AAUW Membership Matters By Jan Stuter & Bonnie Penix
PANDEMIC PONDERINGS By Jan Stuter
As I sit back and consider the impact of the pandemic on AAUW members, particularly the loss of social contact with compatible, educated people at branch and interest group meetings, I ask
myself why should anyone join? Then I remember the overriding principle our joining represents: EQUITY for women, which will lead, eventually, to all people enjoying respect and dignity in our world.
Our membership supports a wide variety of initiatives and programs in the social, political, cultural and educational realms. In short, joining AAWW Sacramento is an investment in positive futures for girls and women everywhere.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY:
- THINK OF MEMBERSHIP AS A TANGIBLE ANNUAL CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE WELFARE OF GIRLS AND WOMEN EVERYWHERE.
- GIFT A CHRISTMAS OR ANYTIME MEMBERSHIP TO A FRIEND OR RELATIVE.
- INVITE A FRIEND OR RELATIVE TO A BRANCH MEETING WHERE THEY CAN QUALIFY FOR A REDUCED YEARLY MEMBERSHIP RATE.
- INVITE A FRIEND OR RELATIVE TO AN INTEREST GROUP MEETING TO SAMPLE WHAT TANGIBLE LOCAL EXPERIENCES WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE THEY CAN ENJOY AS A MEMBER.
ISSUES ON MY RADAR
Why are people, mainly women, whose principal roles are to raise children (they will become our future citizens) and run households (allowing other adults who live with them to pursue financially rewarding careers) not accorded a specific economic value in our culture? Let’s talk!
WOMEN ARE CAPABLE OF MANY DIFFERENT ROLES IN LIFE
Susanna Madora Salter (1860-1961) was a U.S. politician and activist. She served as mayor of Argonia, Kansas, becoming the first woman elected as mayor in April 1887 at age 27. She was one of the first women to serve any political office in the United States. She attended Kansas State Agricultural College, married and birthed nine children in her 101-year life. Google her!
May all our members experience a thankful and restful Holiday season!