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Welcome to AAUW’s New Mexico Online Branch!

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.

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The next branch meeting is April 22, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos, NM.

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Summer Reading Recommendation The Emerald Mile

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.

June 15 AAUW Lobby Day

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.

Women’s Student Debt Crisis in the US May 24 Roll Out

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

Author Online Talk May 2, 2017 at 5:30 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.