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, January 11, 2014 • 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Hy-Vee Community Room • 405 E Nifong Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201
AGENDA • Review 2013 MO Legislative Session • Preview 2014 Legislative Session
• Set Legislative Priorities • ERA MO Campaign Planning
No Registration Fee. For more information, contact: 314-831-5359 / email@example.com or 573-642-6354 / firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Invisible War” Film Screening & Discussion
Thursday / January 16, 2014 / 5:30 pm
National Archives at Kansas City
“The Invisible War” is an award-winning documentary that addresses the way sexual assault is handled by the military. An informal reception will be held until 6:00 p.m., when the film will be shown. A speaker-led discussion will follow. This program promises to be very enlightening and thought-provoking. The National Archives is located at 400 W. Pershing Road, next to Union Station. Please contact Renee Carlson at (816) 373-0373 or email@example.com for details.
Starr Women’s Hall of Fame Launch / Speaker Chelsea Clinton
Monday / February 24, 2014
University of Missouri-Kansas City
AAUW-KC and other organizations from the Kansas City metro are uniting to form the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame, to recognize women from the Kansas City area and preserve the legacy of their accomplishments. Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation and daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will be the headline speaker.
AAUW Missouri President Linda Berube has reserved two tables for AAUW. Each table has 10 seats with one reserved for a UMKC student. (18 seats for AAUW members.) Eight seats have already been reserved with ten seats available. Your check for $33.34 payable to Linda Berube will reserve your seat and help a student attend. Email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org with your commitment to send a check. For more information and to purchase individual tickets, please visit www.umkc.edu/starrhalloffame.
Authors, members and guests gathered at the KC Central Library for the 35th Annual Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award on Oct. 5. 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 2013 Award was presented to Samuel Arbesman for his book The Half-Life of Facts. The finalists were: Hughes Keenan, The Harvest Is Past and Debra McArthur, A Voice for Kanzas. Congratulations to all 17 nominated local authors!
“35 Authors: Where Are They Now?”, a special tribute to the past winners, was presented by guest speaker Vivien Jennings, president of Rainy Day Books. The tribute was a compilation of author interviews, research and a video produced by event and reading committee members.
We are already making plans for the 36th event in October 2014. If you would like to nominate an author for the 2014 award, please visit “Thorpe Menn” under the “Events” tab for qualifications and submission details. Or you may contact Linda Daugherty at (913) 449-1130 or email@example.com.
One wonders what it must have been like back in 1920 when women gained the vote. I can only guess at the excitement, the strong sense of camaraderie, the pure joy felt by those ‘pioneering’ suffragists! Some nine decades later, Aug. 25, 2013 at Mill Creek Park on the Plaza, like-minded women gathered to again celebrate that historic date. The kick-off Rally was titled “Women’s Equality: Pushing Back/Marching Forward”. Despite the hot weather, all were inspired by speakers, music, the Wall of Women’s Achievements, and the Call to Action.
AAUW-KC held a tabling event promoting the 3-State Strategy: ERA, the Equal Pay Day Rally to be April 8, 2014, and a membership drive.
Sponsoring WEW were 20 organizations including AAUW, League of Women Voters, Greater KC Women’s Political Caucus, KC Public Library, KKFI Community Radio and many others. Additional events were scheduled throughout the week.
On Aug. 27, AAUW-KC and LWV, KCJCP partnering with the National Archives, hosted a panel discussion on “3-State Strategy: Understanding Equal Rights Amendment Ratification”. Our distinguished panelists (pictured above) responded to such questions as: Why is the ERA not ratified yet, and what is the 3-State Strategy? Why do women need it more than ever now and what can we do to enable ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment? The evening concluded with a Q & A session and engrossing, lively discussion.