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The Branch Connection AAUW Dallas Branch Newsletter

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February - March 2019 Newsletter

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Happy 2019! I hope the new year has gotten off to a good start for each of you. I hope you have made a resolution to share AAUW with someone who is not familiar with this tremendous organization that has been advancing equity for women and girls since 1881!

In order for our organization (and our branch) to continue to grow and benefit more women and girls in the future, we each need to have an elevator speech ready on a moment’s notice. We should have a clear, brief message or “commercial” about AAUW, to share our mission and how others can benefit from an affiliation with AAUW. It should take no more than 20-30 seconds, approximately 80-90 words, or 8-10 sentences. Rehearse your elevator speech with a friend or in front of a mirror. The important thing is to practice it OUT LOUD. You want it to sound natural. Get comfortable with what you have to say so you can breeze through it when the time comes.

Be ready. You might be called on to share your elevator speech at our next branch meeting on February 2. This will be our annual meeting highlighting AAUW’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Please join us and bring a friend as we celebrate African-American History Month with a panel discussion on being a female artist in Texas.

Nelda Reid, Branch President

February 2 Branch Meeting, 10:00 a.m. Meadows Conference Center, 2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas - A Morning Coffee with Four Texas Women Artists

Bus Stop by Tyra Goodley

Please join AAUW Dallas Branch on Saturday, February 2, at 10:00 a.m. as we celebrate African American History Month with a panel discussion on being a female artist in Texas. Artist/ filmmaker, curator and scholar Lauren Cross will moderate the discussion and the group will include artists Jennifer Cowley, Tyra Goodley and Letitia Huckaby. Coffee and brunch bites will be served. Admission is free. Please RSVP aauwdallas@gmail.com.

This presentation precedes the opening of the Texas Women’s exhibit “#ustoo: Phenomenal Women” at the African American Museum of Dallas. This exhibit will open February 16 and will end on May 31.

March 2 Branch Meeting, 10:00 a.m. Meadows Conference Center, 2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas - Presentation on Human Trafficking

Please join us as we commemorate both Women’s History Month and International Women's Day. AAUW Dallas member Michelle McAdam, of New Friends New Life, will be our speaker for this special Remembrance Day. New Friends New Life works to bring the issues of human trafficking to light and help survivors find restoration and healing. Attendance is free. Coffee and bites will be served. Please RSVP at aauwdallas@gmail.com.

Opportunities to Serve on Committees & our Board

The Dallas Branch Nominating Committee is looking for a few good great women who would like to join the Dallas Branch Board for the coming year. The Nominating Committee will recruit candidates for Board and officer positions for the coming term. Elections will be held at the April meeting. New officers will be installed in May and take office on July 1st. If you would like to be considered for a Board position or could serve on the Nominating Committee, please contact us by email at aauwdallas@gmail.com and put "Nominating Committee" in the subject line.

The Dallas Branch Scholarship Committee will review applications and select applicants for interviews in March. The committee will interview the selected applicants in April. If you are interested in serving on this committee please contact Pat Clendenin at a meeting or by email at aauwdallas@gmail.com. Please put "Scholarship Committee" in the subject line.

Contemporary Literature Group

Books scheduled for discussion by the Dallas Branch Contemporary Literature Group for the next 3 months:

  1. February 13 - Alive, Alive Oh!: And Other Things That Matter by Diana Athill
  2. March 13 - The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
  3. April 10 - The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostov

If you are interested in attending to discuss any of these please contact Barbara Davis for time and location. Email aauwdallas@gmail.com and put "Literature Group" in the subject line.

Interest Groups

We are always looking for ways to spread the AAUW message and mission. Interest groups have shown to be effective in growing and retaining membership. Which of the interest groups below would 1) be of interest to you or 2) would be something you would tell a potential member about?

We are always looking for ways to spread the AAUW message and mission. Interest groups have shown to be effective in growing and retaining membership. Which of the interest groups below would 1) be of interest to you or 2) would be something you would tell a potential member about?

