Welcome to the Pittsburgh, PA Branch! January 2018


We know you have a busy life and there is lots to do, but we are thrilled that you stopped by to see what we’ve been up to! We look forward to meeting you in person at one of our branch meetings — if you can’t make it, let us know and we will share information so that you and your group will be successful in all of your community work. Our resources stretch from Movers and Shakers within Pittsburgh City, to State contacts in the House and the Senate, and at our National location, we provide assistance with research and factual news.Working with the Women’s Law Project allows us access to the most current information on the issues that we support. We are all about Collaboration and look forward to helping you make good decisions on women’s issues, Title IX,  Gender Bias, Human Trafficking, STEM projects and more.  The AAUW Pittsburgh Branch feels it is so important to work together with other organizations, building relationships to get projects accomplished.

Pennsylvania Republicans’ new congressional map is “just as gerrymandered as the old one
–Washington Post, February 11

Joanne –

Republicans in Pennsylvania have unveiled their newly-proposed congressional maps after the state Supreme Court threw out their old gerrymandered maps – and the result is bad: they’re just as rigged as the old version.

Despite a near split in the state between Democrats and Republicans, Pennsylvania’s previous maps saw 12 of the state’s 18 congressional districts vote for Donald Trump. The new version would deliver the exact same outrageous results.

Worse, with just a month left to go before Pennsylvania’s special election for the 18th congressional district, the proposed map draws the Democratic nominee out of the district entirely – a clear attempt to manipulate an upcoming election to favor Republicans.

These maps make clear that right-wing gerrymandering will continue until WE put a stop to it. Add your name now to join a nationwide coalition demanding an end to right-wing gerrymandering all across the country:

Add my name →

This battle is far from over. This week, Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will review the new maps – and the Court could decide to appoint a special master to draw the lines.

Pennsylvania isn’t the only state where we could see huge moves like this. A challenge to Wisconsin’s state legislative maps is currently in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, and North Carolina’s maps are currently in limbo as legal appeals continue.

Fair maps are the only way our democracy can truly be equal. Don’t let Republicans rig the system – add your name right now.


Event Coming Soon:


Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Location: Magdalen Chapel, La Roche College Campus
Guest Speaker: Paula Reed Ward, Reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Author of the book, Death by Cyanide: The Murder of Dr. Autumn Klein

Schedule of events:
9:30am-10:00: Refreshments
10:00am-10:30: Presentation of Gateway to Equity Award to:
Amanda J. Laichak, Vice President of Education,
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania
10:30am-11:30: Guest Speaker, Paula Reed Ward
11:30am-Noon: Wrap up/Announcements

You’re Invited!

A Conversation on Gender Equity and Activism

with AAUW’s Anne Hedgepeth

The Pittsburgh, North Hills Pittsburgh, and Fox Chapel Area Branches of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) present:

“Girls Just Want to Have Civil Rights: How to be an Advocate & Ally in the Fight for Equity”
A discussion with Anne Hedgepeth, Interim Vice President of Public Policy & Government Relations, AAUW

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 
6:30 – 8:00 pm

La Roche College
Zappala College Center, Room PSC 101
9000 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Women’s rights are at the forefront of a national conversation, from 2017’s Women’s March to today’s #MeToo movement. But to move beyond talk to real policy change, lawmakers must take action – and it’s up to advocates and allies to help move the needle. Hear from AAUW’s top policy adviser Anne Hedgepeth on the most pressing civil rights issues for women and girls and the crucial part YOU play in advancing gender equity.

As Interim Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations, Anne connects with stakeholders and policymakers on AAUW’s policy priorities and directs the organization’s field strategy. She successfully lead AAUW’s advocacy for passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, and the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. A sought-after expert on issues impacting women and girls in education and the workplace, Anne has appeared in The Washington Post, Politico, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, and other outlets.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. Advanced registration is encouraged.

Event Location

La Roche College
Zappala College Center, Room PSC 101
9000 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

To register click:   this link

For further information:  email:  aauwpghPR1@gmail.com

Save the Date:     February 26, 2018 Program 

Gerrymandering, Drawing the Lines, and Fair Districts: How critical it is for the state of Pennsylvania?

Duquesne University

308 Rockwell Hall 6:00 p.m.


Webinar Discussion with Winona LaDuke from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice


Join AAUW and our ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club in commemorating Native American Heritage Month as we talk with Winona LaDuke about her book The Winona LaDuke Chronicles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice.
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Know Your Rights: Workplace Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII is a federal law that prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion, and it applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including federal, state, and local governments. Even with Title VII’s protections, many people across the country still face sexual harassment in their workplaces.
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Frequently Asked Questions about the Gender Pay Gap

Simply put, the gender pay gap is the gap between what women are paid and what men are paid. The most commonly cited gender pay gap statistic in the United States compares the median annual earnings of women who work full time, year-round against the median annual earnings of men who work full time, year-round. There are as many ways to calculate gender pay gaps as there are ways to calculate average pay earned by workers, as long as the original data source records whether workers are men or women. Though the ratio of women’s pay to men’s pay varies depending on the data source and analysis, the finding that women are paid less than men is extremely consistent.

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