Who are these smiling women? Each of them received scholarships from AAUW San Jose last year to help them complete their four-year degrees. In May, 2015 recipients received $30,000 in scholarships. In the fall, seven of our recipients will be at SJSU; two at UC Santa Cruz, two at UC Davis, one finishing at San Francisco State, and one finishing at CAL State East Bay. Their career goals are probation officer, dentist, Spanish teacher, education counselor, economist, occupational therapist, business, non profit management, accountant, biochemist, and a medical doctor. Good luck to them all!
Have you ever looked at the sports section of your paper and wondered if there are any female athletes or athletic events in our area? If one were to rely solely on the newspaper for coverage of women and girls in sports …well … you would miss a lot! When you read an article about an upcoming game, a special female athlete, a girl’s or women’s game won or lost, write to the author of the article and to the editor of the sports section. An AAUW San Jose member recently commended a Mercury News reporter for his coverage of a women’s basketball game. He immediately wrote back and they had an interesting conversation. The member also wrote to the editor of the sports section and, although did not receive a response, she will write again, asking for more coverage or thanking him for well placed and informative articles. Every letter counts and your short email can make a big difference in the coverage of women’s athletic events!
2015-05 BONFIRE California and community advocates, including AAUW-CA, are joining with elected leaders in a call for an agenda that empowers women and brings equality to the state’s workplace. Together advocates are supporting multiple policy actions that: Reduce poverty and build assets; expand access to affordable quality early childhood care and education; ensure fair pay and job opportunities and support working families. Through passage of proposed legislation like the Fair Pay Act SB358, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act of 2015-AB 1354, and the Earn and Learn Bill, California can set the standard for the rest of the country. Why California? It is the 8th largest economy in the world and it is also where 12% of America’s women live. For more information check out Stronger California and the key legislation being proposed in 2015.
Gifts For Teens is thrilled to receive a generous Sharks Foundation Grant benefiting local needy teenagers! Thank you Sharks Foundation, for funding the gift of warm winter shoes to 1350 homeless and low-income San Jose teenagers. What a wonderful appreciated gift – new shoes for all! Gifts for Teens is a community outreach project of AAUW San Jose providing gift bags at holiday time. gifts4teens.org.