Annual Meeting of Kansas City and Shawnee Mission Branches

Please join us for our joint meeting with Shawnee Mission on Saturday, February 13 at 11 a.m. on Zoom!

We will welcome guest speaker Sara Bly who will describe and answer questions about the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact will guarantee the U.S. Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Compact ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. The Compact is a state-based approach that preserves the Electoral College, state control of elections and the power of the states to control how the President is elected.

Questions may already arise (e.g. How can the legislation work so that the candidate with the most votes across the whole country is elected and yet not change the existing electoral college method?)  To that end, you are encouraged to submit questions beforehand to Jo Denton, or 913-449-7258.

Sara is a volunteer with the National Popular Vote organization ( and served on the executive committee for the successful National Popular Vote campaign in Oregon.

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Report on Discrimination Against Women in Kansas City

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, February 14, Carol Cowles, AAUW-KC Public Policy, will introduce Alice Kitchen at the weekly forum held by All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (virtually this year).

Alice will be presenting the report that she, Patti Jachowicz, Gail James, and Carol Cowles have prepared to show Mayor Lucas and members of the City Council where we believe Kansas City ranks in addressing discrimination against women.  Click here to read the seven-page report.

This forum offers us a chance to raise the profile of AAUW as well as inform our community about the work we are doing. Here is the link for details about the forum and presenters: Alice will be in good company!

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