WELCOME TO AAUW MINNESOTA!
Supporting 29 AAUW branches with over 2,000 members
AAUW of Minnesota Stands Against Racism
AAUW MN mourns the murders of George Floyd, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor, and far too many others. Police and general violence, and anti-black racism are at emergency status. Racist violence is a part of our country’s history and society, and it must stop.
Since its inception, AAUW has advocated equity for women and girls. AAUW has a history of advocacy that moved our country to change many of its practices. Our AAUW advocacy efforts evolved to represent a firm belief in equity for all. But more work is needed.
Minnesota has experienced first-hand the severity of inequality and inequity. Recent events demonstrate the need to bring this long journey of systemic racism and inequity to an end.
This journey will require everyone to listen to all people, to reshape power, to redefine systems, to probe deep-set biases, and to question many aspects of our daily lives. To that end, AAUW MN affirms its advocacy to fight racism and obtain equity and inclusion for all.
Lisa West, AAUW MN President & Jan Carey, AAUW MN VP Pubic Policy
AAUW Minnesota Public Policy Update
2019 Convention Highlights
Governor Tim Walz declared Saturday, April 27, 2019 – AAUW Minnesota Day
A special thank you to our dedicated VP Public Policy, Jan Carey pictured here with AAUW MN President, Lisa West.
LAF Speaker, Dr. Zoe Spencer
Dr. Zoe Spencer, an LAF-supported plaintiff, inspired us with the story of her quest for equity at Virginia State University (VSU). Dr. Z was charged by Virginia State with identifying deficits in gender equity, but when she did, she met with resistance. In 2014, two male administrators, who had previously been terminated, were appointed to faculty positions as associate professors with salaries that were higher than those of female professors at all ranks. Although they did not have PhDs or teaching experience, and taught a much lower number of students, their salaries were $35,000-49,500 higher than Z’s salary (a tenured, full professor, with a PhD). She requested a salary adjustment that was denied, and she subsequently faced retaliation.
Branch Named Gift Honorees
- Duluth – Lou Anne Siefert, Gay Trachsel
- Faribault – Cyndy Harrison, Pauline Schreiber
- Hibbing – Fran Gardeski
- Metro West – Barbara Cohen
- Minneapolis – Diane Boruff, Lois Demers, Sheryl Sostarich
- Northfield – Carol James
- Owatonna – Kris Dragich
- Rochester – Lucy Bahn, Mary Jo Kelly, The Rochester Branch – Celebrating 100 Years
Thanks to all who contributed to, organized, or participated in funds-raisers in 2018. Your hard work, involvement, and monetary gifts make a huge difference in this organization that we care about so deeply.
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|AAUW Mission Statement: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.|
|AAUW Vision Statement: AAUW will be a powerful advocate and visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls.|
|AAUW Promise: By joining AAUW, we belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that women have a fair chance.|