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Changing the Climate for Women and Girls in Maryland

As summer comes to a close, I am excited to see the commitment of AAUW Maryland members who are working to change the climate for women and girls in Maryland.  At the June and July board meetings, members agreed to a series of action items to enhance the State’s role of recruitment and retention through advocacy and education.

We will increase member participation and AAUW-Maryland visibility in the Public Policy area by advocating for Post-Secondary Education Child Support Supplement, a Howard County Branch initiative; support other AAUW priorities , including Fair Scheduling, Sick Leave, and Equal Pay; get out the Vote; and advocate for Title IX; encourage each branch to have a Title IX Coordinator.  During the upcoming legislative session, we are planning a “Day in Annapolis” for AAUW-Maryland members.

We will increase state membership by 10% by establishing an on-line Maryland community that will target national members and AAUW Maryland members whose branches have been disbanded;  increasing visibility of AAUW-Maryland at local, regional and state events; creating a state brochure; and forging relationships with like-minded organizations, the military community, and women’s professional groups.

Finally, we will promote communications and celebrate AAUW Maryland’s 75th Anniversary in April 2017.  We will encourage every branch to send members to the National Convention in Washington, D.C. in June 2017; continue to be the platinum sponsor of the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) Women of Distinction Ceremony and increase publicity about NCCWSL to branches and colleges/universities; and begin a Start Smart Initiative.

I encourage all members to attend the October 15 state meeting in Bethesda.  Our guest speakers will be Kate Black , from the  Younger Women’s Task Force DC,  an initiative to involve members who are under 40 in  AAUW’s mission.  She will discuss the Start Smart/ Work Smart Program, their work on salary negotiation, and the successes and challenges they faced.  And we will hear form two dynamic women student leaders who will share their experiences at NCCWSL. Early Bird” registration must be postmarked by October 1st.   More information.




Creating a Vision for AAUW Maryland 2016-2018

AAUW Maryland members are developing a vision and action plan for the next two years with the theme – recruitment and retention through advocacy and education.  We started the process at the Transition Board meeting on June 25 and will continue at the State Summer Leadership Conference and Board meeting on Saturday July 23, 2017 at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benefield Road, Severna Park, MD 21146.  We will start the day with a keynote address by Claudia Richards, Senior Branch Relations Manager at AAUW National, and then move into the planning process.  Our goal for the day is an action plan.

Be part of the process for ensuring that AAUW-Maryland is changing the climate for women and girls in Maryland.  Registration is underway.  The early bird rate ends July 9.   More information about the Summer Leadership Conference in the Marylander.

Maryland Enacts Equal Pay Bill Supported by AAUW

“This law is a major step toward closing the pay gap that affects so many women in the state of Maryland,” said Anita Rosen, co-state public policy chair of AAUW-Maryland. “We know that equal pay is not simply a women’s issue, it is a family issue and an economic issue. Wages lost to the pay gap mean less money in women’s pockets which results in less money for buying a home, an education, or saving for retirement. Women and their families can’t wait for equal pay. But this new law provides a major tool in their fair pay arsenal.”

bill signingThank you AAUW Marylanders! Without AAUW, Anita Rosen would not have had the opportunity to stand behind Governor Hogan as he signed SB 481 / HB 1003 The Equal Pay bill on Thursday, May 19th.  And standing next to her was Senator Susan Lee, a member of Kensington-Rockville AAUW. Senator Lee was the main sponsor of the Senate bill, who spoke eloquently for it at the committee hearing, and worked so effectively with some many partners to make Maryland one of the most progressive states in the United States in regard to Pay Equity legislation, eliminating barriers to Equity such as the “employer Defense” loophole and prohibiting retaliation against sharing salary and job information. Thanks to AAUW’s national staff who supplied legislative alerts,  research data, and materials that helped make our case.  Thanks to the our coalition partner, Working Families, who invited  Senator Lee and Anita Rosen to speak at the Press Conference in front of the State House before the bill signing.  And thanks to the  AAUW Action Network supporters who sent over 100 messages to the governor urging him to sign the bill.

Kate Nielson of the National AAUW staff attended the bill signing and press conference. It was her first bill signing as well as Anita’s!  But it certainly was not Senator Lee’s first – she has successfully sponsored a number of bills that help make Maryland a better place for women, children and families.