  1. Book Club
  2. Cultural Outings
  3. Gourmet Dinner Group
  4. Science Group
  5. Movie Discussion Groups
  6. Lunch Bunch
  7. Global Issues Discussion
  8. Travel Discussion Group
  9. Hiking Group
  10. Healthy Living Group
  11. Other, please provide details. Please reply to aauwdallas@gmail.com with your interests, and put "Interest Groups" in the subject line.
December 2018 Holiday Brunch Group
(left) Members at African American Museum Exhibit tour- Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello. (right) Books collected and donated to Vickery Meadows area elementary schools

AAUW Analysis: What the 2018 Midterm Results Mean for Women

The midterm elections ushered in changes at all levels of government: Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Republicans will likely increase their ranks in the U.S. Senate. At the state level, Democrats flipped seven state legislative chambers and picked up at least seven of 26 previously Republican controlled gubernatorial seats.

But the dominant story of this election is the power of women. So far, polling suggests over 52 percent of voters in this election were female, matching their previous turnout record in the 2010 midterms. And not only did a record number of women run for office, a record number of those women will now serve, even as we await more election results. Beating the former high of 112 women set by the current Congress, at least 102 women will be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives and at least 23 women will serve in the U.S. Senate. Additionally, at least nine women will lead their states as governors. To read more of this analysis, please click here.

AAUW opposes changes; releases study showing schools dramatically underreport harassment and violence

WASHINGTON – Federal education officials took steps today that could make it more difficult for students to report incidents of sexual harassment and violence—and easier for schools to ignore them when they do. The U.S. Department of Education announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would diminish protections under Title IX, the 1972 law that bars gender discrimination at schools and colleges receiving federal funds. The proposed rule changes are subject to a 60-day comment period before taking effect. Read the complete AAUW study here.

Schools Are Still Underreporting Sexual Harassment and Assault

Nov. 2018 AAUW Report. Students should be able to go to school free from experiencing sexual harassment or violence. That’s the promise made over 45 years ago by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibited sex discrimination in any educational institution or program receiving federal funding.

Unfortunately, despite Title IX’s best efforts, and the additional protections afforded to students by the federal Clery Act and other state and local laws, sexual harassment and violence still interfere with the education of too many students. Even more alarming is that many schools make it difficult for students to come forward and that schools fail to properly report incidents of sexual harassment and violence when they occur. As a result, many students remain negatively impacted by unlawful sex discrimination in schools. Read more about the AAUW analysis related to the Clery Act here.

Local Community Events

We share here a few of the many local events that may be of interest to our branch members. If you know of an event that you would like for us to consider placing on this list, please email the information to aauwdallas@gmail.com and put "Community Events" in the subject line.

PAST NEWSLETTERS

Nov. 2018 - Jan. 2019 Newsletter

Message from the Branch President

As I am writing this, it’s been a rainy few days, and there seems to be no end in sight. However, we know it will eventually end. Unlike the rain, we, as AAUW members, are reminded that we can’t stop. Our work continues. This is a critical voting year. (Aren’t they all?) I hope you have read your latest issue of University Women Texas, where we are given this critical reminder. “AAUW Texas continues to be leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls in the state. Your voice is a crucial component to ensure we address the barriers and implicit biases that hinder the advancement of women. Some of the most historically powerful methods we use to affect change at AAUW are activism and voting. This is where we need you.”

In addition to preparing for the election cycle, we are looking forward to hearing our very own, Rose-Mary Rumbley speak on November 3 about some determined, heroic women of Texas, who have blazed trails and put their cities on the map with their accomplishments. The November meeting will be a great one to bring a friend to. We need everyone to help sustain and grow our branch.

It’s also time to start planning to attend our annual holiday luncheon and to help with donations to the various causes we support at this time of year. Please read through this issue of The Branch Connection and mark your calendars for upcoming branch meetings and other opportunities, such as the trip to the African American Museum on December 15 at 2 p.m.

