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CSW63 Report & Election of Officers – May 14

UN Commission on the Status of Women-Session 63 Report

Tuesday, May 14 / 6:30–8 pm

Eggtc. & Minsky’s pizza

5107 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112

Gail James, Alice Kitchen, Luna Mukherjee and Joanie Shores will share their experiences and takeaways from this conference of activist women across the world—their thrilling victories and tragic losses for women’s empowerment and equal rights.

Minsky’s is offering a pizza buffet for individual purchase. RSVP to Joanie Shores660-200-5809 / or Patty Cahill, 816-674-1766 /


AAUW-KC Nominated Officers for 2019-2020

The Nominating Committee of Linda Berube, Jane Crigler, Ardy Pearson, Wanda Perkins, and Ellen Johnson is pleased to present the following nominees for 2019–2020 to be voted on at the Membership Meeting on May 14.

President-elect:  Joanie Shores

Co-Program Vice Presidents:  Patty Cahill and Lee Rathbone McCuan

Membership Vice President: Hortense Burr

Secretary: Corinne Mahaffey 

Finance Officer: Jane Vincent

On July 1, 2019, current President-elect Wanda Perkins will become President and current Co-Presidents, Stefanie Hatfield and Ellen Johnson will become Co-Past-Presidents/Nominating Committee Chairs.

Make plans now to attend the May 14 meeting and exercise your right to vote!


Time to renew your AAUW-KC membership

This link to the national website allows you to make your membership payment quickly and directly via credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, mail your check for $89.00 ($59 National, $10 State and $20 Branch) to:  Jane Vincent, 6919 W 101st St., Overland Park, KS 66212.

This is the ideal time for new members to join AAUW since payment of dues now will give them membership from date of joining through June of 2020. If you know someone who is interested in AAUW, please reach out to them and let them know this is the time to join. We are encouraging all members to renew by June 6 (the date of our Celebration Picnic). If you renew or join by June 6, you will be automatically entered in a drawing for a rebate of the national dues (a $59 value).

You recently received a letter from co-presidents, Stefanie Hatfield and Ellen Johnson asking for donations to help us provide a $1,000 scholarship for a local college student to attend the NCCWSL (National Conference for College Women Student Leaders), May 29–June 1, 2019 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The scholarship will provide registration fees, transportation, and room and board for the four-day event. Also, a request for $650 in scholarship donations for our Reentry Woman of the Year Awards, to be used toward tuition books and other necessities for women returning to college after a five year or more absence. If you have not done so already, please consider making a contribution today! Send your check along with your membership renewal to Jane Vincent at the address above.

Empowering Working Women in Kansas and Missouri

Learn to negotiate your financial future through an AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop!

Whether you are negotiating for a new job or an earned raise or promotion, in every workshop you will gain confidence to:

  • Identify and articulate your personal value
  • Develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies
  • Conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits

Why is negotiation so important? AAUW’s research on the gender pay gap shows that, one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men. Women who work full time take home 80 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid. And over a lifetime, those lost potential earnings add up.

Women who negotiate increase their potential to earn higher salaries and better benefits packages. By negotiating fair and equitable salaries, you’ll be better able to pay off loans, buy the things you want and need, and even save for retirement.

A Collaborative Initiative

AAUW, the Women’s Foundation, and Kansas City’s Mayor Sly James launched the first phase of an initiative to empower 1 million women to successfully negotiate salary and benefits and close the gender pay gap in both Kansas and Missouri. The initiative will begin in Kansas City, where the overall gender pay ratio for the Kansas City metro area is 79 percent (a 21 percent gap).

In 2017, median annual earnings for men in Kansas were $49,267 compared to $37,931 for women — an earnings ratio of 77 percent, or 42nd out of all states and the District of Columbia, according to the most recent census data. In Missouri, median annual earnings for men were $47,436 compared to $37,339 for women — an earnings ratio of 79 percent, or 34th out of all states and the District of Columbia. And for many women, the pay gap is wider. This initiative will build momentum to close these gaps.

Wagy Awards & Holiday Luncheon – Dec. 8 RECAP

Each year the Kansas City Branch of AAUW, through its Nettie Irene Van Der Veer Wagy fund, awards grants to local social service and cultural organizations for projects that support AAUW’s mission. In 2018, 28 organizations submitted letters of interest. All were interesting and worthy of support. The following were awarded grants at the 2018 Wagy Awards & Holiday Luncheon on December 8.

• Epic Inc.-The Grooming Project seeks to stabilize the lives of single mothers  by combining vocational training (pet grooming) with comprehensive support services such as parenting and budgeting.

• Gordon Parks Elementary School – For Girls on The Run for At-Risk Girls teaches life skills, such as teamwork, perseverance and hard work while training to run a 5k marathon. This grant purchases running shoes for girls in the third and fourth grade.

• Journey to New Life provides a path to success for women after incarceration. Funding goes to Journey House, a transitional housing facility for women after incarceration, for personal hygiene, education and medical and dental expenses.

• Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City – Improvement of Work Force Development for Women through Salary Negotiation Training – Using AAUW-developed curriculum “Work Smart”, the program helps women navigate the complexities of negotiating benefit packages, promotions, etc.

• Unicorn Theatre illuminates social issues through stories that include race, religion and gender identity. This years play, “The Wolves”, is a story of growth and girlhood.

These grants are provided through earnings from the Wagy Fund and donations. If you would like to make a donation for next year’s awards, please make your check payable to AAUW Wagy Fund/Amer01 and mail to: GKCCF (Greater Kansas City Community Foundation), Attn: LaVon Colhour, Manager of Corporate Services, 1055 Broadway Blvd., Suite 130, Kansas City, MO 64105.