Mission: To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.
We are in the middle of the holiday season. For me Thanksgiving to New Year’s is all a holiday with great parties and gatherings, great decorations, and great food. But, not everyone has access to parties or gatherings, or does not enjoy the decorations because of their own worries and anxiety, or does not have food to eat, let alone party food. So where does my subject of “gratitude” come into play here? What can we really be grateful for? When people are grateful …. no matter how small the grateful impression, it fosters optimism and promotes hope. Being grateful for little things in life is as important as, let’s say, you won a large amount in a lottery. Being grateful helps your self-esteem, boosts immunity, reduces anxiety, builds stronger relationships, and promotes positive emotions. When people are grateful for things in their own lives, they generally spread their thankfulness and giving around to help others in need like the people I mentioned at the beginning of this article. Which in turn goes to another turn and so on.
What am I grateful for?I am grateful for all of you members of AAUW and the people surrounding you for you have all worked persistently and given much to further the cause of AAUW by working in your local communities with agencies like food banks. You help women and girls become strong, capable, and successful women in their work establishments, in their schools, and in their associations by doing things like STEM workshops. Just thinking about grateful deeds makes those decorations shine a little brighter.
You will be Enlightened and Empowered! You will want to attend this event because of all the information coming forth that is very important in our current times. The event is Public Policy Day on February 4, so mark your calendars today and register by clicking on the blue icon or on the picture of Dr. Medlock.... Who is Dr. Morgan Medlock, the keynote speaker? In January, 2022, Dr. Medlock was appointed the Behavioral Health Commissioner for the State of Colorado and a member of the Governor's Cabinet. She is an emergency psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist by training. Dr. Medlock previously served as the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Crisis and Emergency Services for the Washington, DC, Department of Behavioral Health. She also served on the faculty of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior at Howard University College of Medicine and has held a previous appointment as a Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Medlock's education includes an MD from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, her MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and her MDiv from Andrews University.
Nature or Nurture? No, It's Bias (from National Website)
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields will account for some of the fastest growing — and highest paying — jobs of the future. Yet girls and women are still not on par with boys and men in preparing for or entering into these fields. Gender bias in school remains a significant barrier to girls’ progress in STEM. Starting in early childhood, teachers and parents provide explicit and implicit messages that boys and men are “better” at math and science — although there is no evidence for that. Black girls and women and Latinas are even more likely to be dissuaded from pursuing math and science, because they face discrimination and have less access to critical resources, opportunities and role models. Research shows that there is no inherent difference in math and science capability between girls and boys. It’s also a myth that girls aren’t interested in science: In elementary, middle, and high school, girls and boys take math and science courses in roughly equal numbers, except in engineering and AP computer science, according to the National Science Foundation. One study found that the apparent gender gap in mathematics is smaller in countries with greater gender equality, suggesting that gender differences in math are largely due to cultural and environmental factors, not ability.
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How many of you know this? It is possible to donate to qualified charities before the funds are taxed. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 first allowed taxpayers age 701/2 and older to make tax-free charitable donations directly from their IRAs to charities of their choice and AAUW National is a qualified charity. That law is permanent now by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. Go to the AAUW State website to see more information regarding QCD.AAUW-CO.aauw.net
In Person Event
"MISSION AND MEMBERSHIP GROWTH"
April 21-22, 2023
Meet Your Friends............. At the DoubleTree in Aurora, Colorado Start planning today for a get-away in the spring where you will be enlightened by fabulous speakers and enjoy great food.
PUBLIC POLICY DAY
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FEBRUARY 4, 2023 (via Zoom)
Use this opportunity to invite your friends and relatives over to your house for a "viewing party" making you hostess of the month. Your guests do not have to be AAUW members but after February 4, they might be very interested in joining.
Wishing you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR. SEE YOU IN 2023!
Upcoming State Events
~ Public Policy Day 2023 on February 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!
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.