Help empower women and girls this holiday season!

seasonofgivingwebThe holidays are here! Why not consider a gift to AAUW? Our organization invests in a variety of programs designed to empower women and girls:

* The Public Policy Fund (4337) advocates for policies and laws that are fair to women.

* The Legal Advocacy Fund (3999) protects the rights of women facing discrimination.

* The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund (9170) supports research on issues that are important to women.

* The Educational Opportunities Fund (4336) provides scholarships for women and girls.

* The Leadership Programs Fund (4339) develops women’s potential to lead in their workplaces, schools and communities.

* The AAUW Fund (9110) provides general support where it is most needed.

There are many other funds accepting contributions, and most are tax deductible.

We encourage you to visit to learn more about these giving opportunities. You may choose to make your donation in honor of or in support of someone important to you.

If you prefer, you can send your check to directly to the Washington office at AAUW Development Department, PO Box 98045, Washington, D.C. 20090-8045; or you can send it locally to Doretta Perna, 4429 E. 109th Terr., Kansas City, MO 64137, by the end of December, and it will be forwarded on to National. Please indicate in the Memo portion of the check where you would prefer to apply your donation.

Thank you for including AAUW Funds in your holiday giving!

2016 Wagy Awards & Holiday Luncheon Recap

A joyful time was had by all at the annual Wagy Awards & Holiday Luncheon at MissionHills Country Club on December 3. Guests convened for delicious cuisine, good conversation, and to hear from representatives from three wonderful organizations receiving Wagy grants and how they plan to use the funds to help local women and girls.

Congratulations to the 2016 Wagy Award recipients:

wagy2016• Journey to New Life received $4,000 to provide help for women returning to society from prison. (

• Rightfully Sewn received $4,000 to provide seamstress training for at-risk women.  (

Metropolitan Community College Foundation received $1,000 toward scholarships for disadvantaged women who are attending college to earn a Liscensed Practical Nursing and associated degrees. (


On the evening of Thursday, January 12, we will gather for a light reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Title IX program from 6:45–7:45 at the beautiful Diastole Scholar’s Center at UMKC (2501 Holmes).  

Our speaker is Michelle Kroner, UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Manager.  Title IX legislation states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”  In addition, the Mandated Reporter Requirement of Title IX indicates that “Any employee of the University who becomes aware of sex discrimination is a Mandated Reporter, regardless of whether the recipient of the behavior is a student, employee, volunteer or visitor of the University.”

Title IX is mandated and enforced on all university and high school campuses…and in April 2011, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) added that “sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment.” Ms. Kroner will share national statistics on campus sexual assault, such as: One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college; More than 90% of sexual assault survivors on college campuses do not report the assault; plus other startling statistics.

Save the date of Thursday, January 12, to join us for an evening of fellowship with your AAUW sisters and hear an informative program on an issue that is significant to all women and on every college and high school campus!  Free parking is available in back of the Diastole Center and also curbside parking.

Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award 2016 Recap

tm2016Local authors and guests gathered at the Kansas City Central Library for the 38th Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award on October 1. The award was established in 1979 by AAUW-KC to honor Thorpe Menn, longtime book editor of The Kansas City Star, who supported all aspects of Kansas City’s cultural life, especially local authors and artists.

The 2016 Literary Excellence Award was presented to Patrick Dobson for his book Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer. The finalists were: Andrea Warren for The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas and James P. Muehlberger, The 116: The True Story of Abraham Lincoln’s Lost Guard.

Special thanks to our keynote speaker Barbara Stuber, award-winning author and museum docent, Vivien Jennings and Roger Doeren of Rainy Day Books, and the Kansas City Public Library.

We are already making plans for the 39th event in October 2017. If you would like to nominate an author, go to the Thorpe Menn page under “Events” for guidelines and instructions. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2017.