We are hoping to start up some new interest groups, and we passed out surveys at the October branch meeting. If you weren’t there, please take a look elsewhere in this newsletter, and let me know (aauwdallas@gmail.com) if you or others you know might be interested in these groups. Interest groups have been a big part of our branch’s history, and we hope they can be a vital part of our future.

Don’t forget to vote! RSVP for the holiday luncheon! Bring a friend on November 3.

Nelda Reid, Branch President 2017-2019

ROSE-MARY RUMBLEY SPEAKS AT NOVEMBER 3 BRANCH MEETING

Rose-Mary Rumbley

Unsung Sheroes of Texas: Women of Texas who have made their cities proud! A 50-year honorary member of AAUW, and former president of the Dallas branch, Rose-Mary holds a Ph. D. in Communications from the University of North Texas. She served as a professor of Speech and Theatre at Dallas Baptist University for 12 years and as Single Adult Minister at First Baptist Church, Dallas, for 7 years. She also appeared on the stage at the Dallas Summer Musicals and at Casa Manana in Ft. Worth. Today, she is an author and a favorite on the speaking circuit and enjoys researching each and every topic. Rose-Mary has two grown children and one grandchild. Invite friends and family to come with you to enjoy this amazing performer/historian.

HOLIDAY BRUNCH AT CELEBRATION RESTAURANT DECEMBER 1, 11:30 - 1:00

The annual silent auction fund raiser for LAF will be held in conjunction with our December Holiday Meeting. Make your reservation at the November Meeting or by emailing aauwdallas@gmail.com. Please put "Holiday Brunch RSVP" in the subject line. (See brunch cost at the bottom of the menu options below.) This year you will pay for your meal at the restaurant.

Holiday Brunch will be at Celebration Restaurant. RVSP to aauwdallas@gmail.com.

Holiday collection of new or gently used books for children at the elementary schools in Vickery Meadow. Martha Stowe, Director of the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation, who spoke to our group several years ago about the children of Vickery Meadow pointed out that: Research shows children are more likely to read during school holidays if they have the opportunity to choose their own books and to keep the books. Reading reduces the academic slide that occurs during school breaks. The Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation collects books from which 2nd and 3rd grade children at McShan and Lowe Elementary Schools select two books each for the two weeks of winter break. Many Dallas branch members have brought books to the December AAUW luncheon meetings over the past several which were delivered to Martha before the deadline. If you would like to bring a book to the November or December meetings, we will make certain they are delivered to Ms. Stowe. Please keep in mind that giving for this cause is entirely voluntary.

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SILENT AUCTION FOR LEGAL ADVOCACY FUND

The Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. AAUW resources range from community outreach programs to backing of major cases.

If you are bringing a donation for the Holiday Silent Auction on Dec. 1st please try to arrive at Celebration a few minutes early, in order to set up your item(s) and to fill out the bid form. Or bring your bid form(s) already filled out to the luncheon with you. Donations to LAF are tax deductible. If you solicit items or services from someone please fill out the donation form, sign it and give it to them for their tax records. Please note: a copy of both a bid form and the donation form are included with this newsletter.

2017 Holiday Luncheon Photos

VISIT TO DALLAS AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2:00 P.M.

Join us for the Slavery At Jefferson's Monticello Exhibition Tour. $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and up and children 4-12. Deadline is December 1. We will collect money at the November meeting and holiday luncheon. RSVP’s can be made at the meeting or RSVP at aauwdallas@gmail.com. Please put "RSVP for Slavery Exhibit" in subject line.

