Mission: To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.
Succeeding In Our Membership
We have begun a new season for AAUW Branches and for the Colorado State leadership committees. It feels a little bit like when I was a school teacher so long ago where the excitement of decorating the room; learning who my new students were; and what can we do differently this year to make learning more productive and enjoyable. So where do we need to dig in for improvement and advancement this season?Have you set any goals this year? Have you set any personal goals for yourself concerning AAUW? Maybe you said to yourself that you will attend all or as many general Branch meetings as possible. Maybe you said to yourself that you will intentionally give just a little more money to your favorite cause within AAUW. As a Branch, has your leadership had meetings this year to set goals for the Branch?
At our Colorado Fall Leadership Conference in August the emphasis was on hints and aids for regaining Branch membership that was lost during the covid years. Our AAUW is an organization that today’s women have in mind when they join a group. We have an exceptional cause for which women can get behind. We have branches in many cities to make it easier to get to group meetings for activism and fellowship. We have national leadership and representation for lobbying our cause for women and girls to get equality.
What are we hearing from our national AAUW office? They said in the latest Mission and Action from the AAUW National website, “this year, we compared all wage earners, including part-time and seasonal workers. When we used this analysis on the data released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau, women were paid barely three-quarters – just 77% -- of what men earned in 2021. And the pay gaps for Black women (64%) and Latinas (54%) were beyond egregious when compared to white, non-Hispanic men. Even the traditional calculation showed the overall pay gap had, at best, stagnated.”
You can see there is much work to be done. We need members to influence the work force and our government. We already have many dedicated, intelligent, capable members in our Branches so let’s get some more people to join us to carry on the mission. There really is strength in numbers so let’s invite our friends and neighbors with all the beautiful diversity in this world to come and join in our fight for the rights of equality and equity that we know are ours. Our aim is to enrich our branches with women of different ages, races, cultures, and backgrounds. Together we will succeed. Indeed we will.
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Develop a Persona
Mission Based Programs
TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The AAUW state Public Policy Committee has two primary responsibilities: 1) host the annual Public Policy Day and 2) monitor the Colorado General Assembly and advocate for or against bills and resolutions that impact AAUW’s core values.
Our committee is composed of the co-directors, a coalition coordinator, a lobby coordinator, the branch public policy chairs and additional members from the general membership appointed by the State Chair at the request of the Public Policy co-directors.
Our annual Public Policy Day features a legislative update, a keynote speaker, a panel discussion and a call to action for AAUW members. The 2023 Public Policy Day will be Saturday, Feb. 4, via Zoom. Registration information will be available on the AAUW Colorado website.
Behavioral Health is our 2023 theme, and our keynote speaker is Dr. Morgan Medlock, the new director of the new Colorado Behavioral Health Agency which was created by the legislature in 2021.
The 2023 legislative session begins in mid-January, and the committee will be busy studying the hundreds of bills that will be introduced. We will prioritize those bills that address AAUW’s public policy issues.
We analyze the bills and the accompanying fiscal notes to determine our positions in support or opposition. Those bills we actively support or oppose get priority attention, which includes letters to legislative committee members and testimony in front of the committees.
Our coalition coordinator works with groups such as the Women’s Lobby, League of Women Voters, COLOR and others to advance our positions on bills.
If you want to become more involved in implementing the AAUW public policy agenda, please contact Su Ryden at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Make your plan to vote this year.
Voting is one of the most powerful tools we have.
Yes, you can make a difference.
Encourage others on the importance of voting.
FUNDING OUR NATIONAL ORGANIZATION
Youbelong to AAUW because you chose this important organization! Its values appealed to you. Its needs are yours to consider as well.
So now we are 10 months into the calendar year. A 3rd quarter AAUW Funds report should be due within the month. What we know is that two Colorado Branches, Grand Junction and Fort Collins, have contributed in six months what they did in each of the past couple of years. Thank you!
Members, thank you for making your donations this past year to National's Greatest Needs Fund. This allows National to pivot and meet critical new areas.
How can you continue to help National?
With the changes being made to National's database these are the current suggestions for making donations at this time:
If you have established your profile and have a password you can go directly to the AAUW website and click the orange DONATE button.
If you do not have your profile established, please work with your Branch treasurer to make your donation to National.
Some of our members may choose to donate investments. A standardized process is being worked out right now by National and should be available within a few weeks.
Stormy McDonald, AAUW Funds Director
DEI Focus Thoughts about Inclusion by Stormy McDonald
......................Long ago and far away I was a new member at a first meeting with a buddy who knew many in that organization well. We were in one small group of several visiting when I observed my friend, Karin, make eye contact with someone just coming into the room. That newcomer came to our small group where Karin quietly welcomed her and quickly caught her up on our topic of conversation. The newcomer interacted with us and later moved on to another group. I, then and there, vowed to acquire that skill of being aware, welcoming and making all visitors feel comfortable.
......................This month is Hispanic Appreciation Month. On NPR I heard about some Hispanics who live in the United States who have been on their land for 15 generations. Imagine that!
.......................This month candidates and ballot issues are topics to learn from and about. We each have thoughts and preferences for what will be best for our cities, counties, state, and country. It's a good time to hear a bit from others now so we understand others' points of view. Being able to formulate and ask questions that bring out more facts is our task. "Community growth depends on the inclusion of every individual voice."
Mark Your Calendar
Upcoming State Events
~ Public Policy Day 2023 on February 3-4, 2023 (Virtual)
~ Colorado State Convention on April 21-22, 2023, at the DoubleTree in Aurora - our first in-person get together in three years!
~ Deadline for the Branches to apply for a $500 grant from the Eugenia McClure Grants for AAUW Branch projects and programs is January 1. See the AAUW State website for details and application.
In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks 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.