AAUW Florida History
AAUW Florida began in 1929 and has been active ever since. Thirteen years earlier in 1916 a group of Tampa women organized as a branch of the Southern Association of College Women. It was the only branch in the state until 1923 when a Tallahassee group organized a second branch. The two groups were joined by St. Petersburg in 1924, and then followed by Jacksonville, Miami, Gainesville, Pensacola, and Sarasota in 1926, Hollywood in 1927 and Central Florida (now Orlando-Winter Park) in 1928. These branches were the founding branches of AAUW Florida. Over the years the number of branches has varied as has the total membership. Presently we have 39 branches with a total branch membership of approximately 2,000 and there are another 1000 AAUW members living in Florida who are not affiliated with a branch.
THE RESULTS ARE IN!
Congratulations to our new president elect – Patricia Ross!
207 voters said “YES” to the Bylaw changes and vote to amend the State Bylaws!
You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. But what does that mean? Are women paid less because they choose lower-paying jobs? Is it because more women work part time than men do? Or is it because women have more caregiving responsibilities? And what, exactly, does gender bias have to do with paychecks?
Get involved with PAY EQUITY advocacy in Florida!
The gender pay gap is real, and it hurts women and families. Passing a federal law, like the Paycheck Fairness Act or the Fair Pay Act, would help protect everyone in all states. But until that happens, each state will continue operating under antiquated regulations and piecemeal state and local laws to combat unequal pay. While some states do have stronger laws than other states, AAUW members will keep working to make the whole country a better place for women to live and work.
Median earnings for men in Florida were $41,105 compared to $35,604 for women — an earnings ratio of just 87 percent, or 3rd out of all states and the District of Columbia. The gap is worse for women of color and moms. Compared to white men’s wages, in Florida Asian American women are paid 74 percent,1 African American women are paid 61 percent, Native American women are paid 65 percent, and Hispanic and Latina women take home just 59 percent. As efforts stall at the federal level, states can enact legislation to help women and families at the local level.
YOUNG WOMEN IN STEM – TECH TREK CAMP 2017
At the Tech Trek camp the girls are immersed in a world that empowers and encourages them to think about themselves as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer specialists.
Florida Tech Trek 2017
Sue Slone, Tech Trek Florida Camp Director, announced that the 2017 camp will again be held on the Palm Beach State College Boca Raton campus from June 11th – 17th. The girls, their counselors, camp teachers and other camp personnel will reside in one of the dorms on the adjacent campus of Florida Atlantic University. This year 64 girls who will enter the 8th grade in the fall of 207 have been invited to attend the week long camp.
Help the leaders of your branch and others in your state build the skills they need to increase their AAUW impact. Use this step-by-step guide to help you reach out to and plan leadership training for your local branches.
NEW TO LEADERSHIP?
Access the resources you need to be an effective leader and advance AAUW’s mission. Browse AAUW’s nine leadership core skills Get access to Leadership Essentials here!
Is your AAUW branch or Younger Women’s Task Force chapter looking for more ways to strengthen your connection with colleges and universities in your area?
Do you want to help local students develop vital leadership skills?
AAUW’s national campus leadership programs are great tools to help you do just that, and now is the time to get involved!
View AAUW’s calendar of events by visiting the AAUW website at www.aauw.org.