We Are: Women in Action!

Gifts for Teens Duffel Bag Assembly

The time is now!  Volunteers are needed from Friday, Dec 8 through Monday, Dec 18.  Our assembly site is at Cambrian Park Plaza on the corner of Union and Camden Avenues, San Jose.  We will work every day but Sunday, plus Wednesday evening, 12/13.  Shifts are 9 am to noon, and 1 pm to 4 pm. Wednesday evening is 6 pm – 9 pm.
To schedule a group, contact cheryl@gifts4teens.org.  Individual volunteers, please contact kathy@gifts4teens.org.

Local Scholarship Holiday Boutique
Saturday, November 11
10 am – 3 pm
AAUW San Jose Headquarters – 1165 Minnesota Avenue

If you haven’t already started your holiday shopping, now’s the time! The event is open to the public, so bring your family and friends. Your purchases will help to provide scholarships to deserving college women; this year we were able to award $50,000 in scholarships, enabling 16 recipients to further their college education at four-year institutions.

Gift items available for purchase will include themed gift baskets, baked goods, cookies-in-a-jar, fun aprons, potholders, table covers, hand-knitted scarves and so much more!  You could win a quilt, wine basket, wreath or comforter by entering the donation drawing.

Do you have items like hand-made scarves, soaps or jewelry that you can donate as basket-fillers? Empty baskets are also appreciated. Please deliver donation items to the Parlor at Headquarters by no later than November 1. For more information, please contact Virginia Beck at (408) 406-0182. With your continued generous support, we can make a difference for even more deserving women next year!

Open House for Prospective Members
Thursday, November 16
7 pm at Headquarters – 1165 Minnesota Avenue

Do you know a woman who would be an asset to AAUW San Jose? Would she enjoy the benefits of membership in our Branch? Invite her to attend our next Open House. We will have members in attendance to describe the CAPs and Interest Groups, and answer any questions about membership. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Anne Andrews of the Membership Team.

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 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: Urge Your Senators to Reject Efforts to Gut Health Care.
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!

Imagine a community with endless possibilities for speaking up for women and girls! Participate in Community Action Projects … Amplify your voice by joining a large, well-organized group of advocates for Pay Equity, for equity in STEM, 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 Smart … Help 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!