Welcome to AAUW-KCMO
The American Association of University Women (AAUW), founded in 1881, is the nation’s leading organization advocating equity for women and girls. Its national membership of 100,000 seeks to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
Founded by prominent Kansas City women in 1893, the Kansas City branch of the American Association of University Women has mirrored society’s changes. No longer is it primarily a social organization with clubrooms, but rather one with meaningful projects that support the education and equity of women. Among the long-standing projects is the Hundred High School Girls recognition for girls in the greater Kansas City, MO area, started in 1931. There are several scholarship programs. This branch is frequently listed among the top donors to the AAUW Funds, national supports for education. Unique projects have been started after careful study by interest groups and branch programs.
News & Upcoming Events: Spring/Summer 2013
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2013-2014 Officers to be installed:
President – Nicky Stanke
Co-Secretaries – Sara Pedram, Dana Perry
Co-Program Vice Presidents – Pamela Burke, Renee Carlson
Membership Vice President – Diane Krizek
Finance Officer – Stefanie Hatfield
Nominating Committee Chair (Immediate Past President) – Mary Emily Kitterman
President-Elect – Winnie Weinrich
For more details, contact Pam Burke at (816) 361-2098 or firstname.lastname@example.org
At the 100 High School Girls annual event, Keishana Washington from Van Horn High School, Quynh Nguyen from East and Saira Quezada from Northeast (pictured l-r) were awarded scholarships for their academic work, leadership and community service.
Our special guest speaker Missouri State Senator Yvonne Wilson presented an uplifting and inspiring message to all in attendance. AAUW-KC member Alice Jenkins provided entertainment with her impeccable piano playing.
Special thank you to the dedicated committee for making this event such a huge success (pictured above l-r): Stefanie Hatfield, Dana Perry, Pam Burke, Ellen Johnson, Janice McIntyre, Dodie Murphy, Cynthia Ginn and Earline Bentley. (Not pictured: Mary Emily Kitterman and Ardy Pearson.)
The Reentry Woman of the Year annual scholarship event, sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Interbranch Council of AAUW, took place on April 20 at Unity Village. Scholarships were awarded to six women returning to the classroom after an absence of five or more years in pursuit of personal and vocational goals. Congratulations to (pictured below l-r): Darla Edmiston, MCC-Longview; Crystal Wolfe, UMKC; Marie Jean-Baptiste, Park University; Joy Coleman, MCC-Maplewoods; and Kellie Carrender, MCC-Blue River. (Cynthia Hart, Park University who was unable to attend.)
Special thank you to Kansas City IBC Reentry Chair Marty Erickson, AAUW-Raytown President; Stephanie Holthaus, AAUW-Kansas City Reentry Chair; and all the other branch representatives for their work in creating another incredible event.
On April 17th, a foggy morning gave way to bright sunshine at the Capitol in Jefferson City. It bode well for the outcome of AAUW Missouri’s Equal Pay Day Rally, planned and implemented with coalition partners, NOW (National Organization of Women) and the League of Women Voters.
The mission of the rally was to educate our legislators and the public that, even though the Equal Pay Act was passed 50 years ago, women still make on the average 20-25 per cent less than their male counterparts. We reminded attendees that the gender pay gap still exists not only in unskilled job ranks but also at college-educated and even top executive levels.
We were gathered in the beautiful Rotunda by our Master of Ceremonies, Shirley Breeze, AAUW National Leadership Corps. AAUW Missouri President Linda Berube (pictured at podium) gave a stirring speech inspiring us all to work towards closing the gender pay gap. Proclamations from Governor Nixon and Kansas City Mayor Sly James were read, raising up Equal Pay Day. Several legislators spoke to the group. Educational packets containing facts and figures about pay equity and a ‘special’ Pay Day candy bar were distributed to senators and representatives.
Rally participants enjoyed the warmth and camaraderie of sharing an important common cause!
The Thorpe Menn Award was established in 1979 by AAUW-KCMO in honor of Thorpe Menn, a longtime book editor of the Kansas City Star, who supported all aspects of Kansas City’s cultural life, especially local authors and artists.
Author nominations are being accepted until June 1, 2013.
The award includes $500, a framed certificate of recognition and a listing on the KC Public Library website. Nominees may be published writers of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books or poetry. Nominated authors must reside in the greater Kansas City area (Jackson, Cass, Clay, Lafayette and Platte counties in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in Kansas). All books must have been published in 2012. Previous award recipients are not eligible. (For complete details: TMNOMINATIONS2013)
Two copies of the nominated book should be submitted to Thorpe Menn Nominations, Attn: Pamela Chaudoin, PO Box 849, Liberty, MO 64069
For more information, you may also contact Pamela Chaudoin, Reading Committee Chair, at 816-728-1304 or email@example.com.
The 35th Annual Thorpe Menn award will be presented at a luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at the KC Central Library.
This year’s presentation, “35 Authors: Where are they now?”, will take look at the past winners of the Thorpe Menn award in celebration of its 35-year history. Watch for more details coming soon!
In 2011, Jane Biers and Debbie McWard, who are leading a statewide effort to recruit Missouri colleges and universities to join AAUW as College/University Partners, approached Betty Shouse and Jane Crigler to see if they would contact their alma maters and ask them to join. They did and William Jewell College, where Betty got her bachelor’s degree, and Central Methodist University, where Jane attended, agreed to join. This brings the number of colleges and universities in Missouri who are AAUW Partners to 18!
Perhaps there are other KC Branch members who would contact their alma mater to see if they would like to become a partner? There are many benefits. All undergraduate students at partner institutions are eligible for free e-student affiliate membership. As such, they can receive electronic copies of AAUW’s publications and research. They also have access to all AAUW’s student affiliate benefits including a vast array of leadership and professional development resources, and can apply for AAUW fellowships, grants, and awards. There are advantages for the institution as well. Among these, they can tap into AAUW’s powerful advocacy for education, and they receive recognition in AAUW’s online directory of partner members. Faculty, staff and students are also eligible for member discounts on many things from subscriptions to insurance.
For more information on AAUW-KC partnering with your alma mater, please call Jane Crigler at 816-523-7781.