Welcome to the Janesville AAUW Branch

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A message from Kim Churches, AAUW President:

We at AAUW are deeply concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on our members, supporters, fellowship alumnae, and their families around the world. Your health and safety are our top priorities.

AAUW has been at the cutting edge of fighting for economic equity for nearly 140 years. And what we’re witnessing is how the pandemic is amplifying and exacerbating all of the nation’s inequities.

The issues we’ve long been fighting for are now alarmingly urgent, and our efforts are needed now more than ever.  Consider:

Work Smart & Start Smart

Salary Negotiations
Learn how to research your target salary, highlight your accomplishments, and find the right words — and the confidence — to negotiate for better benefits and pay. You can sign up for a free in-person workshop or online course, which takes less than two hours to complete and can be done at your own pace. Take the online course today!


Branch Programs and Events 2019-20

Most meetings are held at the Janesville Woman’s Club building, 108 S. Jackson, unless otherwise indicated.
Prospective members are always welcome. Contact us: aauwjanesville@gmail.com

Plan ahead for the 2020 AAUW Book Sale at the Olde Towne Mall

The 2020 Book Sale has been canceled. However, we hope to still provide scholarships for deserving local students. Last year we awarded $4,000 in scholarship.

Please consider making a contribution to our scholarship fund.
Nancy, nmoskal@charter.net


Let your representatives know your position on issues
Read about AAUW positions on current bills and use the 2-Minute Activist tool to communicate with your legislators.

____________________________________ Past AAUW Meetings 2019-2020______________________________

Tuesday, September 26, 2019
6:00 p.m.     Social
6:15 p.m.     Potluck
7:00 p.m.     Business meeting + Scholarship Honors
7:15 p.m.   Program: AAUW: Empowering Leaders to Take Charge Former AAUW-Janesville member, Joan Schneider, AAUW-WI Leadership Vice President 2017-2019 and President-Elect for 2020, will join us for our meeting. She will talk about the current focus of AAUW-WI and our National Association.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
6:30 pm  Social
6:45 pm  Business meeting
7:00 pm  Assert Your Power–Be a Force for Change Citizen’s Climate Lobby member, Kate Grogan, will tell us about the work of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization. Learn how passionate citizens who are well-trained, organized by district, and with a good system of support can influence the political process.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
6:15 pm  Social
6:45 pm  Business meeting
7:00 pm  Downsizing: It’s Not as Tough as it Sounds Downsizing your home after years of accumulating possessions can be a daunting experience. Laura Doll will take us through a step-by-step process of downsizing and help simplify it, making it a fun and memorable time.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Program A (10:00 am)
Rock University: An Educational Gem Rock University High School is the newest school in the School District of Janesville. Established as a Middle College, scholars have the potential of graduating from high school with an associate degree to launch into post-secondary education. Students will be telling us about the school. Presented by Lisa Peterson.
Bring a brown bag lunch to eat after the program. Dessert will be provided.
Location: Blackhawk Technical College

Program B (11:30 am)
Cyber Safety in the 21st Century Phishing, fraud, identity theft, and ransomware are just a few of the dangers people face online. Learn the latest tips to steer clear of high-risk internet practices and keep your computer and personal information safe! Bring a brown bag lunch to eat before the program.  Dessert will be provided. The program will begin at 12:15 pm. Presented by Mary Buelow.
Location: Hedberg Public Library

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
11:30 am  Brown bag lunch (beverages and desserts will be provided)
12:15 pm  Business meeting
12:30 pm  The Impact of Wisconsin Laws and Policy on Women’s Health Issues Learn how government policy and actions impact your health choices and decisions. Know the issues and become an advocate for health care policies. Presented by Deb Kolste, State Representative

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 CANCELED
6:30 pm  Social
6:45 pm  Business meeting
7:00 pm  The Changing Landscape of Title IX Learn how Title IX protects you, your daughters, and granddaughters in this program about Title IX’s local impact. Presented by Josh Vallendorf, Gateway Technical School.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Canceled
6:30 pm  Social
6:45 pm  Annual business meeting
7:00 pm  Celebrate National Poetry Month Kimberly Blanchette is a local poet, published author and photographer, and motivational speaker. She is a member of the Janesville Art League and will present a poetry reading. She has presented at numerous conferences and universities as well as women’s organizations. Her enthusiastic, passionate, and articulate reading style makes her a treat for all audiences.

Tuesday, May 28, 2020,  Scholarship Recognition Held online
6:00 pm  Social
6:15 pm  Potluck
7:00 pm  Scholarship presentations
7:30 pm  Pirates and Witches and Ghosts: Oh My! Hear the fascinating story of bold, brazen, vivacious Julia Gardiner Tyler, the second wife of John Tyler, 10th President of the United States. Presented by Bonnie Geyer.

What are the biggest challenges facing women today?
Responses from AAUW members
24% – Unfair Wages / Unequal Pay
22% – Low Self Esteem / Negative Media Images (41% for young women)
18% Access to quality healthcare – Health issues/obesity/cancer/STDs
14% Sexual harassment / gender discrimination / stereotyping
13% Workplace climate and lack of promotional opportunities
11% Work/family or work/ life balance

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.