Welcome to the Tucson (AZ) Branch of AAUW!

Lilly Ledbetter: Equal Pay Day & Happy Birthday Celebration

April 14, 2015
Phoenix City Hall
Mayor Greg Stanton
(time to be announced)
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown
Keynote: Lilly Ledbetter
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

LillyLedbetterLilly Ledbetter will join AAUW of Arizona, the Phoenix Women’s Commission and other equal pay advocates to celebrate Equal Pay Day 2015. April 14 is Lilly’s birthday as well.

On the same day that President Obama on April 8, 2014, signed the two executive orders to increase pay protections for women in federal operations and settings, Mayor Greg Stanton requested that Councilwoman Kate Gallego form a working group – the Equal Pay Committee- to evaluate the City of Phoenix’s policies and to provide recommendations to ensure equal pay for equal work.

Jean Johnson, AAUW of Arizona Equal Pay Advocate, has served as one of three community members on the Equal Pay Committee along with representatives from the City of Phoenix, Mayor Stanton’s, the City Council’s and the City Manager’s offices, and from Equal Opportunity, Law, Human Resources, Procurement and the Fire Department. Jean has collaborated with AAUW National staff Kate Farrar, Deborah Swerdlow, Lisa Maatz and relied on the research document, “The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap” led by Dr. Catherine Hill, to inform her advocacy and participation.

The current proposed amendments incorporate three of the four AAUW advocacy positions: prohibition of retaliation against individuals who discuss salaries, and training, both through human relations and salary negotiation. Although the Human Relations Department of the City of Phoenix conducts an ongoing internal audit regarding equal pay, the group failed to muster support for audits and citywide data collection regarding pay equity.

The Phoenix Women’s Commission has approved the recommended amendments. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the changes February 24, 2015 at which time the Mayor’s office will issue formal press releases to the public. In the meantime, AAUW of Arizona is staging the equal pay day event, featuring Lilly.

Registration forms for the luncheon are coming soon. The anticipated price of the tickets is $100. In addition to paying for the venue and the lunch, proceeds from the luncheon are to pay for Lilly’s speaking fee that is now negotiated through an agent.

Recall that in the Supreme Court decision, the justices agreed that Lilly had been discriminated against, but because she failed to meet the time line of filing suit within six months of the first discrepancy in pay, her claim was denied, thus denying her any compensation. Lilly is currently dependent on speaking fees for income.

Linda Hallman, CEO, and Kathryn Braeman, Board of Directors Liaison, will represent AAUW National at the Lilly Ledbetter: Equal Pay Day and Happy Birthday Celebration.

For further information, please contact:

Jane Adrian
AAUW of Arizona

Legislative Day
February 25, 2015

For carpool info please contact Shirley Muney smuney2k@yahoo.com (326-3018) or Nieves Miljure luvuwylie@hotmail.com (396-4544).

Hi all,

Sorry to take so long to get this to you but I was trying to make it as complete as possible.  The attached is the agenda for our program.  As to the coffee in the morning, please feel free to invite guests to come, especially ones we won’t be meeting with during the day or contact me and I will send them an invitation.  I already have received requests to invite Dr. Eric Meyer, Rep. Victoria Steels, Senator Katie Hobbs, and Rep. Lela Alston.  In addition, there are others associated with the LWV, The Jewish Federation, and United Methodist Women who have been collaborating with us in getting the Human trafficking bill passed, that will be invited.

Please remind everyone to wear TEAL and their AAUW name tags and let me know the number coming from your branches by February 18th.  This can be a rough number and anyone can come at the last minute.  It just gives me some idea of how many to expect for coffee and rolls.  I have found out there is a food court nearby and a sandwich store downstairs at the capitol for those who wish to buy their lunch.  Thanks for all your hard work and I will send out additional information as we get closer to the date.

Sharon Hettick
AAUW of Arizona
State Public Policy Chair


Did you experience an outstanding teacher or school program as a student, as a parent/grandparent of a student, or have you encountered one in your contact with local schools today? If so, please join us in our new AAUW-Arizona Education Initiative as we “pay it forward for education.”

As you recall your experiences with excellent teachers and public school programs throughout your lifetime, please consider acknowledging that excellence by interviewing and writing up one or more current stories of “public school secrets.”   Of course, they are not really secrets but rather stories which are not widely publicized and do not match the prevailing media and political rhetoric of public schools failing students.

Choose a teacher or program you would like to highlight or volunteer for an assigned interview, then write up and submit the narrative. You may choose to do one or more interviews. We have the basic questions to guide your gathering of information. And, we can help you identify teachers or programs if you want. We do need to have stories representative of instruction at all grade levels, size of schools, subject matter areas within the regular school curriculum, extra-curricular activities and intervention programs.   The focus of our study will be the public district schools. Any charter school included will need to meet the criteria of citizen elected school boards, open board meetings, budget transparency including open purchasing policies, open enrollment (i.e. no requirements/restrictions for enrollment), and adherence to state curriculum and teacher certification standards.

If you will supply the collection manpower, our branch and AAUW-AZ can help to correct the narrative and tell the stories of quality public education.   We can all have a positive experience while joining our voices together to correct the narrative. Help change what is happening in funding of public schools in the state and “pay it forward” for all of Arizona’s children.

For more information or to volunteer contact……
Connie Harrison (connie2425@cox.net)
Francine Schacter (francine@skilfor.com)

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A Century of Activism –
Tucson Branch
American Association of University Women

The AAUW Tucson Branch celebrated its 100th birthday in 2009. To commemorate this centennial event five branch members with a common interest were determined to share the unique history of our Tucson Branch.

The authors, Pat Spoonamore, Lou Bagnara, Patricia Gilbert, Connie Harrison and Baleka Baker were not without experience in AAUW and Tucson Branch activities. Pat Spoonamore was a Past State President, a Past Tucson Branch President and a Tucson Branch Historian. Lou Bagnara and Connie Harrison were also Past Tucson Branch Presidents. Pat Gilbert, was a past editor of the AZ Sun (our state newsletter) and a past editor of the Tucson Branch Saguaro Sentinel and Baleka Baker was also a past editor of the Saguaro Sentinel.

Many other people were involved in creating this book. Beginning in 2009 branch members came and sorted, filed, and tossed duplicates. Members made file folders, and put material in order by decades. We thank Jean Brady, Carol Dow, Maxine Heiman, Cary Hillyer, Nieves Miljure, Shirley Muney, Ardis Noonan, Jane Rohwer, Nancy Sauder, Esther Scher, and Nancy Woodling for all their time and work on the files without which our task would have been much more difficult.

The cover design silhouettes represent the evolution of women in the Tucson Branch from the turn of the century bustle to the 21st century woman in a STEM career. In our century of activism AAUW members have participated in and supported national, state, and community issues based on AAUW’s groundbreaking research concerning women, families, education, advocacy, leadership development and expansion of job opportunities because “Equity is still an Issue”.

Get Your Copy Now!

You may purchase the book at any Tucson Branch Meeting or order a copy to be sent to you by mail.

Please write checks out to Patricia Gilbert for $20.00 if purchasing at a branch meeting.

If you would like to order a copy to be mailed to you please send your checks made out to Patricia Gilbert for $24.00 to cover mailing and handling to Baleka Baker, 7667 E. Lee Street, Tucson, AZ 85715-5018. Include your name and return address to receive your copy.

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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

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