The American Association of University Women of Laguna Beach (AAUW-LB), a 501(c)4 organization founded in 1967, is a dynamic growing organization with many exciting programs, interest groups and opportunities to get involved in the community. Our diverse membership includes residents of Laguna Beach and surrounding communities, spanning a wide range of ages and professions.
The Learning Club’s tutors help children succeed in school
Lagunans looking for a worthwhile, satisfying activity may want to investigate the possibility of volunteering for The Learning Club, which asks only for an hour or two of volunteers’ time each week to tutor kids.
The Learning Club (TLC) is sponsored by The American Association of University Women, Laguna Beach. TLC is an after-school tutoring program at El Morro Elementary School for students in grades 2 – 5 who have been recommended by their teachers as needing additional help with homework and basic educational concepts so that they can better succeed in school.
TLC will operate Tues and Thurs afternoons from Jan through May. Local adults and teens are welcome to apply. No experience necessary; training is provided.
To volunteer, or for more information, contact Peggie Thomas 949-499-1817,firstname.lastname@example.org, or Barbara Antonacci 949-215-5553, email@example.com
Coming in October
Celebrating Southern California Luncheon.
Here is AAUW Laguna Beach 2016-2017 Board
Your AAUW-Laguna Beach site now has a page devoted to photos from the many various events.
AAUW-LBF and AmazonSmile – You shop. Amazon gives.
Help spread the word that our AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation is now signed up with AmazonSmile! What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation (a private 501-c-3 organization) will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. For our AAUW members, the charity is called American Association of University Women Laguna Beach Foundation.
4 Easy Steps:
1. Go to http://smile.amazon.com
2. When prompted, select AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation
3. Click on smile.amazon
4. Start shopping with your usual password
With each purchase you make on AmazonSmile, our branch earns a 0.5% donation directly deposited into our Foundation bank account every quarter. Invite your friends, family, and colleagues to join us by just following the 4 simple steps. Just remember, instead of logging onto Amazon.com, you must first go to smile.amazon.com. After you have used this shopping method, smile.amazon will recognize your email associated with AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation so you can immediately start shopping.
Contact Your Senator in Support of AB 1676
We need your help to get crucial pay equity legislation over a critical hurdle — passage through the Senate. AB 1676 (Campos) is an important measure that will place severe limits on employers being able to use an individual’s prior salary as a basis for his/her new salary.
Our state senators are scheduled to consider the bill this week. If passed, it will continue to the Assembly for approval of amendments and then to the Governor’s office for signature. This all has to happen before the end of August.
AB 1676 provides women one more tool needed to achieve pay equity. Help to ensure its passage by contacting your Senator now!
The reality is that women experience the consequences of the pay gap from their first paycheck to their last Social Security check. Frequently, employers use prior wages as a proxy of worth without taking into account other reasons for why a prior salary may have been low, including discrimination. AB 1676 seeks to address this issue by codifying case law that asserts prior salary shall not, by itself, justify any disparity in compensation.
Last year, our state enacted stronger equal pay protections. It’s now time to take our work one step further. AB 1676 will be on the Senate Floor this week for a critical vote.
Thanks for all that you do!
AAUW of California
From AAUW Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Report reveals women are harassed out of STEM fields
A recent analysis by The Atlantic showed that despite the progress of women’s representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, they are often sexually harassed out of the industry. The article cited a 2015 study by the University of California, Hastings College of Law, which revealed one in three women in science are sexually harassed out of their work. The study also found that 64 percent of female scientists face a “maternal wall bias” that includes stereotyping a woman’s ability to succeed because of her commitments due to motherhood. The article offered solutions to overcoming gender bias and sexual harassment in the STEM industry, noting AAUW’s advocacy efforts to empower women in these fields.
Mobile tech company settles pay discrimination lawsuit for $19.5 million
Qualcomm agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged the mobile technology company was denying equal pay and was providing unequal opportunities for promotion for women in STEM. According to court documents, the company also had an unofficial policy of rewarding employees who work extra hours, which is not conducive to work life balance. Less than 15 percent of the company’s senior leaders are women, and managers are also mostly men. In addition to the cash settlement, the settlement requires Qualcomm to implement policy and programmatic changes to promote women in STEM. Qualcomm stated they had “strong defenses” against the accusations, but that they want to focus on creating a work environment that will “drive equity and a diverse and inclusive workforce.” The plaintiff’s lawyer, David Sanford, said he hopes that the settlement will inspire other technology companies to level the playing field.
New 2016 Membership Form.
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House Passes Bill to Allow Inurnment of Women Pilots at Arlington National Cemetery
This week the House passed a bill (385-0) to restore inurnment rights of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) at the Arlington National Cemetery. AAUW’s CEO and veteran, Linda Hallman, called upon Congress to take action in a letter to the editor published in the Washington Post over the weekend. AAUW Action Network supporters helped to advance the issue by sending messages to their members of Congress urging them to pass the bill. It now heads to the Senate for passage.