WATCH YOUR MAIL FOR YOUR 2017-2018 RENEWAL PACKAGE! by Pat Winkle and Shirley Wheeler

In mid-April, the dues renewal package is being mailed for the upcoming 2017-2018 year. We are asking that you submit your dues by June 1, 2017, so that we can make a timely report to National. This year the board has included a new branch survey with the renewal and asks that you take some time to give the branch your feedback. The board will review and incorporate your ideas into its strategic planning over the next several years. If you have any questions about the survey when you receive it, please contact Shirley Wheeler or Pat Winkle.

We thank you in advance for your time and your feedback.

Art and Architecture Interest Group Experiences New Manetti Shrem Museum of Art by Deborah Dunn

On March 3, Art and Architecture Interest Group members were treated to a special tour of “Out Our Way,” an exhibit at the new Manetti Shrem Museum of Art on the UC Davis campus. The exhibit is an inaugural exhibition for the Manetti Shrem, which opened in November 2016. The exhibit presents 240 painting, sculptures, drawings, and prints that explore the development of the UC Davis Department of Art, founded in 1958.

Founding Chair Richard L. Nelson built what would become an internationally recognized art department and creative community during his tenure from 1952 to 1970. Nelson hired 12 of the artists whose works are shown in the exhibition: Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Arneson, William T. Wiley, Roy De Forest, Roland Petersen, Manuel Neri, Ralph Johnson, Ruth Horsting, Daniel Shapiro, Rio Giambruni, Jane Garritson, and John Baxter.

Our tour was made even more special by our guide, museum Deputy Director Randy Roberts, Ph.D. Roberts was heavily involved in the design and construction phase of the museum and shared her unique perspective about the building architecture and the way the art is displayed. Roberts usually does not lead tour groups, but our Art and Architecture Interest Group tour coordinator Alice Hammel was able to arrange for Roberts to be our guide. Everyone attending the tour was especially grateful for the extra time and attention we received.

From Cherril Peabody: Interest group members, please take some photos when you do something special with your group. Even if you are just discussing a book or eating healthy (or unhealthy) food, make a memory with a few photographs. When you do, please send them to me so I can incorporate a couple into the next Interest Groups newsletter article.

The Equal Rights Amendment by Liz Jordan

The Equal Rights Amendment

  • Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
  • Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
  • Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

 In 1919, the U. S. Congress passed the 19th Amendment, which states the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.” It was ratified the following year, bringing a culmination to the Women’s Suffrage Movement. By 1923, Alice Paul who had been in Suffrage Leadership introduced the Equal Rights Amendment to Congress. It took another 49 years to get the ERA passed by Congress so that it could be sent out to the states for ratification.

 By June 1982, the deadline for three quarters of the state legislatures to ratify the amendment, the supporters of the amendment had maneuvered ratification by 35 of the 50 states — three states short of the required 38 to make it a part of the U. S. Constitution. Since then, the ERA has been introduced every two years, into every Congress.

One of the most vocal and persuasive opponents of the ERA during the effort for ratification was Phyllis Schlafly, an American constitutional lawyer and conservative activist. In 2007, Schlafly summed up her arguments against the Amendment in a letter to the Los Angeles Times by stating it would

  • “…require women to be drafted into military combat
  • …abolish the presumption that the husband should support his wife and take away Social Security benefits for wives and widows
  • …give federal courts and federal government enormous new powers to reinterpret every law that makes a distinction based on gender, such as those related to marriage, divorce and alimony.”

Supporters of the ERA could respond to these charges with “Precisely. That’s what we want.”

Today, supporters of the ERA can show that laws and courts in the varied 50 states that discriminate and harm the lives of women could be challenged by the existence of an Amendment to the Constitution that prohibits both. The documentary “Equal Means Equal,” written, produced, and directed by actress and filmmaker Kamala Lopez, looks at the following legal and social topics of import to women:

  • Rape, Sexual Assault
  • Foster care & Child Sex Trafficking
  • Reproductive Health Care
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Wage Discrimination
  • Domestic Violence
  • Female Incarceration
  • Female Poverty
  • And the roll of the United States as a leader in International Women’s Rights.

Elaboration on how a constitutional amendment would impact these issues and topics can be found in the documentary and at equalmeansequal.com.

On Jan. 17, 2017, Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 5, followed on Jan. 31 by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), which asserts that the ERA will become part of the U. S. Constitution “whenever ratified by legislatures of three-fourths of the States.”

