MARCH BRANCH MEETING
Women’s Economic Security: Panel on Employment Issues and Pay Equity
Date: March 10, 2016
Location: Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church
Time: 6:30 pm Meet and Greet; 7:00pm Program
Linda Meric is the Executive Director of “9to5” National Association of Working Women, a multi-racial membership organization founded in 1973 to strengthen the ability of low-wage and low-income women to win economic justice through grassroots organizing and policy advocacy on workplace and safety net issues. Linda helped found 9to5 Colorado in 1996 and served as the chapter’s Director until the Fall of 2004 when she became 9to5’s National Executive Director. Under Linda’s leadership, 9to5 has won important victories on issues of work-family, anti-discrimination, wages, good jobs, unemployment, child and health care, public assistance and transit access. Betty Boyd will explain the bills presently in the legislature with AAUW stand on them.
About AAUW Lakewood Branch
AAUW Lakewood is almost as old as the city of Lakewood (currently 142,000 citizens). From the start, members embraced the new branch as they developed into leaders and agents of change. Two members became Mayor of Lakewood, two members became Colorado State Senators, and two became Colorado State Representatives.
Adhering to the AAUW mission (AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.) AAUW Lakewood for 33 years raised money to help support the AAUW Funds by successfully organizing our Holiday Home Fair, which grossed $53,000 in six hours at its peak. The branch continues to raise funds in a variety of ways, including its spring plant sale.
Over the years, we have advocated for women and girls in a variety of ways. We worked hard to help pass Title IX and ratify the CO ERA amendment (unfortunately, the ERA amendment failed national ratification). We have followed relevant bills in the Colorado State legislature and lobbied for causes that support our mission. Some of us have trained to teach $tart $mart sessions to college women so they can negotiate more effectively for fair career salaries.
On an international scope, we hosted African educators in our homes as part of a national AAUW program. Also, for several decades we have hosted a Great Decisions discussion group for members and the public.
We have participated in our community in many ways:
- We continue to provide monthly meals for the Action Center shelter;
- We raise funds for Second Wind of Metro Denver, a teen suicide prevention organization;
- We commissioned public art, a lifesize bronze statue sculpted by a member;
- We have supported Stride, which helps women work toward self sufficiency;
- We supplied the Action Center with its first computer server;
- In the past we have mentored young women in high school.
With help through the nationwide AAUW network, Lakewood Branch focuses on educational equality, intellectual growth, individual worth and development opportunities for women and girls.
To relax, as well as build camaraderie, our members play games, indulge in luscious food, and share their favorite or latest thought-provoking books. In addition, diversions are a one-time opportunity to explore the unknown, learn something new, or be entertained.