Vero Beach AAUW Hotline
February 2019 Newsletter
To submit information for the Hotline, please send to Gail DeGioia, Editor at by the 5th of the previous month.
AAUW Vero Beach
PO Box 2143
Vero Beach, FL 32961
Message from Our Board

So much has happened in the last four months. Now we look forward to monthly fundraisers...

January 26th is our Writers' Workshop on Character Development.

February 16th is our 37th Annual Book Author Luncheon. Be sure to make your reservations soon.

March 28th is our first-ever Senior Expo. Read more about it in this edition.

April 12th is our second annual Mah Jong event for Playing the New Card. We'll discuss that further in our next Hotline.

These fundraisers, as you know, help women and girls in Indian River County reach their potential through our donations to organizations that support them in various ways, especially in scholarships.

Between these fundraisers we have exciting branch meetings, Book Review Breakfasts and Public Policy events. So read this Hotline carefully, sign up for the events and be prepared for the whirlwind of activities that only "Season" can bring!

Linda Barker, Carole Strauss and Martha Kucinsky
AAUW VB Book Review Breakfast

Continental breakfast followed by a book review

February 4th, 2019 9:30-11:00 am
Richardson Center, IRSC campus
6155 College Lane
Vero Beach 32966

Guest speaker Phillip (Phil) Long, retired Miami Herald Treasure coast Bureau Chief will review Educated b y Tara Westover.

This is a memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Please remember we appreciate new or gently used pre-K books for our young readers program.

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Please add this new information to your handbook:
Gail DeGioia new email
Boys are every bit as talented at math as girls (Opinion)
from the Houston Chronicle.
Written by Esther J. Cepeda
August 24, 2018

How do we get more women into the science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) fields?

In 2015, women filled 47 percent of all U.S. jobs, but they were employed in only 24% of STEM positions, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. And it's not due to a straightforward education gap-women constitute slightly more than half of all college-educated workers, but only about 25 percent of college-educated STEM employees.

This is worrisome for two reasons. First, the technology that emerges from STEM field work is rapidly shaping our lives, and it's in danger of being biased against anyone who isn't white and male because they are the ones mostly working on artificial intelligence, facial recognition and predictive algorithms right now.

Second, we can't let women miss out on the high-paying jobs of tomorrow, which will almost certainly depend more and more on expertise in STEM-related academic disciplines.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 93 out of 100 STEM occupations paid wages above the national average in 2015. And the STEM jobs projected to grow faster by 2024 are those for people in mathematical science occupations.

So how can we start addressing the disparities threatening to follow women straight into the future?

Adjust how we talk about women and math could help.

For some time now, parents and educators have been trying to dispel the myth that girls aren't as good at math as boys by using what they believed was supportive language: "Girls are as good at math as boys."

Unfortunately, this phrasing may ultimately have the opposite effect. That's because it establishes boys as the reference point, implying that their ability is more typical and distinguished, according to a recent paper from Stanford University researchers Eleanor K. Chestnut and Ellen M. Markman that was published in the journal Cognitive Science.

For instance, on a surface level,the statements "zebra are like horses" and "horses are like zebras" are logically identical. But in our everyday language, we wouldn't usually say "horses are like zebras" because, at least in the U.S. horses are a far more prototypical animal and, thus, more apt as a reference point.

Another example: "The bicycle is near the building" and "the building is near the bicycle." Again, within the rules of formal logic, these statements are on par with each other. However, we're likelier to say the former because a bicycle is smaller, more easily movable object than a building.

Markman and Chestnut asked 650 English-speaking, U.S. adults to read subtle variations of a paragraph that summarized research showing a lack of gender differences in math skills. They then asked the participants which gender they thought was more naturally skilled at math.

Of the participants who read "girls are as good as boys in math," 71 % said boys have more natural math ability. But only 32 % of participants said the same after reading text that contained "boys are as good as girls in math."

And when researchers explicitly asked participants if they thought the sentence "girls are as good as boys at math" was biased in any way, people rated the statement as unbiased, illustrating how seemingly equal statements can suggest inequality without listeners even realizing it.

"Considering that several fields with large gender gaps like computer science and physics value raw talent, statements that imply that boys are naturally more talented could be contributing to women's under representation." Chestnut said in a Stanford press release. "Adults, especially parents and teachers, should thus try to avoid consistently framing one gender as the standard for the other."

Language is a sophisticated set of habits that we can change at will. Not easily , of course, but follow these two rules to put the trajectory of women in STEM professions on better footing.

First, always tell all children (and especially girls) they can be good at math. Previous Stanford University School of Medicine research has found explicit correlations between a positive attitude toward the subject and actual math achievement.

Second, when you make comparisons, try putting women in the benchmark position. Saying "boys are every bit as talented as girls" is not only truthful but potentially empowering.

cepeda's email address is esther or follow her on Twitter:
@estherjcepeda. (c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group.


American Icon Brewery
February 22, 2019 11:30
Call: Beverly 772-257-5950
Judy 772-783-5880

If you need help, or if you can offer help, Please contact
Gilda Barclay-Avelar 772-321-6384 or 772-569-4590
She will find someone to assist you!

12th 1:30 Reading Group 5 (2nd Tuesday of the month) Co-chairs: Gail DeGioia 772-321-9156 or or Martha Habeshian or 772-770-5702.

13th 12noon Reading Group 2 (2nd Wednesday of the month) Chair: Sheila Troob 794-5356 or

13th 1:30 Reading Group 4, (2nd Wednesday of the month), Co-chairs Jane Matyniak 217-3209, jane.matyniak@ or Kathy Kalt 777-584-0012,

16th 11:30 Book Author Luncheon, Vero Beach Country Club

18th 1:30 Reading Group 3, (3rd Monday of the month), Chair: Barb Spelman, 7030851-0887 or

19th 9:30 Reading Group 1 (3rd Tuesday of the month) Chair: Eleanor Wade 226-0834 or

22nd 11:30 Lunch Bunch, American Icon Brewery, 1133 19th Place (off 60E), Vero Beach, call Beverly 772-257-5950 or Judy 772-783-5780

25th 1:00 International Relations Group (4th Monday of the Month). Chair: Barbara Mandell 794-1719

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