Welcome to the AAUW Reston-Herndon Area (VA) Branch

NATIONAL

Gloria L. Blackwell
AAUW CEO

AAUW Statement
“Strongly Condemning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization”

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) strongly condemns the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The decision overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutionally protected right nearly 50 years ago and ignores the will of the American people, 80% of whom support legal abortion.

AAUW believes everyone has the right to make decisions about their own reproductive lives without government interference. Abortion access is vital to women’s ability to control their lives, bodies and futures. Without reproductive freedom, there can be no equity.

Being able to choose whether and when to become a parent improves women’s well-being and fosters economic security—a crucial component of AAUW’s mission. This is particularly important in a country that lacks accessible maternal health care, paid caregiving leave and workplace protections for pregnant workers.

The Court’s decision hurts all of us, but it will do the most harm to low-income people, women of color, immigrants, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people, because these groups already face substantial barriers to accessing reproductive services and health care.

While the Court’s decision is a major setback for all Americans, AAUW remains steadfast in our commitment to protecting reproductive rights, a vital component of gender equity.

–Gloria L. Blackwell, AAUW Chief Executive Officer

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OUR NATIONAL PRIORITY ISSUES and LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university members. Priority issues include:
Removing Bias from Education
Startling inequalities persist in American education. Gender, economics, race and ethnicity should not limit our opportunities.
Fighting for Fair Pay & Economic Equity
It’s time to close the pay gap and for the work world to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion so we can all thrive.
Advancing Women in Leadership.
Women make up more than half of college graduates and half of the labor force.  But we’re still not represented at the upper levels. We need equal representation.

 AAUW WEBINARS:
Social Justice: Be a Changemaker
Social justice is at the core of what AAUW does every day, and we’re committed to helping our members create a more equitable world. Check out our recent webinar, the third in a series from AAUW’s Inclusion & Equity Committee, on becoming a social-justice changemaker. Also be sure to review our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toolkit, which has been updated with plug-and-play tools for affiliates. Check out the  recordings from past National webinars and look for news of upcoming online events HERE.

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AAUW National has recently upgraded the organization’s data system. If you haven’t already done so, please set up your account in the AAUW Community Hub. You’ll need an account to renew your membership, donate and update branch activities. Need help? Visit the “Systems Update” page for instructions on how to log in. If you encounter any issues or have concerns while interacting with the Community Hub, please reach out to connect@aauw.org or join the Office Hours sessions held on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. ET. You can sign up here.

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AAUW of Virginia 2022 Election Results

Results are in!

Thank you to the 237 AAUW of Virginia members who voted in the recent One Member One Vote State Election; that is a voting rate of 24%, which definitely meets the 7% quorum we needed for the election. Each candidate was elected with 98% or more of the vote. The AAUW of Virginia 2022-24 officers for the following positions are:
President – Lane Stone
Vice President for Communications – Dianne Mero
Co-Vice Presidents for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Krysta Jones and Meg Tuccillo
Vice President for Program – Nadine James

Co-Vice Presidents for Public Policy – Janine Greenwood and Denise Murden
Additionally, both the proposed Bylaws Amendment and the proposed 2022-2024 Public Policy Priorities passed with 96% of the vote. Congratulations and thank you to these members!
Sandy Lawrence, Voting and Elections Chair

Congrats to the Reston-Herndon Area Branch which now has 3 elected officers,  Janine Greenwood, Dianne Mero and Nadine James (dual Vienna & R-H branch member), in addition to our branch Co-Administrator Cyndi Shanahan, the College/University Co-chair, as members on the AAUW-VA State Board.

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                               LWV has issued the “2022 Facts For Voters”
“Facts for Voters”, A Directory of Fairfax Area Public Officials and Government Offices, produced by The League of Women Voters® of the Fairfax Area Education Fund, is a compact reference guide which lists elected and appointed government officials, agencies, and services along with their contact information. To learn more and access the document,  “Your Vote Counts” page under “Our Endeavors” (in the ribbon at the top of the page), or follow this GoTV link.

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BRANCH ACTIVITIES – JUNE 2022 HIGHLIGHTS

The 2022 Reston-Herndon Annual Branch Meeting and Luncheon was held outdoors at Café Montmartre, at Lake Anne in Reston, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. On this beautiful spring afternoon, members were able to catch up with friends, vote for the 2022-23 officers, hear State and National updates, and help plan for the year ahead. The food and service were outstanding, the opportunity for in-person fellowship greatly appreciated, the business meeting informative and productive and the newest officers were elected unanimously and warmly welcomed to their new roles. and In addition, our members donated generously to the NOVA CC food pantry. See Recent Activities section of this website for photos of this event. 

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2022-23 Newly Elected Officers
Co-administrator:  Judy Helmich
Membership VP:   Judi Polizzotti
2022-23 Newly Appointed Committee Members
Public Policy: Lynne Chernin and Judy Schretter      DEI: Ilene Banker

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL
THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP!

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Calendar Dates of Note

Herndon History – Hybrid Program/ Live and Zoom
Tuesday Aug 30, 2022, at 2:00 PM

SAVE THE DATE FOR A SPECIAL SEPTEMBER PROGRAM / Zoom
Unconscious Bias presented by the Reston-Herndon DEI Committee with facilitator Patty Hagan
Thursday Sept 29, 2022, at 7:00 PM

Click to CALENDAR section on this website for details!

FOR MORE BRANCH INFORMATION
SEE THE July-Aug ’22 NEWSLETTER 
AND WEBSITE BRANCH CALENDAR


AAUWWORK SMART ONLINE IS HERE!
Learn to negotiate your salary. 

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Why does it matter?
The pay gap has lifelong financial effects that grow over time, from the ability to pay for education and childcare to saving for retirement, impacting women in nearly every profession. The Work Smart program teaches women at every stage of their careers how to negotiate their pay, resulting in improved financial futures for each of them and their families. Share this program with everyone you know.  Just download and print our AAUW WORK SMART flyer  created by the Reston-Herndon Branch to distribute or post in the community.

GOOD NEWS!
AAUW, in partnership with Coca-Cola, exceeded the goal of training 100,000 women to ask for the salary they deserve through Work Smart online or in-person workshops!  During the process, 500 professional organizations, and state and local commissions were engaged. Now the program is being expanded through women.nyc, Starbucks Global, the City of Wichita and many others.Thank you to all AAUW members who participated!

All AAUW members are encouraged to take the course.
Website guests can take the course for free by clicking
WORK SMART ONLINE


RESTON-HERNDON EARNED ALL 5 STARS AGAIN in 2021-22!
AAUW has established the “Five Star Recognition Program” to acknowledge and celebrate the organization’s branches and which foster AAUW’s mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls. For the second year, Reston-Herndon has achieved a star in all five areas. 

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