Since 1933, our branch in Beaver Dam Wisconsin has been supporting AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

We are an active group of about 50 members.  We meet monthly September through April, with a brief business meeting and then a fun and informative program.   A delicious brunch and program on a Saturday in May ends the year.  Our group also hosts monthly morning and evening book clubs.

We sponsor two to three $2000 scholarships to area high school seniors each year.  In 2019, we started a new scholarship program for women who are returning to school through Moraine Park.   The money for these scholarships is the result of the community’s generosity at our one and only fundraising event:  the Scholarship Gift Basket Auction, held each year in October.

A message from your president:

As we enter our 86th year as a local branch of AAUW, may we be reminded of our mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

One of the ways we support the mission is by raising funds in our annual Scholarship Gift Basket Auction so that we can give scholarships to graduating high school seniors each year, as well as older women returning to college at Moraine Park. This event is our one and only fundraiser for the year. Through the generosity of our members and guests, we have raised over $57,000 in the last ten years. This year marks our 25th basket auction and will be held on October 16, 2019.  Last year’s book sale table was such a success that we will be doing it again this year.  So we hope to see you, either as a member or a guest, at this year’s event beginning at 5 p.m. to socialize, browse the baskets (both silent and live) and buy a few books!

Our board worked hard over the summer to plan an exciting year of informative and interesting programs. Hope you can join us for the first program of the year on September 18, 2019.

For the non-profit group this year, I have chosen PAVE (Protect, Advocate, Validate and Educate), which is an organization that helps anyone affected by violence.  We’ll be collecting items and money at each program throughout the year.  You can go to their website at www.pavedc.org for a complete list of items.  They could use everything from toiletry items to food to postage stamps.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and we will see you soon!

Diane Kitchen

Continue reading below regarding important issues at the State and National level….

Equal Pay Day 2019 Content Suggestions

1. AAUW Applauds Paycheck Fairness Act Introduction in Congress

AAUW Applauds Paycheck Fairness Act Introduction in Congress

The Paycheck Fairness Act is sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The bill is bipartisan in the House of Representatives and co-sponsored by every Democrat in both the House and Senate. (A version of the bill was first introduced in 1997.) The Paycheck Fairness Act is also an important complement to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which ensures that ongoing pay discrimination at work can be challenged regardless of when the discrimination began. That act was signed into law 10 years ago on January 29, 2009.
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2. Fact Sheet: The Paycheck Fairness Act of 2019

“The Paycheck Fairness Act is essential to eradicating practices that have perpetuated the pay gap for far too long. In 2019, the idea that we still don’t have equal pay for equal work is nothing short of outrageous. AAUW urges the 116th Congress to take this important step towards pay equity with the swift passage of the bill.”

— Kim Churches, CEO, American Association of University Women

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3. A Q&A with Lilly Ledbetter, Fierce Champion of Equal Pay

As one of the first women hired as a manager at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1979, Lilly Ledbetter showed leadership potential from the start. When she found out after many years on the job that she was earning substantially less than her male colleagues, she challenged her employer in federal court.
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4. Victory For Equal Pay

Closing the gender wage gap will take work on many fronts, but one key tool is having more information about salaries. Removing the shroud of secrecy about who earns what is a critical step towards ensuring equal pay for equal work.
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5. Simple Truth

The gender pay gap is the gap between what men and women are paid. Most commonly, it refers to the median annual pay of all women who work full time and year-round, compared to the pay of a similar cohort of men. Other estimates of the gender pay gap are based on weekly or hourly earnings, or are specific to a particular group of women.
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6. U.S. Cities Reveal a Wide Range of Gender and Racial Pay Gaps

The gender pay gap is a real and consistent problem, which is all too apparent when we examine the data on the earnings of men and women. No matter how you break down the numbers—by state, by age, by education, or by occupation—the gap is substantial. And cities are not immune to this problem, as our new analysis shows.

AAUW has analyzed the pay gap faced by women of different races and ethnicities in 25 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The analysis revealed that there is a substantial gender pay gap in all 25 cities, with even larger gaps for black and Hispanic women.
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