A press release from the Crystal Lake AAUW:
Local Women Visit Washington D.C.
AAUW (American Association of University Women) held their biennial convention in Washington, DC from June 16 until June 19.
Attending from the Crystal Lake Area Branch were Barb Pagano, Carol Heisler, and Marlene Boncosky.
Over 100,000 members and donors are celebrating 130 years of the American Association of University Women and its vision of breaking through barriers for women and girls.
Philanthropic efforts have made AAUW the largest provider of post-graduate scholarships for women in the United States.
At the meeting members attend business sessions, workshops, award presentations, meet authors and network with fellow members. On Friday, June 16th eight hundred participants lobbied their senators and congressional representatives. The three local attendees met with staff at the offices of Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk and Don Manzullo.
Subjects discussed included the importance of Social Security to women who live longer than men and typically earn less during their careers. In addition, Social Security payments are the only income for 30% of unmarried elderly women. Disability and survivor benefits protect millions of women and children.
Members also encouraged the law makers to support the Campus SaVE Act (Sexual Violence Elimination Act) which would require schools to spell out their policies, conduct prevention activities and ensure necessary assistance for victims.
The delegation asked for support for the NWHM (National Women’s History Museum which is a private, non-governmental effort to fund the first major national repository of women’s accomplishments and contributions and would be located on the mall in Washington D.C.
The Crystal Lake Area Branch meets on the first Monday of the month from September to May.