Women Making a Difference, Individually and Collectively

Advancing gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

Through AAUW San Jose you will be able to

  • Support equity and education for women and girls
  • Advocate for societal change
  • Connect with your community
  • Create new friendships through interest groups

Puppies and Babies: Stories of Resilience Amid a Global Refugee Crisis
May 11
10 am to noon
Edenvale Library Community Room
101 Branham Lane East, San Jose

Come to hear individual stories of people forced to flee from home that will challenge your perspective of what a refugee is. Learn about the political and economic forces that created and sustain a global refugee crisis. This is an opportunity to turn our focus away from the politically-charged tropes on immigration in the U.S. to the very real issue worldwide.

Speaker and Branch member Dr. Tara Sood (pictured above) is a Board Certified Emergency Physician. She attended Medical School at University of Maryland and completed her Emergency Medicine training at NYU/Bellevue Hospital. She has worked with refugees in Bangladesh and Greece, and will share her experiences on building an understanding that displaced persons have the same hopes for their families that we do in our own community and how we can take action toward change.

Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving
May 15
7 pm to 8:30 pm
AAUW San Jose Headquarters
1165 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose

Please join us for an evening of useful information that will let you make the most of your charitable giving under the new tax law. You will hear from experts about your options and learn how to complete the necessary paperwork. Pat Diamond, CPA, owner of a small software company, and former Branch Finance Chair, will kick off the program. Included will be the difference between IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) and Donor Advised Funds and how they can affect the amount of tax.

Erik Hall, a Broker with Fidelity, will discuss the procedures and documents needed to open an IRA QCD or Donor Advised Fund. Leslie Larson and Jean Boyden, members of the Branch’s Financially Fit for Life, will provide information on evaluating charities and determining what percentage of your donation will go to the charity’s clients versus “management overhead.” Kim Guptill, Grants Manager for the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation and Branch member, will be discussing how to wisely use the internet for charitable giving.

New Member Chat and Coffee
May 18
10 am – 12 pm
AAUW San Jose Headquarters
1165 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose

A social event open to all members, with a focus on our newest members (those who have joined within the past year) who would like to check in with the Membership Team to ask questions, offer feedback, share experiences, and would like more or refresher information about all that the Branch has to offer. If you know of prospective members who didn’t make any of our Open Houses this year, invite them to attend this event for a one-on-one debrief about joining. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be provided. Contact membership@aauwsanjose.org for more information.

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration

August, 26, 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, where women took their rightful place in the voting booth. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution establishing the Woman’s Equality 2020 Leadership Council, of which Sharon Bouska from our Branch is a member. The first county-wide task force met November 14, 2018, where over 40 leaders from the community began an introductory session to plan what a centennial celebration would look like. For more about the council and a schedule of upcoming meetings, see the link on the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy website: Woman’s Equality 2020 Leadership Council. You can also check our BONFIRE newsletter for updates from our AAUW San Jose member on the Council, Sharon Bouska.



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