BRANCH MEETING, JANUARY 5, 2019

Movie featuring AAUW issues followed by group discussion, 10:00 a.m, Meadows Conference Center

CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE GROUP

Contemporary Literature Group

Books scheduled for discussion by the Dallas Branch Literature Study Group for the next 3 months:

  • Nov 14 - The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee
  • Dec 12 - Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay
  • Jan 9 - An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Please contact Barbara Davis for time and location by e-mailing aauwdallas@gmail.com. Please put "Literature Group Information" in the subject line.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATES

The Dallas Branch Board is pleased to announce that KayLynn Lyon has accepted the position of branch Membership Vice President. The position had been vacant since July.

Membership in AAUW means being part of a community dedicated to changing the climate for women and girls. Membership also comes with benefits-- members save up to 80 percent off at Office Depot, and there are insurance, travel, and other discounts available; see http://www.aauw.org/membership/benefits/. Every time you use your benefits, you are also supporting AAUW’s vital work, which is what makes AAUW one of the nation’s most powerful voices on women’s issues.

Our local branch also offers opportunities to participate in local programs—scholarships, book club, monthly speakers, and others. Please join us!!

For membership forms and information email KayLynn Lyon at aauwdallas@gmail.com. Please put "Membership" in the subject line.

A BASELINE FOR ECONOMIC FREEDOM: 80 YEARS OF FAIR LABOR STANDARDS by Laura Huizar

Eighty years ago today on October 24, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) took effect, creating for the first time a federal right to a minimum wage and overtime while also banning child labor. While most of us may not think of this event as a landmark achievement in the fight for freedom in this country, anyone who works or has ever worked here may want to take a moment to be grateful for the brave workers and leaders who pushed for the FLSA. The Act used the power of the federal government in an unprecedented way to tackle conditions that amounted to economic enslavement for millions of workers and articulate new possibilities for economic rights. Prior to the FLSA’s adoption in 1938, countless children, some as young as 5, worked day and night and many risked their lives in dangerous mines, factories, and mills. By 1810, “about 2 million school-age children were working 50- to 70- hour weeks." Children and adults across the economy were forced to endure sweatshop conditions for starvation wages. Although some states and even the federal government passed legislation to prohibit child labor or establish a minimum wage, courts found those laws unconstitutional because they limited one’s “liberty” to contract with employers over wages and conditions. It wasn’t until 1937 that the Supreme Court reversed its position when it upheld Washington State’s minimum wage law. Frances Perkins, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Secretary of Labor, seized this opportunity to draft the FLSA and with it establish a new type of basic economic freedom grounded in a worker’s right to a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, a right to rest, and a right for children to be children and not simply cheap labor.

In 2018, the FLSA continues to guarantee a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and overtime pay after 40 hours in a week, while prohibiting harmful child labor and retaliation. It also recognizes that some workers and regions may need more protections and so allows state and local governments to adopt higher minimum wages or additional coverage and protections.

Nevertheless, twenty-one states have a minimum wage no higher than the FLSA or don’t have a minimum wage at all, effectively making the FLSA the only minimum wage protection for more than 20 million workers.

The Fight for $15 has brought new attention to the need to update and strengthen our basic minimum wage and labor rights. In November 2012, fast food workers stepped out and demanded both a $15 minimum wage and a union. Although some perceived it as an almost outrageous demand, it reflected the decidedly outrageous fact the current federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 for almost ten years, and almost half (43.7%) of U.S. workers earn under $15 an hour. As the cost of living continues to climb despite stagnating wages for many workers, the current minimum wage’s full-time annual pay of $15,080 is simply not enough for most workers to afford the basics. And while our young children now have a right to go to school instead of the factory or mill, parents and their children increasingly struggle.

A worker in Houston, Texas, explained, for example, that she’s an active participant in the Fight for $15 because even though she’s worked for McDonald’s for 22 years, she has no money left over after her car, insurance, and other basic expenses, and this makes her sad because she doesn’t “have anything left for any luxuries, such as filling up the fridge with food.” She wants more time to spend with her children who miss her with her hectic work schedule, and she wants a “dignified life that they deserve.”

