AAUW Northern District of Virginia
Northern District Meeting: Saturday, October 22, 2 p.m., King’s Park Library
“Gender Bias in Politics–Is It Real?” Most of us would say, “Yes,” but you might be surprised at the how and when. It’s a timely subject and also fits with AAUW’s latest research on “Bias and Barriers.” We will feature Melissa Richmond, vice president of Running Start (a non-partisan organization that trains young women to run for office), and Melissa Jackowski, campaign services manager for TargetSmart Communications (which provides data-driven solutions to campaigns) and former AAUW Grassroots Advocacy Manager. Both women have incredible backgrounds in politics and electoral campaigns. Watch for more details in early October and put October 22 on your calendar.
A capacity crowd of 500 middle school girls and parents filled the NOVA-Annandale Ernst Center auditorium on Saturday, March 21 for th eopening of STEMtastics 2015. More than 280 students from 36 schools attended the career day event designed to educate and inspire the students to consider careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Keynote speaker Valerie Bradley, a 2014 Harvard graduate who majored in Statistics, provided advice and inspiration as she described surviving cancer and her motivation to pursue a STEM career. Following opening ceremonies, forty female presenters from across STEM fields ran interactive breakout workshops on twenty-seven careers for the students.
Parents had the opportunity to attend informational workshops on resources, financing options, and supporting their daughters. We know that events such as this can make a difference when parents say, “I wish my daughter had access to resources on a more regular basis regarding women in STEM concentrations and access to mentors!“ and “Ensure the word is spread even if girls are not taking technology-related courses in middle school.”
The event was sponsored by the Fairfax City, McLean Area, Springfield-Annandale, and Vienna Area branches of AAUW, in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools and Systemic Solutions. Kudos to co-chairs Suzanne Mahoney and Judy Page, to Charles Britt, a partner from Systemic Solutions, and to the entire planning committee. Caroline Pickens led the effort to recruit and work with the student workshop presenters. Olga Burns headed up recruitment and assignment of volunteers, and Ann Sharp organized refreshments.
A group of more than 60 AAUW volunteers and spouses ensured the event ran smoothly. A photo gallery from the event is available here.
STEMtastics 2016 will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the NOVA Annandale Campus.
Book & Author Luncheon
AAUW of Fairfax City (VA) Branch is preparing to celerate its 25th anniversary Book & Author scholarship fundraising luncheon. That’s over 125 authors, more than 2,500 books sold, and an average of $2 to $3 thousand scholarship awarded to women returning to college to finish their degrees. What a delight to be entertained by so many authors and at the same benefit so many women. On November 5, 2016, from 11 to 2 p.m., we will again enjoy a fine lunch, browse through our spectacular Silent Auction, and hear from our five outstanding authors. The public is invited to attend this beneficial event.