Category Archives: Programs

Anything related to program activities for the AAUW Sacramento Branch.

Closing the Gender Pay Gap by Nancy McCabe

April 7, 2018
10 a.m to 12 p.m.
2700 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento 95821
Department of Human Assistance, Room 58

Shannon Smith-Crowley

In 2015 women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 80 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 20 percent. That is an increase from 60 percent in 1960 due to women’s progress in education and workforce participation and men’s wages rising at a slower rate. At this rate, women should reach parity by 2059 unless the rate continues at a slower rate as it has since 2001. It could take until 2152 at this rate.


The gender pay gap has lifelong effects, contributing to more older women than men living below the poverty line. When you start off behind, you aren’t likely to catch up.

Angelique Ashby

The April 7 branch meeting focuses on what the current issues are and what efforts are being made to level the playing field. Even though many of us are out of the labor market, our daughters and granddaughters are being affected by this imbalance today and will continue to do so. Join us April 7 at 10 a.m. to hear Shannon Smith-Crowley the AAUW state lobbyist and Angelique Ashby, Sacramento City Councilwoman discuss what is happening in Sacramento both at the state and local level and learn what we, as AAUW members, can do to further the cause of pay equity.

Eventbrite - Closing the Gender Pay Gap with Shannon Smith-Crowley and Angelique Ashby

Heads Up – Save These May and June Dates! by Deborah Dunn

There are two upcoming Branch meetings you will not want to miss, so mark your calendars now. Our May Branch meeting will be on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance, 2700 Fulton Ave. The winner of our February 2018 Speech Trek contest, Grace Tan, will deliver her winning speech on the very timely contest topic, “How Do We Stand Up to Sexism?” Our recently elected officers for 2018-19 will be installed, and meeting attendees will have an opportunity to mingle with and better get to know other members from their respective geographic areas.

Also, be sure to reserve Saturday, June 9 for the Annual Potluck and Year-End Celebration. Spouses/partners are welcome and encouraged to attend. Details will be coming soon, but for now, please hold Saturday evening June 9 for a time to socialize and celebrate another great year with our AAUW Branch friends.

AAUW Sacramento Branch Supports Cosumnes River College Food Pantry by Deborah Dunn

Kudos to our Sacramento Branch members for their generosity in providing more than 35 grocery bags full of non-perishable food to The Hawk Spot, the food closet at Cosumnes River College in February. The Hawk Spot was created in cooperation with the Elk Grove Food Bank in response to food insecurity among the students at CRC. After learning about The Hawk Spot during the November Branch program on women and student loans, the Sacramento Branch Board of Directors elected to take action. Members were encouraged to consider donating food to the CRC food closet. Our members rose to the occasion and gave generously.

Our Sacramento Branch received the following note from Mary Lou Alcantara, Student Ambassador at CRC:

“Thank you so much for the time, effort and donations that your association has given our food pantry. Cosumnes River College’s Hawk Spot currently serves about 200 students per month, and due to the growth of the program from last year, there have been times where we’ve struggled to provide amount of food needed for our students. The donations have helped us greatly in terms of providing for the growing population of students who come to us for aid.”

Authors Luncheon on March 24 by Nancy McCabe

Come to listen and share Hoang Chi Truong’s story of her family’s escape during the fall of South Vietnam and their arrival to the US and adjustment to life in the Sacramento Valley. Their immigrant experience is one of hard work and family sacrifice to enable the younger children to thrive in the new country. Her mother was the family caretaker and her father worked several jobs to support their children and provide the necessities as they acclimated to a very different culture. The author feels that their story is much like that of today’s immigrants.

She started writing her book, Tigerfish, to explain to her young daughter how her life had been so different.  By the time she had finished the memoir, she also had a son with whom to share her story.

Catch up on where her life has led since she finished the book and share lunch with other AAUW readers. This is an important annual meeting as it is election of officers for next year. Either click the orange “Register Now” button on the website to pay by credit card or click here to download and  mail the attached registration form to Dawn Boyd. Reservations are due March 13. See you there!

Eventbrite - AAUW Sacramento 2018 Authors Luncheon


Deeper in Debt Follow-Up: Cosumnes River College Food Closet Assistance by Deborah Dunn

At the November Branch Program, “Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans,” we learned from Yolanda Garcia, the Financial Aid Supervisor at Cosumnes River College, that the college is addressing the needs of its homeless and food insecure students by providing a food closet called The Hawk Spot. The food closet, a partnership between the Elk Grove Food Bank and CRC, is assisting about 500 students per month and is in need of non-perishable food.

As a follow-up to our “Deeper in Debt” program, during February, our Sacramento AAUW Branch will be collecting non-perishable items from members and donating them to The Hawk Spot. The most popular items students ask for are cereals, small bags of rice, pastas, flavored oatmeal, Jelly/jams, macaroni and cheese, and tuna. Other items to consider include soups, peanut/almond butter, and pasta sauce.

If you would like to assist The Hawk Spot with a voluntary food donation, there are a couple of ways to do so. If you are going to the Speech Trek Competition on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Cosumnes River College in Winn 150, please consider taking a bag of non-perishable food. Branch members will collect all the food brought to Speech Trek, and members of our Program Committee will arrange to deliver it to CRC during their drop off hours. If you are not attending Speech Trek but still want to help, you can drop off your bag of food at any the homes of the following members of the Program Committee: Deborah Dunn (located in Greenhaven/Pocket area), Nancy Nolen Swanson (located in the Folsom area) or Gloria Yost (located in the Fair Oaks area). Please email Deborah (, Nancy (, or Gloria ( to make arrangements for dropping off your bag of food.

