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Event Canceled

AAUW SLO Branch Meeting March 21, 2020

Because of our concern for your health and our respect for the recommendations issued by the county, state and federal government to limit large gatherings, the AAUW SLO Branch Board of Directors has regretfully made the decision to cancel the Branch meeting on Saturday, March 21st. Please take care everyone!

Join us for our March meeting honoring Women’s History Month.

When: Saturday, March 21, 2020

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Home of DD Patrick

Light refreshments will be served

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Don’t miss this important and informative presentation!

Please note that this is a change in date from that published in the directory

Women’s History Month in the United States grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa.

Did you know? To coincide with Women’s History Month 2011, the White House issued a 50-year progress report on the status of women in the United States. It found that younger women are now more likely than their male counterparts to hold a college degree and that the number of men and women in the labor force has nearly equalized.

A few years later, the idea had caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.

In honor of this month we will be visited by James Papp, a  local architectural historian and member of the San Luis Obispo Cultural Heritage Committee. He will be offering a presentation entitled

“Badass Women of San Luis Obispo”

In a Wild West dominated by waves of male immigrants fighting for wealth and political domination, women had an outsize role in struggling to make San Luis Obispo a place of culture and social cohesion. These were women to be reckoned with. Frances Margaret Milne, our first public librarian, eulogized as “a God-crowned Queen of Women,” published a novel in her teens. Nellie Hollister, before becoming a leader of society, used to ride her horse into the post office to collect her family’s mail.

 Ramona Pacheco, “queenly in her walk and bearing,” stood up to Captain Frémont to save a man’s life; Frances Milne wrote her poetry against the injustices of capitalism; Susan B. Anthony spoke to a packed house in favor of women’s suffrage in 1896, just before San Luis Obispo county voted in favor of it; and Queenie Warden ran her businesses and launched her run for mayor in 1917.

 The San Luis Obispo branch was organized in 1943 and has been a vital part of the community for over 75 years.

The branch was instrumental in the creation of Mission Plaza and the Art Center of San Luis Obispo.  We also initiated Art Park, a summer arts program for children, and were founding members of the SLO County Women’s Legacy Fund.  We continue to sponsor candidates’ and issue forums.

Today the branch consists of more than 60 women from varied backgrounds who promote the Association’s goals.

Our current community actions include:

    • Tech Trek:  is a math and science camp for middle school girls
    • Adopt-a-Poll: staffing a voting site during elections
    • San Luis Obispo High School Scholarships: our branch raises money to provide scholarships for college-bound high school girls.
    • Scholarship & Loan Committee: was created to assist re-entry students at Cuesta College. The Committee is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
    • Support for the Educational Foundation: Provides fellowships and grants to women for graduate study and community action
    • Support for Legal Advocacy Fund: Provides support for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination in academia and the workplace
    • Friends of the Library/AAUW In-School Reading Program: Volunteers read with children in a classroom setting to provide literacy experiences that encourage, support, and celebrate children’s efforts to learn to read.

Branch meetings are generally held once a month on either Monday evening or Saturday during the day at various locations around town. These monthly programs provide opportunities for members to discuss and learn about critical issues affecting women and the community.  For more details on upcoming programs please see the programs page. All meetings are open to the public. If you would like to talk to a branch representative before attending a meeting, please feel free to contact us.

We also have a variety of special interest groups you may enjoy.  These include two bridge groups, two book clubs, craft group, hiking, and dining out.  Please join us!

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