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AAUW Action Network: How to Thrive in a Woman's Nation :)
How to Thrive in a Woman's Nation :)
For the first time in our nation's history, women make up half of all workers and are becoming the primary breadwinners in more families than ever before. Times have changed, but policies at government, education, and business institutions haven't kept up.
Last Friday, AAUW released policy recommendations in response to a new report from Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress. The Shriver Report-A Woman's Nation Changes Everything highlights the rise of women in the workforce while emphasizing that working women and their families lack the critical support they need to thrive in today's changing world. One of the report's main authors, Heather Boushey, is a former AAUW Fellow.
The media has picked up on the importance of this shift in our nation's demographics - Maria Shriver was a guest on Meet the Press this Sunday, a full week of programming related to the report began this week on NBC, and the report is also highlighted in Time Magazine. News of AAUW's policy recommendations was picked up by several agencies, and we were all over blogs and Twitter. Now, it's time to take our message to Capitol Hill.
We know that equity in numbers has not translated into gender equity in America's workplaces, educational institutions, or government agencies. In areas from pay equity and work/life balance to education and health care, there is much work to be done to break through the barriers which have impeded the progress of women and girls for far too long.
Urge your members of Congress to support AAUW's policy recommendations aimed at continuing to improve women's status and strengthening the economic security of their families. Simply click on the "Take Action" link in the upper right corner or copy and paste the following URL into your Internet browser. Then follow the instructions to send your message. http://www.capwiz.com/aauw/issues/alert/?alertid=14210126
Read AAUW's policy recommendations based on the report, then download our Program in a Box to see how you can turn the recommendations into action with your branch or community. For all this and more, see AAUW's new webpage devoted to our response to A Woman's Nation.
The grassroots liaisons in AAUW's new Leadership Corps program will be reaching out to AAUW branch leaders to provide mentoring and assistance. Whether you are a member of an AAUW branch (an officer or not) or a member-at-large interested in becoming involved with other AAUW members, please fill out the online form here to indicate areas of branch programming or administration for which you would like assistance. Washington Update is AAUW's free, members-only weekly e-bulletin. It offers an insider's view on the legislative process, the latest policy news, resources for advocates, programming ideas, and updates from the Public Policy and Government Relations Department. To stay up-to-date on all issues important to our mission, all AAUW members, including college and university partners, are encouraged to subscribe to Washington Update by emailing VoterEd@aauw.org .
Visit AAUW's blog, AAUW Dialog, to share your thoughts on current news and events and the way they relate to AAUW's mission.
Read the 2009-2011 AAUW Public Policy Program.
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