Equal Pay Day – Tuesday April 12

By:  Anita Rosen & Louise Chatlynne, AAUW MD Public Policy Vice Presidents

Tuesday, April 12th is Equal Pay Day.  That’s the date on which the average woman works to earn as much as her male counterpart did by last December. This unequal pay affects women and their families while they are working and affects them as they age, since Social Security and other retirement benefits are based on earnings.  Plan to “recognize” Equal Pay Day by:

  1. Letting everyone you see or meet with on April 12 know it is Equal Pay Day and that women deserve equal pay.
  2. Reading  the Simple Truth from AAUW to get the facts about equal pay at:http://www.aauw.org/files/2016/02/SimpleTruth_Spring2016.pdf
  3. Contacting Governor Hogan and ask him to sign the Equal Pay for Equal Work bill that was passed by both the Maryland House and Senate (HB1003 & SB481) to eliminate barriers to equal pay.  Call him at 401-974-3901 or 1-800-811-8331

Apply to be on an AAUW Committee or Task Force by April 25, 2016

 Do you want to take an AAUW webactive part in AAUW? Do you have experience and expertise in the work of an AAUW committee or task force?

AAUW is looking for enthusiastic and responsible leaders. The work carried out by committees and task forces is the cornerstone of AAUW accomplishments. Active participation in AAUW committees and task forces enables participants to grow as leaders as AAUW advances its mission.

Committee or task force appointment by the national board is for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2016. Members may be re-appointed for another two-year term. Applicants may apply for no more than two committees/task forces.

Please view the link below to read about the opportunities available and apply. Applications will be accepted through Monday,April 25, 2016.

AAUW MD Alert: Support SB#1100 ASAP!


Anita Rosen & Louise Chatlynne, Co- Vice Presidents, AAUW Maryland Public Policy


Bev Fallik and the Howard County AAUW Branch have developed and gotten behind a piece of legislation that helps custodial parents and their college age children gain support from non custodial parents for college tuition.  It is:

Entitled: Family Law: Child Support-Age of Majority – Post Secondary SB#1100

Sponsored by: Senator Lisa Gladden

Status:  The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing is scheduled for March 17th at 1 pm.

Make a simple call or short email to support this bill before Noon on March 17th (see Senators, emails and phone numbers below).

AAUW Maryland supports this bill, which  recognizes the implications of the high annual cost of attending college- as high at $50K for room, board and tuition. This can result in the largest debt anyone will incur, aside from a home mortgage. Yet, for the children in Maryland, child support currently ends at age eighteen, just when these high costs begin. In cases where there is a single,  custodial parent, usually  the mother (80% of the time), a woman faces difficult choices.  Should she incur huge personal debt to send a child to college?  Should she refinance her home or get a second job?  All of these options can delay or abandon the idea of retirement, and result in increasing elder poverty.  If she does not take on this task, will her child be burdened with huge college loans or, even worse, forsake higher education?  None of these choices have positive outcome for women, families, or the State of Maryland. Extending the age of child support to age 22 is a simple, cost-effective way to support women and families in Maryland, enhance quality of life and help promote higher education for all.

Please support Howard County AAUW and women and families in Maryland by calling or emailing the Chair and Vice Chair and others listed below any time, night or day,  to express your support.Tell them your name, that you are a Maryland resident , that you are a member of AAUW Maryland,and ask them to support SB#1100.

It is a simple, and one short call will have great impact.


Baltimore County

Robert A. (Bobby) Zirkin, Chair (D-11)
Phone: (410) 841-3131 | (301) 858-3131
E-mail: bobby.zirkin@senate.state.md.us

James Brochin (D-42)
Phone: (410) 841-3648 | (301) 858-3648
E-mail: jim.brochin@senate.state.md.us

Baltimore City

Lisa A. Gladden, Vice Chair (D-41)
Phone: (410) 841-3697 | (301) 858-3697
E-mail: lisa.gladden@senate.state.md.us

Carroll County

Justin D. Ready (R-5)
Phone: (410) 841-3683 | (301) 858-3683
E-mail: justin.ready@senate.state.md.us

Carroll & Frederick Counties

Michael J. Hough (R-4)
Phone: (410) 841-3704 | (301) 858-3704
E-mail: michael.hough@senate.state.md.us

Cecil & Harford Counties

Wayne Norman (R-35)
Phone: (410) 841-3603 | (301) 858-3603
E-mail: wayne.norman@senate.state.md.us

Harford County

Robert G. Cassilly (R-34)
Phone: (410) 841-3158 | (301) 858-3158
E-mail: bob.cassilly@senate.state.md.us

Montgomery County

Susan C. Lee (D-16)
Phone: (410) 841-3124 | (301) 858-3124
E-mail: susan.lee@senate.state.md.us

Jamin B. (Jamie) Raskin (D-20)
Phone: (410) 841-3634 | (301) 858-3634
E-mail: jamie.raskin@senate.state.md.us

Prince George’s County

Anthony Muse (D-26)

Phone: (410) 841-3092 | (301) 858-3092
E -mail: anthony.muse@senate.state.md.us

Victor R. Ramirez (D-47)
Phone: (410) 841-3745 | (301) 858-3745
E-mail: victor.ramirez@senate.state.md.us

AAUW Releasing Leadership Report in March

barriers and biasesBe the first to know about the findings of AAUW’s leadership report this March.  Sign up now!

