RSVP Today! Webinar with Former KC Mayor Sly James

Join us Tuesday, January 19th beginning at 7:00 p.m. for a webinar discussing “The Welfare of Children and Families” with Sly James

Sylvester “Sly” James was sworn in as the 56th Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri in 2011, and was reelected for a second term in 2015. As mayor, James created the “4-# Agenda,” which focused on Education, Employment, Efficiency, and Enforcement. He worked extensively to raise Kansas City’s statewide and national profile, and at the state level was an advocate for common-sense gun control laws, a minimum-wage increase, and the addition of more high-quality seats in classrooms.

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Wagy Awards – Virtual Event – Dec. 4

This year marks the 23rd year of the Wagy Awards, underwritten by a generous bequest from Irene Wagy, a longtime member of the KC Branch of AAUW, and donations from Branch members.

Join us for this virtual event to honor and award local community organizations for their work in advancing education and equity for women and girls.

Zoom meeting:

Dial In Access: 1-312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 998 7118 2485

42nd Thorpe Menn Award Winners

The 2020 Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award event was held online on October 4th. This year’s award was presented to Andrea Warren for Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II. First and second runner-ups, respectively, Shawn Pavey for his book of poetry Survival Tips for the Pending Apocalypse and Gary DeRigne for Angie’s War. Congratulations to these winning authors and all of the local authors who were nominated in 2020.

Special thanks to our keynote speaker Robert F. Sommer, author and 2019 Thorpe Menn award winner, storyteller Anita K. Parran, president of KK Charles Communications and Thorpe Menn reading and event committee members.

If you would like to nominate an author for the 2021 award, please go to the “Events” tab for guidelines and instructions. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2021.



President – Joanie Shores

President Elect – Luna Mukherjee

Membership Chairs – Hortense Burr, Pat Taylor

Secretary – Corinne Mahaffey

Finance Officer – Linda Berube


Communications Chair – Stefanie Hatfield

Funds Chair – Ellen Johnson

Public Policy Chairs – Patty Cahill, Lee Rathbone-McCuane


College/University Chair, Re-Entry and Women’s Center Liaison – Stephanie Holthaus

Thorpe Menn Chairs – Corinne Mahaffey, Carrie Maidment, Jane McClain, Anita Parran

Wagy Fund Chair – Ellen Johnson