Marking Equal Pay Day
It’s sad but true: in terms of equal pay for men and women, Michigan ranked 42nd in thenation in 2014 with a pay gap of 25%, compared with the national average of 21%.
To highlight that unpleasant state of affairs, President Amy Seetoo and Past President Kathy Stroud went out in advance of Equal Pay Day and delivered cookies with a 25% bite out of them, along with information sheets, to 15 local offices and organizations. These included the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce, the Ann Arbor Observer, numerous offices at Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and Washtenaw Community College, and the Women’s Center of Southeast Michigan
On April 12, the actual national Equal Pay Day, the two joined members of other AAUW- Michigan branches, as well as representatives from the League of Women Voters, UAW, and the National Organization of Women (NOW) to hear briefings from state representatives and/or their staff on the progress of all the bills related to equal pay. They also sat in front of the Capitol steps to hear rousing speeches on the need for equal pay and the importance of sick leave legislation.
NEXT BRANCH PROGRAM: Wednesday, May 18, 2016:
Annual Spring Luncheon at Polo Fields Washtenaw, 2955 Packard Road, Ypsilanti, MI. Social hour begins at 11:00 AM.
The annual spring luncheon wraps up our branch program year, celebrates local scholarship winners and Eleanor Roosevelt honorees, and welcomes next year’s Board. This event is for branch members and their guests only, and advance reservations ($26) are required. For reservations, contact Donna Blomquist.
STEMbox – Great Gift Idea
StemBox is a monthly subscription service that sends young girls aged 7-13 a fun and educational science experiment each month. StemBox and Green Works have partnered up and will donate $1 to AAUW for every box sold in March 2016. This money will go directly to powering our national Tech Trek program. Order a STEMbox for a special young girl in your life!
Make a Difference!
Learn New Things! Meet New Friends! Have Fun!
Just over 110 years ago a small group of women graduates in Ann Arbor gathered together to form the Ann Arbor Branch of the Association of Collegiate Alumni – the forerunner of AAUW. Today we are a vibrant, active group of some 300 intellectually curious women, devoted to improving the lives of women and girls through education. Along the way we manage to improve our own lives – and have a lot of fun. We welcome new members.
The AAUW Ann Arbor Branch Offers
- A group of educated women with diverse backgrounds and experiences
- Informative and stimulating monthly programs
- More than 35 small interest groups covering a wide range of topics and activities
- A used book sale that raises money for national fellowships, local scholarships, and awards to graduating high school seniors
- Community outreach activities like Brains Rule! and Let’s Read Math
- Membership in national and state AAUW organizations