Changing the Climate for Women and Girls: Local Women Rising

Imagine a community with endless possibilities for speaking up for women and girls! Participate in Community Action Projects – Financially Fit for Life, Gifts for Teens, Local Scholarship, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Tech Trek … Amplify your voice by joining a large, well-organized group of advocates for Pay Equity, for equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and for election of more women to public office … Protect access to reproductive health including reproductive choice, and help achieve safety on school campuses Discover how to negotiate salaries through Start Smart and Work SmartHelp organize the Strong Women Leadership Conference and empower local college women … Explore Interest Groups  Attend inspiring and educational Programs …  Enjoy Open House events and New Member Socials throughout the year … Join and make a difference!

Past Local Scholarship Recipients

Special Program for Local Scholarship
September 16, 10 am – noon
Willow Glen Library Community Room

As a special thank you to everyone who helped make 2017 another banner year for Local Scholarship and all 16 of this year’s scholarship recipients, please plan to attend the Special Branch Program on Saturday, September 16. This event is to thank you, our donors, and to share the success, and for anyone who would like to know more about the Local Scholarship Community Action Project. Come learn about the history of Local Scholarship, meet this and previous years’ scholarship recipients, and hear how your donations make a difference in the lives of these worthy young women.


AAUW CA has a critical governance issue that must be addressed through an “every member” vote. It is important that every member of AAUW CA cast a vote in favor of changing the non- profit status from Mutual Benefit to Public Benefit.

On September 10, 2017, the polls opened for AAUW California members to vote on a change to AAUW CA’s  status from a Mutual Benefit to a Public Benefit entity.  The vote will be taken online through Survey Monkey and all members with email will receive an electronic notice of the vote and voting directions.  Those members for whom they do not have an email address will receive a postcard, prior to the opening of the polls, with instructions on how to vote by phone or online. Members will have until October 1, 2017 to cast their votes electronically or by phone. See AAUW-CA website for more information.

AAUW San Jose Fall Event
for Members and Guests

Saturday, October 14
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
First Congregational Church of San Jose – Fellowship Hall
1980 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose (corner of Leigh and Hamilton)

Please join us for one of the most anticipated events of the year! Come catch up with friends and see what the Board has planned for the upcoming year. Easy parking on site! Registration and tables open at 9:30 am. for Interest Group and Community Action Project viewing and sign-ups. A continental breakfast buffet will be available starting at 9:30 am, with breakfast items made by members, as well as coffee, tea and water. Program begins at 10 am: meet your new Board, Local Scholarship recipients, Tech Trek participants, hear a Public Policy update from Peg Carlson-Bowen, and we’ll honor 50 year members. 2017-2018 Handbook/directories will be available to pick up.

Membership is looking for breakfast/brunch type finger foods. Please email if you can provide a breakfast treat.

Taking Action on Public Policy

Please join us in taking action! It’s easy and rewarding!!
There are many ways to make your voice heard: postcards, phone calls, emails, online petitions, social media and on and on.

  • Actions are simple and can be as short as a single sentence. Whatever method you choose, know that your opinion will be a tallied and used as data to support or oppose.
  • The difficulty may be in deciding just what topic to address and what to say.
  • This is where the Public Policy Committee hopes to help. We’ll be sending periodic alerts on current topics with suggested actions.

Here’s your first action.
Send a message to Urge Your Senators to Reject Efforts to Gut Health Care. Click Act Now.

AAUW believes that everyone deserves high-quality, affordable, and accessible health care. A repeal of the Affordable Care Act would eradicate years of progress in expanding health care access for women, including increasing out-of-pocket costs, causing premiums to skyrocket, eliminating coverage for Essential Health Benefits like maternity care, and gutting Medicaid.

Or, call (202) 224-3121 to reach your senators.

The message is simple:
My name is NAME and I am calling from CITY, STATE. As your constituent, I urge you to reject the American Health Care Act and any other effort that reduces access or does not provide the same level and quality of health care coverage for women and families.

Go ahead. It feels good to take action!

A Woman You Should Know

Frances Kathleen Oldham Kelsey (July 24, 1914 – August 7, 2015) was a Canadian pharmacologist and physician. As a reviewer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, she refused to authorize thalidomide for market because she had concerns about the drug’s safety. Her concerns proved to be justified when it was shown that thalidomide caused serious birth defects. Kelsey’s career intersected with the passage of laws strengthening FDA oversight of pharmaceuticals. Kelsey was the second woman to be awarded the President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service by President John F. Kennedy. (synopsis from Wikipedia). Read more about Dr. Kelsey in a very interesting Smithsonian Magazine article here.