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AAUW’s Equity Network — An Inclusive Community with One Goal: Equity for All

Are you interested in building your network, enhancing your professional development, and working alongside others to advocate for change? The Equity Network is advancing the conversation and leading the charge to achieve equity for all. Connect with individuals who share your commitment to inclusion on our campuses, in our workplaces, and in our communities — and who want to do something about it.  Learn more about Equity Network


AAUW Ohio Coffee and Convos Book Discussions 2020/2021

November 2020 – Racism
Saturday, November 14th
Time: 10:00am to 11:00 am via Zoom
The Vanishing Half: A Novel Brit Bennett, 2020
Approximate book cost $16
Lead discussion: Marlene De La Cruz and Naykishia Head

January 2021 – The ways that race, class, motherhood, and belonging intersect to shape each individual.
Saturday, January 16th
Time: 10:00am to 11:00 am via Zoom
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng 2019
Approximate Book Cost $10
Lead discussion: Linda Lehman and Diane Ahlers

RSVP here:  January Coffee and Convos 

February 2021 – Women and Leadership
Saturday, February 20th
Time: 10:00am to 11:00 am via Zoom
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, Caroline Criado Perez 2019 Approximate Book cost $16
Lead discussion: Deborah Wooldridge and Rush Rodgers

March 2021 – Working across the generations
Saturday, March 20th
Time: 10:00am to 11:00 am via Zoom
OK Boomer, Let’s Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind, Jill Filipovic 2020
Approximate Book cost $15
Lead discussion: Adriene Knight and Deborah Wooldridge

AAUW Ohio’s Fall Summit & Convention: Fall Kickoff            Part 1 & 2 – October 2020

Part 1: Women’s Rights and Advocacy 100 years after Selective Suffrage with Lisa Maatz.

Lisa Maatz, AAUW’s former top Policy Advisor inspired attendees to make plans for after the November election. 49 attendees at the September Zoom event heard Lisa’s advice on Women’s Rights and Advocacy 100 Years after Selective Suffrage.


Part 2: Gendered Impacts of Covid-19 with Dr. Cynthia Anderson, Chair and Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Ohio University.

Dr. Cindy Anderson’s research revolves around women, work, and rural labor markets. Her current project focuses on distressed Appalachian counties. She teaches classes in sociological theory, feminist theory and introduction to sociology. In addition to AAUW, Dr. Anderson is active in the National Association for Women’s Studies, Sociologists for Women in Society, and Rural Sociological Society. She has participated in various leadership courses, including HERS Higher Education Research Services (HERS), American Council on Education (ACE), and American Sociological Association (ASA).

AAUW Ohio’s Officers

President Michelle Radtkin, Co-Program Vice Presidents Marlene De La Cruz-Guzman and Chris Fowler, Membership Vice President Linda Lehman, Fundraising Vice President Nakishia Head, Secretary Debby Stein, and Finance Officer Jana Patchen.

Contact information is posted on the Branch Resources page and in the national’s MSD, select State Officers, 2020-2021.

Finance Officers Guide

Branch finance officers should become familiar with the new guidance for paying dues. Read about it here.

Branch Awards Announced

Branches receiving awards for 2019-20 were announced at the end of the 95th Annual Meeting on April 25, 2020. Awards were given for newsletters, program books, websites, social media, diversity and inclusion, and for Ohio’s STARZ award.  View the slide shows on the Branch Corner page. Read about the awards in the Spring 2020 Orbit.

Submit Your Branch Officer List Now

Branches with Ohio-Updated Lists: Wooster, Findlay, Youngstown, Middletown, Cleveland, Warren-Trumbull County, Zanesville, Bowling Green,  Worthington, Medina, Washington Court House, Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst,  Northeast, and Circleville

Don’t wait or you will lose your rights in the national’s member services database. Even if your officers are the same as last year, you must submit the new list before June 30–once to national and once to Ohio. While you are doing this, consider appointing another member to have the right to access the data in case you are unable to do it.  Note: AAUW Ohio restricts your contact information to the password-protected Branch Resources page. Check there for emails.

Updating officers is a two-part job–once with national and once with Ohio.

  • Fill in this Branch Officers Form and email it to Ohio’s administrative coordinator   Even if your officers are the same as last year, send your list.  Include the office, first and last name, street, city, zip, phone, and email address.
  • The second part: submit your officers to AAUW by logging in to the Member Services Database (MSD).  On the new website, near the top, click on Membership.  Click on the Membership Services Database. You will need to log in.  The next part is easy:  you can select members and officers from lists–no typing required. Later this year, the MSD will change, but until then, it’s the same one you know–just a different route to find it.

Orbit Newsletter

Read the Spring 2020 AAUW Ohio Orbit today.

Taking Note of Branch Events . . .

Read about news for branches on the Branch Corner page and news from branches on the Branch Events page.

AAUW Trains Women To Negotiate

Moving on to train the next million . . .

Use the free tool AAUW’s Work Smart Online.  Find out more… Register for Work Smart Online.  Everyone benefits from knowing how and when to negotiate. Have you heard that the online course is free?

How’s Your Alone Time Going?

In a notice canceling Northeast Ohio’s next event, the email suggested some things to do in your new-found alone time.

  • Keep in touch with family and friends by phone, email, FaceTime, Facebook, etc.
  • Write them a letter like the governor suggests – write about a time in your life you haven’t told them about yet.
  • Start a journal.
  • Attack that pile of books you haven’t had time to read or get eBooks from the library.
  • Plan your garden.
  • Do a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Sew on those buttons.
  • Work in the yard.
  • Learn a language or take a class through the library databases – Mango and Lynda.
  • Watch a movie with Hoopla.
  • Try a new recipe.

There are so many things you can do. It will be fun when we do get back together hearing what everyone did.

The Cumulative Impact of Sexual Harassment

AAUW’s newest research report finds that workplace sexual harassment can take a toll on women’s physical and mental health, limit their job choices, reduce prospects for career development and even force them out of the workforce. These negative effects compound over time, reducing women’s lifetime earnings, and contributing to both the gender and retirement wage gaps, the report concludes.

Join us to make an impact on women and girls. Download the report from our national site.

AAUW Ohio Outlines Legislation to Watch

Ohio General Assembly 133rd Session introduced bills on economic issues, human trafficking, education, and gun control. Economic issues include an Equal Pay Act, Family and Medical Leave, and a “pink tax” exemption. These are bills to watch and make your opinion know to your Ohio legislators. Read more on our Advocacy page.

In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks an inclusive membership, workforce, leadership team, and board of directors. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, geographical location, national origin, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.