The New Mexico Online Branch is a virtual community with members from Albuquerque, Corrales, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Espanola, Taos, Raton, Las Vegas, Las Cruces, and Carlsbad.
The new branch was officially recognized November 18, 2009. The New Mexico Online Branch (NM8028) brings the total number of active AAUW New Mexico branches to ten.
Contact any of the officers to become a member of the New Mexico Online Branch. Association dues are $49 ($46 are tax deductible). NM dues are $18.
The next branch meeting is April 22, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos, NM.
August 26 marks the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote. One battle we are still waging is for women in education. AAUW estimates that due to disproportionate student loan burden and a longer debt repayment period, women currently hold almost 2/3 of student debt in the U.S.
Kevin Fedarko’s 2013 book about the speed attempt, The Emerald Mile, took a Grand Canyon campfire story and made it into a classic of adventure literature, weaving together the stories of early Grand Canyon exploration (including the Powell expeditions), the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, the history of river guiding in the Canyon, and Grua’s biography into a rich narrative. The book won a 2013 National Outdoor Book Award, made the New York Times Bestseller List in September 2014, and has put Fedarko in a role of defending the Grand Canyon as a sacred place. We chatted with him about the book, his career as a boatman, and the Grand Canyon.
Last week, over 700 AAUW members had the opportunity to storm Capitol Hill for the 2017 AAUW Lobby Day. Participants told their senators and representatives to protect and strengthen Title IX and advocated for ways to lower student debt, which disproportionately impacts women. From Alaska to Arkansas, California to Connecticut, and Nebraska to New York, AAUW members were pumped and ready to take the fight for gender equity directly to Congress.
Those who weren’t in Washington, D.C. weighed in from home.
Our branch member Julia Brown is running for AAUW President! So vote for her and bylaws changes before June 15, 2017! Check your e-mail for quick link to vote.
Student loan debt is now a $1.3-trillion problem burdening 44 million borrowers. Experts are talking about the effects of student debt on the economy, but they aren’t talking about its disproportionate effects on women.
AAUW takes a close look at that oversight in the new research report Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans. Women’s success in postsecondary education is shrinking the gender pay gap and opening up opportunities, but at what price? Women not only take on more student debt than men do, but women also pay back their loans more slowly because of the gender pay gap.
While higher education is seen as a path to financial stability, taking on student debt is a gamble, and it’s a bigger risk for some women: Low-income students, students with dependent children, and students who drop out of college are all at higher risk of defaulting on student loans. AAUW advocates for grants, programs, and resources that can keep college accessible for those who have the most to gain.
Live Stream Event 12:00 – 1:30 pm MDT
Join author Patricia Park, 2013-2014 AAUW American Fellow, as she discusses her first novel Re Jane: A Novel.
For Jane Re, a half-Korean, half-American orphan, the place she’s wanted to escape her whole life is Flushing, Queens. The novel “grapples with real issues of identity, race, and culture from global and historical perspectives.” Register at www.aauw.org.
Register to view Live Stream Panel: How to be a Feminist in the Workplace, Friday, April 14 from 11 am – 12:30 pm at www.aauw.org
Did you miss the first panel March 24? The archived Women and Internalized Sexism is archived and ready for viewing.
Use #EqualPayDay to speak out against the pay gap. The typical woman working full time year-round in the US is paid just 80 cents for every dollar a man is paid. The pay gap begins one year after college graduation. Follow @AAUW and @AAUWPolicy and use #EqualPayDay.
Join the National Adelante Book Club Discussion Group to hear the author of Sisters in Law, Linda Hirshman speak about her dual biography of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the nation’s first female supreme court justices. Register at www.aauw.org
Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize = Equality
Program and Speakers–noon to 1:00 pm
Visits with Legislators, networking and information tabling–10:00 am to 3:00 pm
NM State Capitol Rotunda, Santa Fe