Since 1921, AAUW Wisconsin has been supporting the national mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. With over 30 branches stretched across the state, we combine our efforts to improve the lives of women and girls in Wisconsin and beyond.
Convention details, scholarship and development news, financial tips for branches – it’s all in this month’s Badger Briefs!
“What Ever Happened to Good Government in Wisconsin?
And How Can We Fix It?”
Monday Evening, February 17th
6:30 to 8:00 PM
Edgewood College – Anderson Auditorium
1000 Edgewood Drive, Madison, WI
Panelists will include:
State Senator Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center)
State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison)
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Executive Director Andrea Kaminski
Political Science Professor Steven Davis of Edgewood College
Executive Director Jay Heck of Common Cause in Wisconsin
Scott Milfred, Editorial Page Editor of the Wisconsin State Journal will serve as Moderator.
Please join us for what will be an informative and lively discussion.
Full details can be found here: http://www.commoncausewisconsin.org/2014/01/ccwi-public-forum-in-madison-on.html
On November 19th, AAUW-Wisconsin hosted a webinar about making the most of your C/U connection(s). Now, the powerpoint is available, complete with notes.
Instructions: Under “File” click on the arrow to download the file, to get the complete version with notes.
AAUW Wisconsin President Joyce Hoffman spoke on Madison station WKOW about the importance of STEM education for girls and women.
“Start Smart, Stay Strong” AAUW WI Convention 2014
April 25-26 at the lovely new Holiday Inn South in Eau Claire (map)
We plan to offer a pre-convention $tart $mart workshop on Friday, April 25, and have already confirmed Catherine Hill, AAUW-National Director of Research, as the Saturday keynote speaker.
Stay tuned for a proper overview, more information, and the opportunity to sign-up. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorable Quote from the Day: “If you aren’t in the kitchen, you’re on the menu.”
Lest you think that your efforts in public policy go unnoticed, hear the words of your state president, Joyce Hoffman, as she reported her AAUW lobbying group’s reception. “Barb, they gave us a standing ovation!” That’s right. The AAUW members from the Racine area went to meet their legislator and they were taken to the Democratic caucus meeting and given a standing ovation. When the caucus members heard the visiting women were lobbying for
AAUW issues, they stood up in response. These legislators are beginning to understand that AAUW issues are worthy of their attention and support. They understand that AAUW members are issue oriented and not party loyalists. They hear from us about legislation and they know us.
This happened because on October 16th AAUW members from across the state gathered in Madison to hear speakers on issues needing legislative action. The speakers came loaded with facts and motivating challenges for us to take to the Capitol later in the day. The attendees were riveted by the message the presenters gave. We heard from:
Women’s Health and Reproductive Health:
Public Education Issues/Voucher Effects on Public Education:
Jennifer Kammerud, Legislative Liaison for WI State Superintendent
Work Place Issues/Pay Equity
Emily Kitchin, 9 to 5, Milwaukee
Anne Hedgepeth, AAUW Government Relations Manager (via Skype)
Campaign Finance Reform/Redistricting 2020
Mike McCabe, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Charged up by our speakers on the current status of these issues, we went to the WI State Capitol to speak with our legislators and their staff. Not every legislator is going to agree with us on every issue but they will know where we stand. We can continue to make them aware that we are tracking their votes and hold them accountable for their actions. In many cases they are hoping we don’t know their voting record or will forget before the next election.
We each need to communicate with our state senators and assemblypersons on the issues. By signing up for the Two-Minute Activist on the WI AAUW website, you will become part of a troop of AAUW members who are working for the principles of AAUW and equality for women and girls. Remember, if you aren’t part of the solution, you may be next on the menu.
On October 16th, we will meet at the Crowne Plaza in Madison to hear several speakers discuss the current status of issues. Speakers will come with talking points and position papers that will guide your discussions with your legislators. Our speakers are persons who deal with legislation every day in their positions.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the speakers present from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A working lunch is included as we organize for the trip downtown to the Capitol. You should make appointments with your Assemblyperson and State Senator in advance of the day.
For more information, please see the current Badger Briefs: Fall 2013.
On short notice AAUW-WI wants you to know about the opportunity to join with women from around the state in letting our legislators know you feel women deserve equal opportunity in the law.
Who: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, One Wisconsin Now, 9to5 Wisconsin, NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, Reproductive Justice Collective, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, and many more.
Join with multiple partner organizations at the #standwithwiwomen Rally on Women’s Equality Day, August 26th, at the State Capitol! The rally will go from 12 noon until 1 on the State Street corner of the Capitol Square! After the rally, we encourage you to meet with your legislators and tell them enough is enough- Wisconsin women deserve better.
Our government leaders have taken Wisconsin in the wrong direction by pushing for policies that harm Wisconsin women, families, and communities. They have repealed the Equal Pay Enforcement Act; slashed access to quality, affordable health care including BadgerCare; and gutted funding for quality education and child care. When women succeed, Wisconsin succeeds.
Can’t attend the Aug. 26 rally? Join us on Twitter at #standwithWIwomen.
Coming to a mailbox near you, Fall 2013…
Read about Legislative Day, State Convention, NCWSSL scholarships, and more.
Coming up, Saturday, September 14: Appleton’s Centennial Gala!
To register, please download this registration form (pdf) and mail it in!