Just like the reformers of the New Deal knew, today’s workers and many leaders around the country know we can do better. Since 2012, more than 20 states and more than 40 cities and counties have adopted a higher minimum wage, benefitting more than 19 million workers and raising wages by more than $62 billion. Congress could choose to act at any moment on the Raise the Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024. Workers and advocates now face a hostile administration, however. In fact, the Department of Labor announced an anti-worker regulatory agenda last week. Among other things, the Department aims to weaken overtime provisions adopted by the Obama administration to reverse the decline in the number of workers covered by overtime—in 1975, 65 percent of salaried workers were eligible for overtime but only 11 percent of workers qualify today.

Another proposed rule would put children at risk by lowering age restrictions on the application of toxic pesticides, and yet another would allow more 16- and 17- year olds to work in hazardous occupations.

Ultimately, the FLSA established our most basic workplace protections 80 years ago and its core values remain as relevant today as they have ever been.

Reflecting on the hard, sometimes gruesome, conditions that led to its enactment should remind us not to take any piece of it for granted, and challenge us to push for an equally bold vision of economic freedom for our times.

Gender Pay Gap

One critical career skill everyone needs to master: Salary negotiation.

Thanks to our partners @CocaColaCo and @LUNAbar, @AAUW has a free, one-hour online course to women how to do that!

Closing the #paygap would lift 2.5 million children out of poverty, according to @AAUW’s newly updated 2018 report The Simple Truth.

American women lose out on $500 billion each year b/c of the gender #paygap. AAUW is committed to achieving #equalpay. That’s why AAUW is launching the FREE online Work Smart salary negotiation course! Let’s close the pay gap together! Take the one-hour course now:

"[The trainings] are really focused on the qualitative and quantitative data women need to understand the marketplace and their skills and abilities." - AAUW CEO @ChurchesK on AAUW's newly launched Work Smart Online salary negotiation course.

Help us achieve #equalpaynow by learning to negotiate your salary and benefits: http://bit.ly/NegotiateNow

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As a Two-Minute Activist, you will receive urgent email notices when your advocacy is needed most. AAUW will provide all the tools you need to call or send messages to your members of Congress, write letters to the editor for your local newspapers, contact your state legislators about pressing issues, and more. Receive urgent e-mail notices to contact your members of Congress right in your inbox. Join the AAUW Action Network today! Ctrl Click below to sign-up and to receive the latest calls to action: Yes, I'd like to become an AAUW 2-minute activist.

AAUW - Founded in 1881

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls.

Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. For the 2018–19 academic year, 250 women and community projects serving women and girls have been awarded $3.9 million from AAUW. To see more, click here: AAUW Educational Funding and Awards.

The AAUW Dallas Branch is currently providing local scholarships to 16 outstanding DISD graduates.

INTEREST GROUPS SURVEY

We are always looking for ways to spread the AAUW message and mission. Interest groups have shown to be effective in growing and retaining membership. Which of the interest groups below would 1) be of interest to you or 2) would be something you would tell a potential member about?

  1. Book Club
  2. Cultural Outings
  3. Gourmet Group
  4. Science Topics
  5. Movie Discussion Group
  6. Bridge Group
  7. Lunch Bunch
  8. International Interest Group – current global concern
  9. Travel Discussion
  10. Hiking Group
  11. Healthy Living
  12. Other, please provide details

Please reply to aauwdallas@gmail.com with your interests. Please put "Interest Groups" in the subject line.

SILENT AUCTION BID SHEET/LAF DONATION FORM

Click here to download the Silent Auction Bid Sheet.Click here to download the LAF donation form.

AAUW Dallas Branch Leadership
  • Nelda Reid, President
  • Roksolana Karmazyn, Vice-President of Programs
  • Janelle Hampton, Treasurer
  • KayLynn Lyon, Vice-President of Membership
  • Pat Clendenin, Corresponding Secretary, Public Policy Chair
  • Marva Jo Curry, Diversity Chair
  • Margaret Gilmore, College University Relations Chair
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