Virtual Events

For the fiscal year July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, the AAUW Pennsylvania board decided to leverage the power of Zoom and present virtual events.  Below is a summary.

Lifting as We Climb: Our Journey with AAUW

March 29, 2022


Presenters:  Dr. Lisette Garcia, Assistant Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Penn State University and Dr. Kimberly S. Adams, Professor of Political Science, East Stroudsburg University.

Summary:  Our speakers are distinguished in their careers and serve on AAUW’s National Board of Directors. Hear about their passion for AAUW’s mission; history of AAUW involvement; their career journey; and why they think AAUW is relevant and needed today.

#Time To Care – Paid Leave

February 24, 2022


Presenter:  Marianne Bellesorte, National Implementation Director, Family Values @ Work

Summary:  Over the course of our lives, we will all need time to care for ourselves or our loved ones – and they will need #timetocare for us. We must ensure #paidleaveforall is passed so every working person has both the time and money needed to survive.  The pandemic highlighted the need for caregivers and families across the nation to have #timetocare for their loved ones and themselves.  We do not have paid leave in Pennsylvania or at the Federal level.

The virtual meeting started with the showing of #TimeToCare.  This is a 20-minute film that shines a light on the needs faced by working women and men.  It is a follow-up to the film Zero Weeks.  This portion of the virtual meeting was not recorded.

Following the video, Marianne Bellesorte, the 2017 AAUW PA Gateway to Equity Awardee link for her work on paid leave, will provide an update on legislation and what advocacy steps you can take.

Now is the time to act to ensure that we are the generation that passes #paidleaveforall.

Leadership Development and Membership Growth Start with YOU

February 15, 2022


Presenter:  Una Martone, President & CEO of Leadership Harrisburg Area

Summary:  AAUW PA members and guests – if you are looking for ready-to-implement strategies for leadership development and membership growth, please join the AAUW-PA District Coordinators on February 15 when we welcome Una Martone, President & CEO of Leadership Harrisburg Area.  Una will facilitate an interactive session from 7-8:00 PM.  Here’s a little insight into her program – leadership development and membership growth start with YOU.  Why are you a member of this organization?  Why do you choose to lead?  Your WHY will inspire others.  Feel free to prepare for this session by watching an 18 minute Ted Talk featuring Simon Sinek at the link below.  Everything starts with WHY.

The Status of Women and Politics, A Conversation with Dr. Dana Brown

January 18, 2022


Presenter:  Dana Brown, Ph.D., Executive Director, Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics  at Chatham University and Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Brown will review the status of women and politics and host a conversation with your observations and questions about why it is important for women to get into politics to effect change at every level.

The Pennsylvania Center for Women in Politics at Chatham University was awarded the AAUW Pennsylvania Gateway to Equity Award in 2018.

AAUW and Diversity Equity Inclusion

November 11, 2021


Presenter:  Melissa Ingram, the National Chair for the Inclusion and Equity Committee

Summary:  Melissa earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Prior to that, Dr. Ingram completed her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Hawaii Pacific University, in Honolulu, HI, and her master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. She currently serves as the Department Director, Theories and Principles of Adult Learning, Squadron Officer School at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. Dr. Ingram will provide updates on what the national committee is working on, the four goals of the committee, and how they changed from last year to this year. She would also like to have an open forum and feedback session. She wants to know what the state needs to help with our DEI goals.

Increasing and Retaining Membership — It’s an all-member project

October 14, 2021


Moderator:  Sue Johnston, Central District Coordinator

Kim Glavin  Membership Chair, West Chester-Chester County
Virginia Mauk  Membership Co-Chair, Carlisle
Peggy Eyer  Membership Chair, Indiana County
Susan Wheatley  Branch Website Manager, Indiana County

Summary:  Membership matters. We all hear that, and know it is true for the health of our branch. We don’t focus enough on retention and growth, which is where we can improve.

A panel of membership chairs from branches that have been successful in increasing and maintaining membership will present what they have done that works. There will be time for your questions. AAUW Pennsylvania Membership VP, Randi Blauth, will be available to answer questions.

All members are encouraged to attend, because branch membership growth is everyone’s responsibility.

Pay Equity and Domestic Violence

September 29, 2021


Presenters:  Aishwarya Sinha, Prevention Specialist, and Kristen Herman, Director of Prevention, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Summary:  A woman who works full-time in the United States earns 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man. This difference translates to an average loss of 530,000 dollars over the course of a woman’s lifetime. This wage gap has several negative impacts on women, both economically and on their health. Many of these negative impacts are also known risk factors for intimate partner violence (IPV).

Pay equity in turn can improve women’s access to education and opportunities, which will increase the economic and social empowerment of women. Eliminating the wage gap will lead to women being viewed as more valuable in society, ultimately reducing the risk factors for IPV. This presentation aims to explore the gender wage gap, the common myths, and trends behind the gap, how it impacts a person’s likelihood of experiencing risk factors for IPV and theorizes how these connections might form. The presentation will also look at potential action steps aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap and IPV.