AAUW LAF Express December 2014

Supreme Court Hears Pregnancy Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Young v. UPS, a case that could affect the rights of pregnant workers across the country. Peggy Young, a UPS driver, requested temporary light-duty work as a result of pregnancy complications. Although UPS provided light-duty work to other drivers with similar restrictions, the company refused to provide the same accommodation to Young. If the court sides with UPS, it could leave pregnant workers vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace. During the arguments, AAUW and our allies led a rally in support of workplace protections. Check out our Supreme Court preview for more information on Young’s case and others awaiting the court’s decision in 2015.

Message from Linda Hallman, CAE, AAUW Executive Director

2014 has been quite a year for AAUW! From empowering women at the ballot box to continuing our groundbreaking efforts to close the pay gap, AAUW remains a leader in the fight to level the playing field for women and girls.

With your support, we were able to:

– Work with President Obama to increase pay protections for women. AAUW’s Lisa Maatz stood with our friend Lilly Ledbetter and the president as he signed two executive orders that banned federal contractors from retaliating against workers who discuss their salaries. Thanks to these measures, the U.S. Department of Labor will now collect wage data to help identify patterns of discrimination and support compliance. We will continue to fight for equal pay for equal work for everyone.

– Leverage our internationally acclaimed report, Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We’re proud and excited about completing the research on our latest project to address the biases and stereotypes that have held women back in engineering and computing fields — and early this spring, we will launch a new report delineating the concrete actions that families, schools, workplaces, and policy makers can take to level the playing field in the years to come.

– Help thousands of college women advocate for themselves and learn how to negotiate their salaries through our $tart $mart workshops. In 2015, we’ll expand our reach with Work $mart, empowering professional women around the country to negotiate better salaries and benefits.

Because of you, we accomplished a tremendous amount this year, and we have big plans for 2015 — but only if we have your support.

Thanks to the generous donors of the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle, every tax-deductible gift between now and December 31 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $35,000.

Donate today and guarantee that your commitment to the advancement of girls and women goes twice as far in 2015.


Linda D. Hallman, CAE
AAUW Executive Director

Giving Tuesday

SeasonofGiving_BlogImage2As if we didn’t already read about all the important reasons to donate to AAUW Funds in Krys Wulff’s post last week, AAUW has given us another good reason to donate tomorrow on “Giving Tuesday”:  Each gift received on December 2 will be matched dollar for dollar by the Mooneen Leece Giving Circle!

Refer to our earlier post for instructions on how to donate online and give the Online Branch credit for you contributions.


A Time of Giving

Philanthropy photo     Beginning in the fall, we are all bombarded by organizations vying for our discretionary dollars. It is interesting to understand the distinctions of philanthropic giving and charitable giving. Charity focuses on eliminating the suffering caused by social problems, while philanthropy focuses on eliminating social problems.

Philanthropy is derived from the Greek word, “Philos”, which means loving, and “Anthropos”, which means humankind. The purpose of philanthropy is to improve the well-being of humankind by preventing and solving social problems.

Definition of philanthropist

Historically it is thousands of years old. there are references to philanthropy in the Koran, Bible, Torah, in the teachings of Buddhism and in the Japanese and Native American cultures. The first american philanthropists were the Native Americans, who emphasized concern for the common good.

Until the middle of the 19th century, philanthropy in the US was focused on religion and morality. but a new philanthropy began to grow outside of the authority of religion. It was a freely chosen, independent way for individuals to improve society in ways they deemed best. It has always played a very important role in American society.

Philanthropy supports libraries, schools, hospitals, performing arts and museums. It also supports research and social services that are all beneficial to society.
When you decide to give any portion of your hard earned monies to any part of the AAUW Funds, you are a true philanthropist. You are helping eliminate larger social problems. It becomes your legacy.

Give as generously as you can, but become a part of the growing legacy of AAUW Funds that support women and girls for the future.

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VGIF News Flash: Multi-Year Grants

Entrepreneur training program by Center for Women's Awareness and Development in Nepal

Entrepreneur training program by Center for Women’s Awareness and Development in Nepal

The CA Online Branch is a member of the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund.  In the November issue of the VGIF News Flash, you can read about how the multi-year grants begun in 2010 have made a significant difference in the lives of the grantees who are now in their final year of 3-year grants.

Book Group Reading List 2014/2015

September 25, 2014 –  “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd
November 25, 2014 – ” Love and Treasure” by Ayelet Waldman
January 25, 2015 –  “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
March 25, 2015 –  “And the Dark Sacred Night” by Julia Glass
May 25, 2015 –  “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

AAUW LAF Express – November 2014

Did You Miss LAF’s Supreme Court Preview Call? You Can Still Listen In!

On October 22, AAUW members across the country joined LAF staff to learn about the most important cases the court will hear this term. Federal courts are sometimes the last, best hope for women who have experienced discrimination in education, employment, or health care. This year, the Supreme Court will consider a number of issues with the potential to significantly affect the rights of women and girls, including a case on interpreting the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and more fallout from the court’s disastrous Hobby Lobby decision.

If you missed the call, you can listen to it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tthbrz5SbKg#t=37 or read a summary of our discussion at http://www.aauw.org/2014/10/30/supreme-court-preview/. We’ll keep you updated on the cases as the court’s term progresses. Look for information about our wrap-up call next summer once the court has issued its decisions.

“Voter Abuse”: reflections on the 2014 ballot

Thought Onliners — especially those who participated in the program on the California Initiatives on the Nov. 4 ballot– would appreciate these comments from a new citizen and voter. You might have heard it on KQED’s Perspectives. It’s short, and she makes some excellent points.


She mentions that the ballot cost 91 cents to mail, yet there was no notation on the envelope about this.  I didn’t realize this and my husband and I mailed ours without extra postage.  I WONDER HOW MANY BALLOTS WERE THROWN AWAY because they didn’t carry enough postage.


Book Group News – November 2014

Our next book is “Love and Treasure ” by Ayelet Waldman.  This is a historical novel, taking us to WWII Hungary and the story of a train with a special treasure: GOLD. It poses hard questions about the value of precious things in a time when life itself has no value, and about the slenderest of chains that can bind us to the griefs and passions of the past. (summary thanks to GoodReads)

Our discussion will begin on November 25.

Online Branch Program-CA Initiatives

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AAUW CA has taken positions on four of the six initiatives that are on the California ballot this November.  The Online branch is conducting a program listserv discussion this week to learn more about these initiatives and AAUW’s position on them.  To read more about them prior to the program, visit the Public Policy page of the AAUW CA website (scroll down to the “Ballot Measures” heading). The program summary is now available at Oct. 2014 Program-CA Initiatives. There are many links in this document. Be sure to download it to your computer so the links work easily.