AAUW contributed to this documentary and continues to fight for the ratification of the ERA. AAUW continues to be a part of what Schlafly called those “…pushy women’s organizations, a consortium of 33 women’s magazines, numerous Hollywood celebrities and virtually all the media.”

2017-18 Scholarship Recipients by Susana Mullen and Anna Storey

The 2017-18 Scholarship Recipients will receive their awards formally and be introduced to the membership at the Fall Showcase on September 23rd. They are:

  • Dannesha Lewis, a CSUS student majoring in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Information Security and Computer Forensics
  • Christina DeOllos, a CSUS student majoring in Civil Engineering. This will be her second award from us.
  • Emily Wirth, a Sacramento City College student preparing for a nursing career specializing in Labor and Delivery
  • Jessica Zwane, a CSUS student majoring in Child Development

“To Engineer is Human” – Paths to California Water Resource Management by Linda Patterson

March Branch Program
March 16, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
Arden-Dimick Community Library Meeting Room
891 Watt Ave., Sacramento

The March Branch Program, in recognition of Women’s History Month and the contributions women are making every day to save our environment for generations to come, will feature two women with a big impact on California’s water crisis. Anne Lynch is a water resource engineer specializing in flood management, recycled water and water resource planning. She is senior project manager with CH2M, where she leads the Statewide Flood Management Planning Program as a consultant to the California Department of Water Resources. Lynch is also a member of the AAUW Sacramento Branch.

Lynch will discuss how she found her calling as a water resource engineer by discussing her career and notable projects in Texas and California. She will reveal how her work on these projects either bucked past trends, sought to solve emerging challenges, or maximize resources. She will then discuss the need to change the way we approach water resources in California in the future.

Our second speaker, Leslie Laudon, is Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Financial Assistance for the California State Water Resources Control Board, a member of the California Environmental Protection Agency. The mission of the Water Control Board is to preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California’s water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses, and to ensure proper water resource allocation and efficient use for the benefit of present and future generations. Laudon will discuss some of the key projects of her organization and the path she took to arrive at her current position.

Drought remains a serious issue for our state. “Although recent rain and snow leads to hope that California’s drought might be coming to an end, whether the drought is broken or not, Californians must act this year to achieve more sustainable long-term water management,” said Jay Ziegler, director of external affairs for The Nature Conservancy in California.

This program, sponsored by the Sacramento Branch Tech Trek Committee, promises to be inspiring, informative, and fun. We hope to see you there.

To attend, please register at Eventbrite by clicking here or send an email confirmation of your attendance to Linda Patterson at linkpatter@gmail.com.

Marjorie Wade: EF Fellowship Recipient Loyal to AAUW by Donna Holmes and Marty McKnew

Dr. Marjorie Wade

Marjorie Wade, loyal Sacramento Branch member and professor of World Languages and Literatures at California State University, Sacramento, recently shared how receiving a Fellowship from AAUW allowed her to complete her Ph.D. dissertation.

Born in Kentucky into a military family, she lived in a number of different locations, including seven years in Germany as her father completed two tours of duty there. When time for another move arrived, her father suggested that she apply for college even though high school graduation was still a year away.

Dr. Wade was accepted at the College of William and Mary in Virginia with the provision that the scores on her entrance exams were sufficient. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in European history at William and Mary. After working for the federal government for four years, she returned to academia and enrolled at Duke University to earn her master’s degree in German. She then moved to Ann Arbor, MI., to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in Germanic Languages and Literatures.

At this point, needing financial support to do research for her dissertation, Dr. Wade applied for an AAUW fellowship as well as a Fulbright fellowship. When both organizations were so generous as to award her grants, AAUW worked with her to adjust their dollar amount so she could accept both awards. The awards enabled her to spend two years in Vienna, Austria to complete her research on the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximillian I (1493-1519). She was enthusiastic about the opportunity she had to study at the University of Vienna and have access to the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, which houses Maximillian’s richly illustrated Weisskunig. The Emperor’s autobiographical work is a treasured resource of art, history and literature.

After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Wade joined the German faculty at CSUS, where she teaches classes in German language, literature and history.

Dr. Wade says she is still extremely grateful to AAUW for her grant and for being so accommodating with their fellowship award that she could also keep the Fulbright, which provided many connections abroad. In fact, she very recently returned from the 65th Anniversary celebration in Vienna of the Fulbright exchange program in Austria.

