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The United States sent the highest number of women athletes in Olympic history to participate in the 2016 summer games. Of the 555 athletes representing the U.S., 292 are women and 263 are men. In the 2012 Olympics in London, U.S. women won more than half of the total medals awarded, and they took home more than 60 percent of gold medals.
Women Legislators Accomplish More in Office
According to a study of Congress since 2009, women legislators passed twice as many bills as their male counterparts. Women are more likely to introduce legislation focused on women, such as increasing paid leave, equal pay, and prosecuting violence against women. Women legislators are even better at securing funds for their home districts, bringing nine percent more federal funds—for improving programs such as early education and local infrastructure—back to their home districts than their male colleagues. Today, about one-fifth of Congress is made up of women (104 women), compared to just 33 women 25 years ago. However, barriers persist in women’s access to higher offices. Women are less likely to feel qualified for political office and are less likely to have a colleague or mentor encourage them to run. In addition, Brookings research found that women running for office are 15 times more likely to be responsible for child care and are six times more likely to do the majority of housework than their male political opponents.
Women have been running for president of the United States since 1872 — before women even had the right to vote. This year, two high-profile women entered the race, and Hillary Clinton has now become the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. Here are some of the women who have tried to crack the ultimate glass ceiling.
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Let’s Read Math Continues!
Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt at Easton Public Library
SAVE THE DATE!! SPREAD THE WORD!
Our AAUW inter-branch Diversity: Deeds and Dialogue group has chosen the next book for a Lehigh Valley Community ONE READ event on 11/5. The title is BREAKFAST at SALLY’S: One Homeless Man’s Inspirational Journey by Richard LeMieux.
AAUW will be co-sponsoring the event with the NAACP of Bethlehem. Check back for more information as it becomes available.
A New Way to Pay Your Dues
AAUW Easton Branch now has two ways to pay your national, state and local dues. You may send a check to AAUW Easton Branch using the dues form in the newsletter or attached to the letter you recently received. Or—you may use the Membership Payment Program (MPP) and pay your dues online following the procedure below.
Photos from our May Dessert
Congratulations to our scholarship winners Lindsay Copeland and Kailynn Shockency, our Outstanding Woman Colleen Kuschle, our Named Grant Honorees Janet Heffner and Fran Kennedy, and our Special Honoree Zoe Roble.
Co-presidents Fran Kennedy and Nancy Butow thanked the board members for their service to the branch during this past year.
Women in History Returns
May 19, 2016 at 3:45
On May 19, 2016 girl scouts, led by Kay Wolff, will tour the Easton Cemetery. Meet at the cemetery entrance at 3:45 pm. Helen Beebe and Belle Archer will be portrayed by two Easton Branch members. There will be at least one other branch member taking photos. The tour will last from 4:00 – 5:30. Grave sites of seven notable Easton women, the chapel, and the George Taylor monument will be visited. Girl scouts will also be provided with special paper and tennis balls and learn to take grave rubbings and how to clean grave sites.
May Dessert and Scholarship Awards
Tuesday, May 17 at 7 pm
First Presbyterian Church
333 Spring Garden St., Easton, PA
This year’s dessert features Lemon Curd/White chocolate cake. Coffee and tea will also be served. Cost is $10 per person and a RSVP form can be found on page 6 of the May newsletter.
Join us as our branch members and scholarship recipients are honored