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 … See how AAUW San Jose advocates for Pay Equity … Discover how to negotiate salaries through $tart$mart and how to get elected through Elect-Her … Encourage high school students to attend a “Strong Girls, Strong Women” conference … Explore Interest Groups … Attend Programs that are open to a wide audience …  Watch for Open House events throughout the year … Join and make a difference!


Breaking News ~ Work Smart Comes to San Jose!

Work SmartAAUW San Jose, along with Long Beach and San Diego, has been selected  by National to be a Pilot for the new Work Smart training for women! These interactive workshops teach women how to successfully negotiate their salary and benefit package to help close the gender pay gap. They learn the skills to evaluate, negotiate and articulate their worth with confidence and success.

Funded by a generous gift from the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle, over the next few months, AAUW will provide technical assistance, guidance, and support to launch the pilot city-based initiative in San Jose. Our city will join Boston and the District of Columbia in leading the way towards equal pay.

Help us close the gender pay gap in San Jose and join us September 16 and/or 17!

This is a community based initiative; we need your help! Listed below are three specific areas in which we hope you will provide possible contacts or offer to become a Facilitator (training provided), or assist in the networking for funders, sponsors, collaborators and/or host organizations.

      Our team needs your help to:

  1. Become a Facilitator.
  2. Identify 10-20 potential Sponsors: individuals or companies that can contribute $5,000 or more in sponsorship.
  3. Identify 10-20 potential Seed Funders: individuals or companies that can contribute $500-$5,000 in sponsorship.

Jesse B. Rauch, Senior Program Manager for Smart Start and Work Smart, will be here Friday, September 16, 1:30-3:30, with a member of his training staff to meet with our group and any potential funders/sponsors. Saturday, September 17, from 10am to ~ 1pm, there will be Facilitator training.  Both meetings will take place at Headquarters at 1165 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose.

Any questions, please call or email Janice Robbins at 408-­269-­4620, janicemrobbins@yahoo.com or Geri Madden at 408-­923-­6068, geri.madden6@gmail.com. We thank you for your support and hope to see many of you on one or both days.


My-Vote-150x150E15” is the last day to register for the 2016 General Election, 15 days before the election date. AAUW San Jose members are known to be “good citizens” and turn out to vote in elections. We need to do more – we need to urge and facilitate voting by the young people in our families and extended families!

Last day to register for General Election: October 24, 2016
Election Day: November 8, 2016

Web site for election information, including registration, online or by mail: www.sos.ca.gov.


Third Wednesday Program
PROPOSITIONS FORUMyes-no
October 19, 2016 – 7 – 8:30 pm
Willow Glen Public Library
1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, CA
Free and open to the public

AAUW California has taken positions on five (5) of the seventeen (17) state propositions: 51, 52, 53, 55 and 58. Santa Clara County Measure A will also be discussed. These address issues that relate to AAUW principles, priorities and mission. Be an informed voter and get the information you need in order to make an educated vote.


Quote of the Day

“My vote is my voice … and the voice of all who struggled so that I may have my voice.”
                          Lydia C. Obasi, Vice President of the Nigerian Lawyers Association