From the Presidents’ Pen
As proud members of AAUW, we are nonpartisan but not values neutral. Our equity work is what makes us unique. We cannot promote equity and maintain exclusionary membership. Why bring this up now? A very important AAUW vote will take place in 2021 in the AAUW National election. The vote will be to change the proposed bylaws to remove the education requirement for membership. We serve all women and girls, not just those with degrees. We will continue to encourage women and girls to pursue higher education. We will continue to give scholarships for higher education. We will continue to work towards equity in the workplace, in the home, for pay equity, assistance in child care, family and medical leave, sex discrimination and more. These issues affect all women and often young families. Did you know the average age and ethnicity of an AAUW member is 72 and white?
We need to be welcoming to all ages regardless of education, sex, or race. We welcomed men into our membership thirty years ago. The education requirement has come up for a vote in the past, and been defeated twice. It requires 5% of the current membership and a 2/3 majority vote. In the past only 5-10% of members voted. Everyone needs to vote. We have just completed an election in which more people voted then ever before. Your vote matters. We can change things but we have to vote. It is time. It is the right thing to do. Let’s start thinking about this now. “Casting a ballot isn’t just something you do for yourself – it’s for our collective future.” Oprah Winfrey
Nancy Kinzli and Karol D’Huyvetters, Co-Presidents