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Tuesday, September 20, 7 p.m.
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AAUW Cheer of the Week
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
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.