President’s Message by Nancy McCabe

President Nancy McCabe

Have you thought of volunteering for a board position for our branch? Have you thought that you don’t know enough about AAUW to jump in? Would you feel more comfortable with a bit more knowledge? The annual leadership training for our area will be on April 1 at CSU East Bay in Concord. The topics for training are:

  • Conflict Resolution Improvised
  • Enact to Engage – Modeling the Value Promise
  • Lobbying and Advocacy
  • Empower, Engage and Retain Younger Members
  • Dealing with an Aging Membership

Several of us attended the training two years ago and found it to be helpful. While in-depth knowledge of AAUW is not required to hold an office, one feels more comfortable with training such as this. If you are interested in getting more involved in the mission of our branch, you can always volunteer on a committee, where you will learn by doing. I, for one, have learned a lot by holding an office. Sometimes you don’t realize how much you learn as you go, all while getting to know some really nice ladies!

To register for the leadership training, go to the AAUW California site:

http://www.aauw-ca.org/aauw-california-leadership-days-2017/

Sign up by March 25. The cost is $25, which includes lunch. If you plan to go, let me know if you would like to carpool as I will be driving. I hope several of you choose to get more involved in the business of AAUW Sacramento!

AAUW Sacramento Has a Revised Mission Statement by Anna Storey

Thanks go to Pat Winkle, Cherril Peabody, and Marty McKnew for their work on the revision of the Branch Mission Statement. The mission statement is generally revised every 10 years in order to reflect more accurately what the organization hopes to achieve. We saw the need to make the statement more succinct and, at the same time, give the mission statement more energy.

We hope you agree that it is both easier to remember and better states how we see our mission.

Our new Mission Statement:

AAUW Sacramento provides opportunities for women and girls in our community to advocate for equity and to break through barriers.

Updated Calendars, Printable Articles and 2017 Authors Luncheon Registration

  • Click here to read the interest group calendar
  • Click here to read the book group calendar
  • Click here to read this month’s birthdays
  • Click here for this month’s printable articles
  • Click here for the 2017 Authors Luncheon pdf  or click here to pay online

Editor’s Note:

Please note that Book group 3 has a book, “Year We Left Home”, by Jean Thompson. We will correct the PDF calendar.

 

 

 

Americans’ Reproductive Health Rights Face Uncertain Future by Charmen Goehring

Reproductive health for Americans faces an uncertain future with the election of Donald Trump and the Republican-held Congress. The President and his GOP colleagues have made it clear that they are planning to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (putting no-cost birth control at risk, among other things), and they will defund Planned Parenthood. According to the organization’s leadership, 2.5 million people rely on Planned Parenthood for essential healthcare, including cancer screenings, mammograms and birth control. Community health centers and public health officials speculate that no one else could handle servicing all of those who would be without care.

Planned Parenthood reports a 900% increase in women getting the 5- or 10-year IUD since the November 2016 election, giving themselves a birth control option that will outlast the current administration.

According to an article on BBC News in early February 2017, some states are looking ahead and making plans to aid their citizens. In Oregon, legislators have introduced the Reproductive Health Equity Act, which would continue to provide contraceptives without co-pays in the event of an ACA repeal. It would ensure similar coverage for reproductive health services like STD screenings and abortion.

The Illinois Abortion Act of 1975 states that if Roe vs. Wade is ever overturned, abortion will be illegal in the state. Lawmakers there are hoping to pass HB40, which would repeal that provision in the law and ensure women on Medicaid and state employee health insurance have abortion coverage. And, lastly, in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has floated the idea of a ballot amendment to put the right to abortion in the state constitution.

Americans are showing support for reproductive rights and could make it difficult for legislators concerned with public opinion. Naral-ProChoice America reports that seven out of 10 people support legal abortions. The Centre for Reproductive Rights has seen hundreds of new donors, many of them monthly sustainers, in recent months. And Planned Parenthood reports more than 400,000 have donated since the election (some in Vice President Mike Pence’s name). However, even those amounts won’t match lost federal funds if defunding occurs. Planned Parenthood says that even if federal funding is lost, it will find a way to continue providing the care that patients need.

Get involved by calling your Congressional representative and demanding that they protect reproductive health services for all Americans today.