Officer Election for 2021-22

Circle with the Word VoteSince 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

Equal Pay Day 2021

Image of Zoom Webinar for Equal Pay DayThis 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!

The State Convention Booklet is Here!

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The convention booklet for the 2021 AAUW Wisconsin State Convention is now available for members to download here:

The booklet includes:

  • Information on how to attend this year’s first ever virtual convention
  • Full convention agenda
  • Breakout session descriptions
  • Zoom business meeting rules
  • Officer reports
  • Officer nominations
  • Much more!

We hope that you will be able to join us and our exciting keynote speakers, including , Kathy Evers, First Lady of Wisconsin; Julia Brown, AAUW National Board Chair; and Shelia Stubbs, Wisconsin State Legislator, as we “reflect on the past, and prepare for the future!”

Registration for State Convention Opens March 1

Online registration for AAUW Wisconsin’s 2021 Annual State Convention will open on March 1 at This year’s convention will be virtual, with all sessions held via Zoom.

Think of all the reasons why you haven’t been able to go to past AAUW conventions. The 2021 Convention Committee has solved many these problems for you!

  • Registration Fees – NONE, it’s free!!!!
  • Transportation Costs – NONE, no car or gas needed.
  • Distance to Convention – NONE, just take your computer to your favorite room in your home.
  • Dining Costs – NONE, just get a sandwich and favorite beverage from your fridge.

2020 has been a year of new learning experiences for all of us with many of our branches mastering how to Zoom to connect with each other in our general meetings, book clubs, projects, and holiday events. So why not with our State Convention?  

A big THANK YOU to Ann Brice (La Crosse Branch) who set up the web page and will be managing the technology for the convention.

SAVE THE DATE: Annual State Convention (April 23-24, 2021)

Mark your calendars, now! AAUW-WI will be hosting its Annual State Convention online on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24, 2021. We anticipate NO REGISTRATION FEE for this virtual convention.

Tentative Schedule:

Friday, April 23, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

  • Welcome & Video from AAUW National
  • Keynote Speaker: A Conversation between Early Suffragettes
  • Virtual Hospitality Rooms (small group chat rooms to connect with old and new friends)

Saturday, April 24, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

  • Business Meeting and Installation of Officers
  • Featured Speaker: State Legislator, Sheila Stubbs
  • Breakout (small group) sessions
  • Featured Speaker: Celebrating the 19th Amendment: Women who Dared

We need your input!
Click this link to complete an online 2-question survey that asks you to indicate your preferences for breakout session topics.

Questions? Contact Donna at:

Thanks so much!

Donna Anderson
Kleo Baruth Kritz
AAUW Convention Chairs

Public Policy Day 2020 Materials

Image of a flyer for the Public Policy Forum 2020Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for Public Policy Day 2020! If you weren’t able to attend, this year, here are the video recordings and speaker materials:

Night 1 (August 25, 2020)

  • The Maps Mess in Wisconsin, Carlene Bechen, Fair Maps WI (PowerPoint | Video)
  • The State of Public Education in Wisconsin, Denise Gaumer Hutchison, Wisconsin Public Education Network (PowerPoint | Video)

Night 2 (August 27, 2020)

  • How to Become an Informed Voter and Educate Others, Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (Video)
  • GOTV During a Pandemic, Debra Cronmiller, League of Women Voters of WI (Video)
  • Election In a Pandemic, Stephanie Malaney, AAUW-WI (PowerPoint | Video, 31 min. mark)

Register for State Public Policy Day 2020

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Public Policy Day is going virtual this year! No driving to the meeting; just sit at your computer or mobile device to hear some great speakers on key issues for our state, via Zoom.

We can agree that this November’s election has special importance. The persons elected to our State legislature will determine how redistricting will be handled. AAUW reminds us to be non-partisan and fair to ALL citizens. Majority parties should not be drawing districts behind closed doors. Legislators should not be picking their constituents; voters should be picking their legislators!

August 25, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Carlene Bechen from Fair Maps WI will discuss how fair redistricting has gained bipartisan support across the state and how we can assist in changing the way district maps are drawn.
  • Denise Gaumer Hutchison of the Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN) will tell us how we can influence great public education without offering vouchers to private institutions.

August 27, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Matt Rothschild of The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign will discuss how to differentiate between “fake news” and “real facts,” how to become informed voters and educate others, and why absentee ballots are safe.
  • Debra Cronmiller of League of Women Voters will discuss how to inform and encourage voting during a pandemic, and deal with sometimes cruel and bitter vitriol.
  • Kate Nielson/Robin Lucas from AAUW National Headquarters will discuss suggested methods to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and share what other branches/states are doing to talk about issues, not candidates.

Register for one or both sessions:
Download the Public Policy Day 2020 Flyer

Resources to Help Branches Meet Online (Part 2)

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AAUW WI State Board Meeting held via Zoom

Since the pandemic has limited our ability to meet in-person for the next year, the AAUW Wisconsin state board would like to keep branches up-to-date on technology that can help facilitate virtual meetings and events for 2020-21. At the start of summer, we provided information on Facebook Messenger group chats, Google Hangouts and Zoom. Since then, one additional option has been released: Google Meet.

If most of your members have Gmail accounts, this new app from Google could be an easy and FREE way to host a branch, committee or book club meeting online. You can find directions for how to schedule and start a video meeting, as well as other topics, in Google Meet Training and Google Meet Help.

Note: there is a limit of 100 attendees and 60 minutes for those with free Gmail accounts.