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Welcome to AAUW-KC

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 to support the education and equity of women. Among the long-standing projects is the Hundred High School Girls, providing scholarships and recognition for girls in the greater Kansas City, MO area, started in 1931. This branch is frequently listed among the top donors to the AAUW Funds, national support for education. Unique projects have been started after careful study by interest groups and branch programs.

Women’s Rights Action Day in Jefferson City – April 8, 2014

scheduleWhether you want to call April 8th Equal Pay Day, Women’s Equity Day, Equality Day…it is an important day for all women. Many organizations are joining together at the State Capital Building in Jefferson City to show members of Missouri government that we care about the issues that impact women and we will not be silent. Please join us in Jefferson City on Tuesday, April 8 for the full day, or any part of the day.  

Linda Berube is organizing a van pool leaving Monday evening, April 7. If you want to ride, contact her at ljbaauw@hotmail.com / 816-809-0139 by April 4 so room reservations can be made. On the morning of April 8, a bus will be leaving from the parking lot of White Oak Plaza Shopping Center (1132 SW Luttrell Rd., Blue Springs, MO 64015). To ride the bus or join a car pool, contact Joanie Shores (joanshores101@aol.com / 660-200-5809/) or Jane Crigler (jcrigler@kc.rr.com / 816-523-7781) for departure times and more information.

Supporting Organizations: AAUW of Missouri, Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Women, League of Women Voters, Missouri National Organization for Women (NOW), Missouri State Women’s Political Caucus, Missouri Women’s Network, Missouri Women United, Vision 2020 Missouri and Planned Parenthood.

EQUALLY IMPORTANT: Also on April 8, there’s a campus happening for those not Jeff City bound! Our good friends and partners, the UMKC Women’s Center, will be having an Equal Pay Day event at Royal Hall, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. AAUW-KC will have a table to hand out literature and promote membership.  We are asking for volunteers to help with this KC event, please email  Winnie Weinrich at winnieweinrich@gmail.com.

Two Annual Scholarship Events Held in April

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The 100 High School Girls committee is asking you to get involved by attending the event, donating cookies, cupcakes and finger foods, and/or volunteering. For reservations, donations and to volunteer, please contact Earline Bentley (816-756-5608 / earline_bentley@att.net) or Dana Perry (dana.perry08@live.com).

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This annual event, planned by the InterBranch Council (IBC), awards scholarships to women who best exemplify the courage, effort and perseverance to return to the classroom after an absence of five or more years. Come and hear their inspiring stories!

The cost is $20. For reservations, please make checks payable to AAUW Raytown and mail to: Connie Turnipseed, 11803 E. 47th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64133. Questions? Call Connie at 816-356-1444 or email her at ctseed@ymail.com.

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APRIL 22:  “Wonderwomen! The Untold Story of American Superheroines”

A documentary screening by Filmmaker/Director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan will be held at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, Truman Forum. A reception starts at 6:00 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Sponsored by our friends at the Women’s Center, UMKC.

MAY 3: AAUW-MO Leadership Conference & Meeting / Columbia / Click for Schedule & Registration

MAY 8: Annual Membership Meeting / Waldo Library / Click here to read details, starting on pg. 2

JUNE 5: Annual Celebration Picnic / 5–8 p.m. / Loose Park Garden Center

JUNE 13-14: AAUW Mid-West Regional Conference / Lake of the Ozarks / Lodge of the Four Seasons

Keynote Speaker: Lisa Maatz, AAUW Vice President of Government Relations. Watch for more details coming soon or email Shirley Breeze at sbreeze@mindspring.com. 

Chelsea Clinton Inspires Sold-Out Crowd at Starr Hall of Fame Launch

clintonWomen in Kansas City have a new resource for leadership inspiration – and one of the world’s best-known young women came to town to promote the value of such resources. The Starr Women’s Hall of Fame launched with great fanfare at a luncheon in February on the UMKC campus. The young woman celebrating its creation was Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation and featured speaker at the event. The new Hall will recognize women from the Metropolitan Kansas City area and preserve the legacy of their accomplishments. In her remarks, Clinton described how members of her generation – and future generations – will benefit. “It’s very hard to imagine what you can’t see. That’s why it is crucial that institutions like this exist,” Clinton said. “This will help UMKC students, and other young people, to see what is possible; to shape their dreams and fire their imaginations.”

AAUW-KC branch members were well represented at two tables and Nicky Stanke and Linda Berube served on the planning committee. To make a nomination or learn more about the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame visit www.umkc.edu/starrhalloffame. At the website you will find a Butterfly Garden where (for a donation) you can honor a woman who has made a difference in your life.

AAUW-KC partners with R.U.B.I.E.S.

rubieslogoAt the Dec. 2013 annual Wagy Awards event, our branch awarded grants to four non-profit organizations that support women and girls (see recap below).  One of these grants went to R.U.B.I.E.S. (Realizing yoUr Best in  Every Situation), a group dedicated to girls who hope to become first-generation College students. Currently working with ten ninth-grade girls, R.U.B.I.E.S.’ leaders and volunteers present a curriculum designed to help these girls prepare for college. Our grant will help sponsor a college-visit that the girls will make this spring.

As the mission of this group is so closely aligned with our AAUW mission and, in particular, with the goals of our annual “100 High School Girls” project, we are currently exploring ways in which our members may volunteer to provide additional support to R.U.B.I.E.S.  Recently,  AAUW members, Bambi Shen, Mary Emily Kitterman and Regina Lastiee met with Chantell M. Garrett, the founder and president of R.U.B.I.E.S., to explore the development of such a partnership.  As a result of this first meeting, Regina will serve as our representative to the project and will attend some of the regular meetings held with the girls (first and third Saturdays of each month); she will also participate on a Planning Committee that is working toward a Fall conference.  The conference theme is “No Boys Allowed”, and it is to be held on Sept. 6 at Penn Valley Community College.

If you think you might be interested in volunteering with R.U.B.I.E.S. or would like more information, please contact Mary Emily Kitterman (913-381-9616  or mekglk@aol.com).