AAUW NJ President's Message
June 2020
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well.

The AAUW NJ Board of Directors has met several times this spring to figure out how we will move forward as a state affiliate in these challenging times. I really appreciate their openness to doing things differently, their willingness to work on solutions and their dedication to our mission.

In the spirit of trying to bring about positive change in changing times, AAUW of New Jersey has three events planned for June that we hope many of you will participate in:
  • Saturday, June 13, 10:30 A.M. - a webinar-style presentation of “A Feminist Perspective on COVID-19 and the Value of Care Work” by Yana Rodgers, PhD (Economics), Professor at the Rutgers University Center for Women and Work (registration information below),
  •  "AAUW NJ Values Care Workers" - a state-wide project to demonstrate that AAUW members appreciate the essential care workers at long term care facilities (watch for more information soon), and
  • Saturday, June 27, 10:30 A.M. - a town hall style annual meeting of AAUW NJ members (registration information below).

Thanks to those who self-nominated, and to the impromptu nominating committee of Linda Harmon and Mary Graves, we have an almost-complete slate of officers for fiscal year 2021. They will report the slate soon, but what we really need now are two Nominating Committee members from each District for the 2021-2022 board. If you would like to serve on the Nominating Committee next year, please contact Mary, Linda, or your District Coordinator.

I highly recommend watching, if you haven’t already, Kim Churches’ “State of AAUW” message https://www.aauw.org/resources/member/initiatives/2020-convening/ for a view of how AAUW has evolved in 2020 and where it is heading in 2021. The new AAUW website includes this talk and many other interesting webinars as you scroll down the “Membership” page.

Stay safe, stay strong,

Karen Brown, AAUW NJ President
Dear AAUW NJ Members:
Kimberly Churches, CEO, AAUW recently sent an email that addressed the impact of COVID-19 on all of us.  As a member of the AAUW Advancement Committee, I also want to express concern that you are all safe, in good health and are taking the time to check in on your family, friends and neighbors.
The second objective of the CEO email was to remind all members about  AAUW’s Annual Giving Drive  and the need to raise $250,000 by June 15, 2020. AAUW National is setting the bar higher this year as women still bring home 18% less money in their paychecks than men, and 30% less in retirement income. This is the  most important AAUW fundraising appeal   of this year.
Your donation can help build a  “normal”  that includes equal pay for equal work and unbiased leadership opportunities in schools and the workplace free of discrimination and harassment.
Diane Crawford
Member, AAUW Advancement Committee
You are invited to a Zoom meeting: 

AAUW NJ Presents:

"A Feminist Perspective on COVID‐19 and the Value of Care Work" 

When: Jun 13, 2020 10:30 - 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register now for this free presentation with panel discussion to learn how women's economic security and pay equity issues have been brought to the forefront by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yana Rodgers, PhD (Economics), Professor at Rutgers Center for Women and Work, will present "A Feminist Perspective on COVID‐19 and the Value of Care Work."
Summary: COVID‐19 has exposed the foundational role of care work, both paid and unpaid, to functioning societies and economies. Women's physical and mental health, and the societies that rely on them, are at stake. The field of feminist economics has valuable lessons for mitigating hardships as governments formulate policy packages in response to the crisis. Such policies must recognize care work as an integral part of the economic system that promotes human well‐being for all. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

AAUW NJ Annual Meeting 2020

When: Jun 27, 2020 10:30 - 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

A Town Hall meeting of the members of AAUW NJ to connect and share accomplishments from the past year and look forward to the year to come.    

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  
Karen Brown, President
AAUW of New Jersey


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