Presidents’ Message by Liz Jordan and Charmen Goehring

Dear Sacramento Branch members,

Charmen Goehring

Don’t Miss February

First, let us encourage you to participate in both of this month’s wonderful and unique AAUW Sacramento experiences.

  • Feb. 15: Speech Trek Contest at Cosumnes River College, 9 a.m.-noon. This is our 13th annual participation in this outreach program, and it never fails to inspire me. See Ann Arneill’s article and show up, meet these young people, see the future, and be inspired. (Los Rios Community College parking is $2 for absolutely everybody, no exceptions.)
  • Feb. 29: 100th Anniversary Luncheon at Northridge Country Club, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Our fun and inspiring 100th Anniversary luncheon has been in the planning for about three years. See the article in this month’s Capital Ideas and your mailed invitation, then go to Eventbrite to register for $30 and select your meal choice.

This anniversary celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Invite your friends, members who may no longer belong, and your family members who want to celebrate with us.

The future in March 2020

March 31, 2020, is Equal Pay Day. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. The National Committee on Pay Equity reminds us to wear red to symbolize how far women and minorities are “in the red” with their pay.

Liz Jordan

Personal Note from Liz:

I was able to “woman” our table at the 2020 Women’s March on Jan. 18. What a pleasure I had in speaking with all kinds of women and men about AAUW and our special branch. Two specific young women with whom I spoke were two beneficiaries of AAUW outreach:

  • A former Tech Trekker who had benefited from another branch’s program but who now is interested in joining AAUW.
  • A Scholarship recipient of another branch’s Scholarship program but who wants now to give back and hopefully join our branch.

Also, AAUW has participated in the battle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment since it was first introduced in 1923, and in January we moved one step closer when the Virginia legislature voted to ratify it as the 38th state, satisfying the 3/5’s of states ratifying requirement. This isn’t the end, but it is a giant step in the right direction. Stay tuned. The battle for gender equity is not over, but closer to the goal than ever before.