The generosity of AAUW members and their enthusiasm for supporting our next generation of emerging leaders for equity has allowed us to fund ALL nine (9) of the candidates submitted by our Wisconsin Branches for the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL)!! In addition eleven (11) Afghan Refugees currently enrolled at Universities, expressing interest in participating in the conference have been funded as well! Special thanks to the Northwoods, Fort Atkinson and Tomah Branches for their significant contributions. National AAUW scholarships funded five (5) of the Afghan women. This is a total of 25 recipients!!
The DEI-focused (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) convention brought together a wide array of speakers for convention-goers to enjoy. We were honored to have AAUW’s CEO Gloria Blackwell and Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate, Dasha Kelly Hamilton to kick off our Friday evening. Dr. Renee Gralewicz delivered a passionate keynote speech on Saturday on the effects of colonialism calling on us to advocate for social justice especially for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Finally, Dr. Susan McFadden left us with an inspiring closing about memory and hope.
Our breakout speakers kept us engaged on a variety of topics Saturday afternoon. Several of the presenters have forwarded information that we will put in a resource section of the state convention website. We’re working on that as well as working on gathering, editing, and figuring out how to share the videos that were recorded of the convention. A reminder: our facilitators were not video professionals so be kind when you do get a chance to watch the videos!
Thank you to all the individuals & branches who donated to the auction for AAUW’s Greatest Needs Fund and/or made direct monetary donations. $5350 was raised this year.
Join AAUW as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX, highlight AAUW’s role leading up to Title IX’s passage, and reflect on its continued challenges and evolution. The program will include inspiring speakers, and recognize our members and supporters who have made significant contributions to AAUW throughout the past 12 months.
June 23rd, 4:30 PM Eastern Time
AAUW WI Public Policy
Stephanie Malaney, Coordinator
The AAUW WI Public Policy Committee has worked to filter through the many issues that are important to our members. In planning our work, the committee uses our AAUW WI Public Policy Statements and Resolutions passed at conventions along with AAUW Public Policy Priorities. By zeroing in on the issues the committee hopes to inform, to educate, and to activate our members.
This year the committee spent the summer months planning two webinars for August. The August 25 webinar was on Fair Maps and Wisconsin Public Education. Carlene from Fair Maps Wisconsin shared how district maps are drawn and the bipartisan support efforts. Heather DuBois from Wisconsin Public Education Network talked about how vouchers for private education impacts public schools. The second webinar was titled Being an Informed Voter and Getting Out the Vote. For this webinar speakers Matt Rothschild from The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Debra Cronmiller from the Wisconsin League of Women Voters, and Robin Lucas from national AAUW shared their expertise. Matt spoke on how to differentiate between fake news and real facts, Debra talked on how to inform and encourage voting during the pandemic, and Robin had suggested ways to Get Out the Vote.
After the election, the committee prioritized our work on two issues at the state level. The committee decided to focus our attention on Fair Maps and the Wisconsin State Budget as it relates to women’s health, education, student debit, and Title IX.
Committee members are now refocused on Fair Maps. The way district lines are drawn can have a significant impact on how legislators respond to their voters and there is growing concerns about voter suppression. AAUW WI members can expect more information on how to be involved.
The committee is also supporting the efforts of some of our AAUW members serving on the Caregiving Task Force. https://consortium.gws.wisc.edu/caregiving-task-force/
And finally, we continue to support the Paycheck Fairness Act that AAUW hopes to see passed this year. AAUW has spearheaded this act for 22 years. Signing up for Two-Minute Activist helps members be informed to support the passage of Paycheck Fairness Act. https://www.aauw.org/act/two-minute-activist/
AAUW WI Public Policy Committee
This committee has been continually active since early summer. I want to thank the Public Policy Committee who have been working tirelessly. If you want to join the committee, contact Stephanie Malaney, email@example.com or (920) 740-9632.
The latest Badger Briefs is available on the AAUW WI shared Google Drive.
Click here to access the drive and read the Fall 2021 newsletter.
Thank you to Fanny Behrens for all your hard work, and thanks to everyone who contributed an article!
Mark your calendars for the AAUW WI State Convention! It will be held April 22 and 23, with details coming soon!
Other important dates to remember:
- Winter Quarterly Report is due January 22.
- Winter Board Meeting is January 29 by zoom from 9 – noon.
- Winter Badger Briefs article is due February 5. (Subject to change in case of convention needs.)
- Spring Quarterly Report is due April 2.
- Spring Board Meeting is April 9.
- State Convention is April 22, 23.
- Spring Badger Briefs is due April 30.
- Year end timeline is due May 14.
On Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 6:30-7:30 PM, the Public Policy Committee will present our webinar, Fair Maps: We All Count. Every citizen should be able to exercise their right to vote for candidates that represent their communities of interest. Webinar panelists will talk about their organization’s work on the Fair Maps initiative. The Public Policy committee will highlight the Fair Maps Tool Kit they created for members. Committee members are available virtually for branch programs. Register in advance at: http://bit.ly/AAUW-WI-FairMapsWebinar.
Fair Maps Resources:
- Download the Fair Maps Tool Kit from the AAUW-WI Public Policy Committee
- Watch the Recording of the webinar
- “Gerrymandering, Explained” (Video)
- Can You Hear Us Now? (documentary on gerrymandering in WI)
- People’s Map Commission: https://govstatus.egov.com/peoplesmaps
- Fair Maps Coalition: https://www.fairmapswi.com/
With so much communication from AAUW national, state and local branches now coming via email and mail, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your contact information is correct in the Membership Services Database. Take a few minutes to login and verify that your information is up-to-date.
Since our Annual State Convention will be hosted virtually, this year, AAUW Wisconsin members will be voting for our 2021-22 officers online. The online ballot link was sent out to branch presidents on April 11 and closes on Friday, April 23, 2021 at noon.
If you or your branch have not yet received the link to vote for next year’s state officers, please reach out to Joan Schneider, President of AAUW WI, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This past Equal Pay Day, AAUW Oshkosh co-sponsored “Equal Pay Day: Impact of COVID 19 on Pay Gaps,” a virtual event with the Women’s Center at UW-Oshkosh. At the event, Dr. Alicia Johnson, UW Oshkosh Women’s Center Director and AAUW Oshkosh President, presented the most up-to-date information on the gender pay gaps from AAUW and discussed how COVID-19 is impacting the progress toward closing them. You can watch a video of the event here and view Wisconsin Public Radio news coverage of it here.
Comment, below, to share how your branch engaged in the community for Equal Pay Day!