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Welcome to AAUW Wisconsin

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.

Getting Out the Vote!

10626673_10152236393131487_5400870281235172097_nToday, women wield great power in U.S. and Wisconsin politics. Women vote more often than men. Therefore, women are the ones who often decide who gets to become an elected official and who does not.

But to exercise our political power, women must first register to vote and then actually go to the polls and vote for candidates that would best represent their economic and social interests.

We have an opportunity with the upcoming November 4 election to reach out this fall to young and not-so-young women who might be persuaded to register to vote and become new voters in your districts.

Below are some resources to help branches Get Out the Vote

Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Webinar

AAUW WI Voter Guide Card

AAUW-WI Public Policy Statement 2014-16

To Entice You: the Convention Highlights

For complete schedule, see the Spring 2014 issue of Badger Briefs.

Friday, April 25th

Pre-Convention Workshops

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. $tart $mart salary negotiation training:  
Three-hour salary negotiation workshop for 40 students followed by 1-1/2 hour facilitator training session for up to 20 from AAUW. Offered on UW-Eau Claire campus.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Branch Best Practices:  An orientation and update for branch presidents and presidents-elect who face the special issues and obligations required of those who head a branch. Find resources and brainstorm with peers.

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Panel of AAUW Fellowship and Grant Recipients
Dr. Sanjukta Chaudhuri, UW-Eau Claire
Gwen Taylor, Girl Scouts of Northeast Wisconsin
Jessica Clark, Edgewood College, Madison 

8:45 p.m. Movie: Girl Rising


Noon. – 1:30 p.m. Catherine Hill Presents The Role of AAUW Research in Advocacy (AAUW Director of Research)

1:45 p.m. NCCWSL – Students Share Leadership Experiences

2:40 – 3:30 p.m. Stay Strong Workshops:

  • How to mix electronic and print media to reach AAUW members and the public.
  • It’s My Vote
  • C/U 101: Create Campus Partners


Redistricting forum in Madison Monday, 2/17

“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

Wisconsin Convention 2014 Teaser

“Start Smart, Stay Strong”  AAUW WI Convention 2014
April 25-26 at the lovely new Holiday Inn South in Eau Claire (map)ConventionLogo2

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 aauweauclaire@gmail.com.


“If you aren’t in the kitchen… “: Legislative Day 2013

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

Legislative Day 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:

Sara Finger, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health
Jennifer Lewis, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin

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 Enrollmentus 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.