new book: “Lean-In” but she also reveals her own insecurities even to this day. Educating a female must change!
Source: LATimes.com/Business 3.28.2012
Congressmen Harkin (IA)/Miller (CA) are introducing a bill to raise the minimum pay to $10.10 (from $7.25)
What do the 10 largest occupations where employees make under $10.10 per hour have in common?
In each and every one, women are the majority of workers. In 7 of these occupations, women are two-thirds or more of the workers. As our new infographic shows, the minimum wage is a women’s issue.
Let’s watch and see if the minimum wage passes.
Today is International Women’s Day and in the United States we can celebrate the day because yesterday President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law
When the House passed the VAWA bill, Lisa Maatz, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, wrote, “AAUW fought for this version of VAWA because it will create meaningful change on college campuses, which is essential in light of high-profile cases of rape and sexual assault. We celebrate that colleges and universities will now be required to create prevention programs for students and have greater transparency in reporting and better services for victims. Additionally, we should all be proud that the House and Senate acted quickly in the 113th Congress to move a bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The House’s votes to reject a bad VAWA amendment and to approve the Senate-passed bill will send an inclusive VAWA reauthorization to the president’s desk.”