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.
Saturday / March 8 / International Women’s Day Celebration / National Archives at Kansas City
AAUW-KC, UNA Women, and other women’s organizations invite you to a special program, “Women in the Age of Globalization: Setbacks, Promises and Possibilities”. Guest speakers will be Martha Jalali Rabbani, Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Kansas, and Mona Ali, a refugee from Somalia who now has her own business in Kansas City. Following the program, stay and enjoy a coffee & dessert reception. The National Archives is located next to Union Station at 400 W. Pershing. For more information, email Sara Pedram at email@example.com.
Thursday / March 13 / Waldo Branch Library / “Why So Few Women in STEM Professions?” (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math)
This meeting will address the question, “Why are women still not breaking the glass ceiling in key, typically male professions?” A three-generation panel of women with STEM careers will give their answers to this vital question and share their “glass-ceiling” stories:
• Crystal Wolfe – UMKC student-Mechanical Engineering, AAUW Re-Entry Scholarship and Centennial Scholarship winner
• Marian McClellan – Chemical Engineer, AAUW-KC Communications Chair
• Dorothy McClellan (Marian’s mother) – Retired Civil Engineer and Florida business owner
For further information contact Pam Burke at 816-361-2098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 / email@example.com) or Dana Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
AAUW-Missouri is teaming with other women’s organizations for an annual march for women’s rights, coordinated with our Equal Pay Day rally in Jefferson City. Plans are to start with the march into the Capitol at 11 a.m. for the 11:30 a.m. rally. We will take carloads to Jefferson City for this event. Call Joanie Shores to sign up at 660-200-5809 or email email@example.com. Look in April’s “TAKING ACTION” newsletter for the final details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAUW and a number of supporting organizations are midstream in our ERA BLITZ! campaign to get the ERA passed in the Missouri legislature this year. We still need calls, emails, cards and letters going to legislators. Those who can visit Jefferson City to speak with legislators, or visit with them when they are in district, are urged to do so. If we are lucky enough to get a vote on the ERA resolution in committee or on the floor of either house, we’ll put out a call for carloads to visit on those days.
Questions? Call Jane Crigler at (816) 523-7781.
At 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 email@example.com).
A joyful time was had by all at the 2013 Wagy Awards & Holiday Luncheon at Indian Hills Country Club in December. Nearly 40 guests gathered for a lovely meal, good conversation, and especially to learn about the organizations receiving this year’s Wagy grants and how they will use the awards.
Here were the recipients:
• Assistance League of Kansas City – $1,000 to fund clothing and hygiene kits that are given to sexual assault survivors when they come to hospital emergency rooms to report the assault.
• Girls on the Run – $1,500 to sponsor a team of 15 girls from a KCMO school who will participate in this character development program that culminates in a 5K run.
• Hope House, Inc. – $3,900 to provide legal representation for domestic violence survivors who are seeking protection orders. The grant will provide legal representation for 26 domestic violence survivors.
• R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. – $3,600 for Project 100 which supports young women who are first generation college students, helping them prepare for college and sticking with them while they are in college.