Why do men still vastly outnumber women in leadership positions? AAUW’s newest research report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, explores this question, drawing from scholarly research and paying special attention to stereotypes and bias. The report provides recommendations for individuals and those in the education, corporate, and political sectors to contribute to an environment in which gender is no longer a barrier to leadership.

While you’re waiting for the report take a test to see if you are biased against women leaders. Knowing about the unconscious associations and connections we hold is the first step toward correcting our biases. That’s why AAUW is conducting our own original research on people’s associations between gender and leadership, and you can contribute by participating online!


AAUW’s “Charting the Course” – What It Is and How You Can Participate

By Christine Schmitz, Vice President, AAUW Maryland Funds

AAUW has played an important role in working toward equality for women.   Many achievements have been made but there is still much to be done to gain full equality with men.     Women are still on average paid only 78 cents for every dollar men are paid.   Only 20% of the members of Congress are women and only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.    I know that as an AAUW member you are familiar with these statistics.

Because of the work AAUW has done over the years in these areas, it is well positioned to work on taking these challenges to the next level.   Hence, the campaign “Charting the Course”.    This campaign is geared to raising $1,000,000 in unrestricted funds by December 31, 2016.     Because these funds are unrestricted, AAUW will be able to put the money to programs where the need is greatest.    Only one of AAUW’s programs – fellowships and grants – is fully funded through restricted gifts.   Every other program such as research, leadership development and advocacy relies on unrestricted gifts.     Recently, Tech Trek, $tart $mart, and Elect Her-Campus Women Win have been launched on a national scale because of unrestricted gifts.

These unrestricted funds also give AAUW the flexibility to act quickly in the face of any new challenges facing women and girls.   Just a note, membership dues cover just 30% of AAUW’s expenses.

I am pleased to report that to date over $600,000 in contributions have been made to this campaign.   More than 400 donors have participated thus far.   How can you participate?   The easiest way is to go to www.aauw.org/chartingthecourse and click on the donate button.

Branches will be recognized as “Charting the Course” Navigators if ten or more branch members make individual gifts totaling $25,000 or more by December 31, 2016.  If a Branch or State makes a $25,000 gift from its treasury by the deadline, they also will be recognized as a Navigator.

Please consider how you can participate in this important venture.

AAUW Maryland Convention – April 30, 2016

By:  Markonette Richardson and Susan Wierman, Co-Vice Presidents for Programs

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 30, for the 2016 AAUW Maryland State Convention at the Howard Community College in Columbia. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Access to Success.”
Organizers are asking that each branch bring a poster or other display to inspire discussion about a successful project or other idea to share with other branches.

The planning team is excited to let members know that Catherine Hill will be sharing information about AAUW’s report “Solving the Equation,” AAUW’s guide to corporate best practices and recommendations for promoting gender diversity in the engineering and computing fields. Catherine Hill is the vice president for research at AAUW. Before coming to AAUW, Hill was a study director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and an assistant professor in planning and public policy at the University of Virginia. She has a bachelor and master’s degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in policy development from Rutgers University.

The convention will follow closely on the heels of the 2016 session of the MD General Assembly, and the ever-popular Anita Rosen has agreed to plan and coordinate a public policy session entitled “2016 Public Policy in Maryland: What worked? What’s next?”

The planning team is also looking forward to hearing from AAUW Board member Anthony Hill, the first male elected to the AAUW Board. Anthony Hill serves as a liaison to the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. He earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in social work from Howard University. Anthony is a licensed clinical social worker and associate professor in the Department of Social Work at Delaware State University.

The meeting will begin at 8:45 on Saturday, April 30, and end by mid-afternoon. Members are encouraged to consider staying overnight on the 29th to extend the available time for networking with other AAUW Maryland leaders. Members should plan to wear something red, in keeping with the suggestion to wear red on Equal Pay Day April 12, 2016, to call attention to the disparity between salaries paid to men and women.

The Planning Committee looks forward to seeing this gathering of like-minded women in April!