Thank you for your help in supporting student wellness and reducing the impact of food insecurity on learning. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Deborah Dunn, Program Co-Director, AAUW Sacramento.

IBC Luncheon on Saturday, January 27th. Reservations Due on January 19 by Donna Holmes

This month we have the annual Capitol Cities Inter-Branch Funds Luncheon. This year’s two fellows, Kara Leong from UC Davis and Zawadi Ahidiana from UC Berkeley, are receiving their support from local grants. We are so delighted women honored to have grants in their name or their branch’s name will be introducing them at the luncheon.  Many of you have asked if we will ever meet the ladies who benefit from our soon to be completed Research and Project grant, and this is how we do it.  Just think, in another couple of years, one of our grant recipients could be speaking at this luncheon!  Click this link for the flyer and sign up today.  Note:  since this is an IBC function there is no EventBrite sign up.

We will also be hosting a silent auction to raise money for Funds.  Donna Holmes has donated an Americana double/queen size quilt.  Marty McKnew will have custom greeting cards for sale.  Bring your cash or checkbook!

Deeper in Debt Recap by Alicia Hetman

Alicia Hetman

The “Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans” program in October was very informative and provided a great opportunity for the attendees to learn more about how the issue is handled in the Sacramento area. We heard from Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Financing, Lupita Cortez-Alcala, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission, and Yolanda Garcia, Financial Aid Supervisor at Consumnes River College.

When asked what AAUW members could do to help students navigate through the maze of student loans, Cortez-Alcala suggested that we receive training and assist in the student trainings offered by the California Student Aid Commission. I have her contact information and in January will begin to see if some of you may be interested in participating in this project. For more information, I can be reached at

Our Annual Holiday Luncheon is Saturday, December 9 at 11:30 a.m. by Nancy McCabe

Annual Holiday Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.  on Saturday, December 9. Reservations due by December 4.

(Editor’s Note:  Folks, as this newsletter is coming out when the reservations are essentially due,  if you were still deciding whether to come to the Holiday Luncheon, please register via Eventbrite immediately or contact Dawn Boyd immediately at 925-321-9946 to let her know that the check is on its way and your menu choice.)

Please join us for our always enjoyable holiday luncheon which will again be held at North Ridge Country Club. The setting is lovely, and you get to enjoy the program, Mothers of Invention, given by our member and renowned speaker Carolyn Martin. When Carolyn earned her M.A. in History from the University of Washington, women rarely appeared in her studies. She later took a Women’s History class at CSUS and has continued to research and teach about women’s contributions in many fields. Her presentation is both fun and enlightening-Did you know that a woman invented disposable diapers? Scotchguard? Permanent Press? Talk about necessity being the mother of invention!

Music will again be provided by our talented member Mary Williams.

The menu selections are Chicken Fusilli Pasta and Vegetarian Lasagna. A vegan meal is available by request. Included in the lunch are salad, bread, coffee, tea and crème brulee. Parking is free and there is a full no-host bar.

  • Click the button below to register and pay with Eventbrite (note that the cost on :

Eventbrite - 2017 Annual Holiday Party

  • Click here to print the form if you wish to pay by check made payable to AAUW Sacramento. Mail to Dawn Boyd to her address in the directory.

Please bring new or gently used children’s books for Love-Talk-Read. Reading to children greatly enhances their chances for success in life. This group donates books for children up to twelve years of age to numerous organizations both here and abroad. If you want to make your book donation go farther, you may want to check out Friends of the Sacramento Public Library Book Den. See their website for location and hours. They have a great selection!

We have approximately 230 members so let’s aim for 230 books!

See you at lunch!

Deeper In Debt – Women and College Loans on November 9, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Carmichael Library
5605 Marconi Ave., Carmichael, 95608

  • Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans: AAUW Research Findings, Recommendations, and Panel Discussion, Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.; Carmichael Public Library, 5605 Marconi Ave., CarmichaelWomen now earn 57 percent of the bachelor’s degrees from U.S. colleges and universities, a remarkable achievement since AAUW’s founding in 1881 when women were awarded only a small fraction of college degrees. However, during the past few decades, student loans have become an increasingly common means of paying for post-secondary education. As a result, 44 million borrowers in the United States hold about $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loans, which has caused increasing awareness of student debt as a challenge for the U.S. economy as well as for individual borrowers.

    AAUW’s new research report, Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, examines student debt from the perspective of gender and shows its disproportionate effects on women. Women hold nearly two-thirds of the outstanding student debt in the United States—more than $800 billion. And the gender pay gap contributes to the finding that women pay back their loans more slowly.

    On Nov. 9, the Sacramento Branch and the California State University Sacramento AAUW partner will present the AAUW research report findings and recommendations on student debt, followed by a panel discussion. We are pleased to have the participation of some very highly regarded California leaders in areas of education financing. Our panelists include Lupita Cortez-Alcala, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission, and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, the Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance.

    Please plan to attend this important program at the Carmichael Public Library. Also, consider bringing a friend with potential for joining AAUW. If they join at the meeting, they will receive a 50 percent discount on the national dues, a savings of $24.50. You can register for free at Eventbrite by clicking the link below.

Eventbrite - Deeper In Debt: Women and Student Loans

Featured panelists:

  • Assemblyman Kevin McCarty–Chair, Budget Subcommittee on Education Financing
  • Lupita Cortez-Alcala– Executive Director, California Student Aid Commission
  • Yolanda Garcia–Financial Aid Supervisor, Cosumnes River College

AAUW Sacramento and AAUW Sacramento State Chapter invite students, faculty, AAUW members & the public