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_____________ AAUW Meetings 2021-2022_____________
Meetings are typically held at the Janesville Woman’s Club building, 108 S. Jackson.
However, due to COVID 19, our monthly meetings will be hybrid or virtual until it is safe for all of us to meet in person.
Prospective members are always welcome. Contact us: aauwjanesville@gmail.com

The programs for the 2022-23 AAUW year will be posted later this summer. Please check back. 

2021-22 Programs

September 28. 2021  – 6:30 pm
SHINE Tracy Radel - EmailSHINE Technologies: An update on a new approach to generating medical isotopes for cancer diagnoses.
Tracy Radel – VP of Engineering

Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), which decays into technetium-99m, is used in more than 40 million medical diagnostic procedures annually. SHINE was founded to address concerns over the Mo-99 supply chain and rethink the way we produce Mo-99, and the way we approach commercial nuclear projects in general. This presentation will focus on SHINE’s innovative production method, how the SHINE team approaches engineering challenges, and why diversity in thinking which comes from diversity in backgrounds is so important in engineering. Join us to learn what’s moving and shaking in Janesville!

October 26, 2021  – 6:30 pm
karla-simpsonWidowhood and Isolation
Modern Widows Club is a nonprofit organization consisting of four international communities and more than 35 national communities, with one right here in Janesville. Modern Widows Club is a life support group that empowers widows to lean into life, build resilience, and make a positive difference in the world. Our mentoring model has successfully helped thousands of widows get back in step with life to the point where they’re giving back to others. The program will be presented by Karla Simpson who will also include the mental health aspects of widowhood into her presentation.

November 23, 2021  – 6:30 pm
IDEAL Scholarship—Giving a Step Up at Blackhawk Tech 
HurdaThis IDEAL Scholarship is an important new initiative at Blackhawk Technical College. For young, homeless, first generation college students from marginalized communities, the cost of college tuition is just one of the barriers to education beyond high school. Learn how BTC pulled together the IDEAL scholarship, a complete wrap-around package which covers tuition, fees, paid internships, faculty mentorship, and a cost-of-living stipend for students from historically marginalized communities to pursue their educational aspirations. Presented by Lisa Hurda, Director of Advancement & Foundation, Blackhawk Technical College.
Please join us on Tuesday, November 23 at 6:30 pm at the Woman’s Club or via Zoom. Join us at: shorturl.at/uwHNT. AAUW meetings are open to the public.

Saturday, January 8, 2022 – 9:30 am
A Fireside Chat with AAUW Fort Atkinson

Don_VruwinkOur guest for this joint meeting will be State Representative Don Vruwink, from Milton. Don is a retired teacher and a wonderfully charming and down-to-earth legislator. Don has represented the 43rd Assembly District since 2017. He will give a legislative update and answer questions.
Please join us on Saturday, January 8 at 9:30 am at the Fort Atkinson Club.  AAUW meetings are open to the public.

January 2022   January 15, Noon
DEI -Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Virtual

Please join us for a virtual community-wide MLK Commemoration event premiering on LIVE on YWCA Rock County Facebook page on Saturday, Jan 15 at noon. Our keynote speaker for the event will be Chief Sayles of the Beloit Police Department. Students from the School District of Beloit will recite the pledge of allegiance and there will be a special rendition of the Black National Anthem by Michelle Hendrix. There will be student performances, speakers and artwork showcased throughout the virtual event.
The theme of this event is Where Do You Stand? Who Are You Standing With? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about this theme in the quote, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

February  22, 2022  – 6:30 pm
Irreconcilable Differences – Why the US Should Break Apart for a More Perfect Union
Recording of meeting available: 

Ron WatsonOnce again in its history, the U.S. electorate has sharply divided into opposing political camps, this time around an array of serious social and environmental issues for which compromise is practically and morally difficult. This program will discuss one argument for clearing this impasse –- providing the American public, via the existing state structure, with viable options for going their separate ways to pursue radically different policy preferences. Following the presentation of the initial argument, participants will be asked to consider several options for separation and work together to devise other approaches to this seemingly intractable political deadlock.
Presented by Ron Watson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Political Science and Health & Society, Beloit College.
Please join us on Tuesday, November 22 at 6:30 pm on Zoom.
AAUW meetings are open to the public.

March 22, 2022  – 6:30 pm
How Safe Is Rock County’s Drinking Water?
Recording of meeting available:
What are the greatest threats to assuring safe drinking water for all Wisconsin citizens? What can citizens do to assure and promote safe drinking water? What is being done by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to ensure our water is clean and safe?
Our speakers will address these and other questions, discuss the role of water quality data, and highlight DNR’s role and top priorities. Join us to learn more about this resource that is vital to our health, economy, and way of life—clean water.
Eileen PierceEileen F. Pierce is the DNR South Central Region Drinking Water & Groundwater Field Supervisor. Her responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of Safe Drinking Water regulations in the 11 counties of south-central Wisconsin and supervising a team of 10 water supply engineers and specialists. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in the Program of Liberal Studies, both from the University of Notre Dame.

Amy KublyAmy Kubly received a Biological Systems Engineering Degree specializing in Natural Resources from UW-Madison. She began working with the DNR as a Water Supply Engineer in 2007 and currently works with municipal drinking water systems in Crawford, Richland, Rock, and Sauk counties to achieve compliance with drinking water standards.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 pm at the Janesville Woman’s Club, 108 S. Jackson Street, or via Zoom. Check this site for a Zoom link closer to the date.  AAUW meetings are open to the public.

April 26, 2022  – 6:30 pm
Claire-GrayA Dream Coming True: A Rock County Children’s Museum
Grandparents, parents, teachers, and all those who love kids will enjoy learning about the exciting plans for the Rock County Children’s Museum. Spoiler Alert: It will be housed in Janesville. Come to learn; stay for the fun. Claire Gray, President of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum of Rock County, is scheduled to speak at this meeting.
  AAUW meetings are open to the public.

May 24, 2022
Jan KnutsonRewarding and Developing Local
6:00 pm  Social & Ice Cream Sundae bar

6:30 pm  Scholarship presentations (See May Impact for information on these scholars)
7:00 Performance by Parker Arts Academy students

7:40 pm  Installation of officers and business meeting
Woman’s Club Building or Zoom
Our year of hard work culminates on this inspiring evening as we award our 2022 AAUW Scholarships to accomplished students from Janesville, Milton, and Edgerton. Please join us to meet and congratulate these outstanding future leaders.
And to top off an evening of celebrating young, local talent, Jan Knutson will tell us about the new Performing Arts Academy at Parker High School and Academy students will entertain us with song and dance.


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.


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!


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, 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.