The Laguna Beach, California branch of AAUW offers opportunities for women in Laguna and surrounding communities to meet and network with other interesting women. We have members in Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Capistrano, Newport Beach, San Clemente, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Fountain Valley and others.
Instead of monthly meetings, we offer many interesting exciting programs and events, focused on having fun, making friends, and exploring topics of interest to women. Our branch also has several Interest Groups-art, books, poetry, international affairs, etc. - where members with similar interests meet regularly for discussions, tours or to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.
We also have several fundraising events each year that are open to members and non-members. Through grants and scholarships we use proceeds from these events to support education for women at all levels, from pre-school through graduate school.
We welcome you to explore this website to find out more about what we do and what we can do for you.
INSTALLATION OF AAUW-LB BOARD FOR 2014/15 AT JANETTE MESTRE’S ENCHANTED GARDEN
AAUW Testifies at Senate Round Table on Sexual Assault
AAUW took part in a Senate round-table discussion on campus sexual assault prevention. The discussion was hosted by Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) also participated. Watch AAUW Government Relations Manager Anne Hedgepeth’s presentation and learn more.
AAUW Honors Title IX Champions on Capitol Hill
On June 17, AAUW celebrated the 42nd anniversary of Title IX by recognizing Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) as Title IX champions for their legislative legacy of improving gender equity for students across the country. Continue their fight and go to bat for women and girls in sports. Do you have any Title IX champions in your area?
Human Trafficking Bills Pass House
Five bills offering measures to stop human trafficking passed the U.S. House of Representatives easily with bipartisan support in May. One of the bills, the Stop Exploitation through Trafficking Act, would encourage states to treat children involved in sex trafficking as victims, not as criminals, and would allow victims of trafficking to be eligible for Job Corps. Learn more about the scope of trafficking and how it affects all of us.
President Orders Crucial Equal Pay Protections
In a move that AAUW has long supported, President Barack Obama signed two executive orders on April 8 to increase pay protections for women. The protections apply to federal contractors, who make up about a quarter of the workforce. Now these employers can’t retaliate against workers who share salary information, and the U.S. Department of Labor will begin to collect wage data to identify patterns of discrimination. In the absence of congressional action, the executive orders are a huge victory in the fight for fair pay.
Celebrate Women’s Equality Day August 26
On July 19-20, 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott spearheaded the first women’s rights convention in American History. Over 300 women and men came to Seneca Falls, New York to protest the mistreatment of women in social, economic, political, and religious life. This marked the first call for women’s right to vote.
On August 26, 1920, after three generations of an unrelenting, brilliant, courageous, political campaign, women in the United States won the right to vote. To honor and commemorate this historic event, Bella Abzug introduced a Congressional Resolution in 1971 to ensure that this date would be commemorated with the designation of Women’s Equality Day celebrated on August 26th each year.
Joint Resolution of Congress 1971 WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and
WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.
The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities. For materials and resources, contact the National Women’s History Project at www.nwhp.org.