Welcome to the Tri-Cities (WA) Branch of AAUW!

Join-brochure-coverWelcome to the Tri-Cities Branch of AAUW.  We are located in southeastern Washington state at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia River and include the cities of Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland.

We are an amazing and diverse group of like-minded women who promote and support the mission of AAUW — to improve the lives of women, the lives of their families and the communities in which they live.

We support programs focused on enriching the lives of young girls and young women. We actively raise money for Education Foundation fellowships for American and International graduate women, for the Legal Advocacy Fund (helping women university faculty who are suing to redress gender discrimination), and for scholarships at local colleges.

Our AAUW group provides many opportunities for networking and developing friendships as well as supporting national and international goals for the  advancement of women.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

We had an outstanding AAUW Equal Pay Day event at WSU Tri Cities on April 10th. Our new member, Danette Keegan, and AAUW Tri Cities Persident Judy Blair handed out large Costco cookies to the women and small Chips Ahoy cookies to the men to represent a reversal of the average 20% pay gap between men and women across the country. The folks at WSU have welcomed AAUW’s presence on their campus for the past two years. All present greatly enjoyed interacting with students, faculty, and administrators. We plan on going to the WSU campus again next year ease and urge you to join us next year for Equal Pay Day when we attempt to close the pay gap by educating the next generation.

April 21 11:30 Branch Meeting at the Clover Island Inn
April 27-29 AAUW State Convention in Spokane
May 8 Lunch and a Movie Group
May 19 11:30 AAUW May Branch Meeting at the Fiesta Mexican Restaurant
Program: AAUW 101 by State President Judy Prince
Installation of branch officers
June 12 Lunch and a Movie Group
June 16 End of year luncheon at Sterling’s Restaurant on Queensgate In Richland

1. The Gender Pay Gap by State

Every U.S. state has a gender pay gap, and some are wider than others. See how your state’s gender pay gap stacks up.Share this inforEPD-state-map-shareablemation with state and federal legislators as a call to action for stronger laws and use it to educate folks in your community about the gender pay gap.

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Image Caption and ALT Text: EPD state map shareable.

Interactive infographic: To embed on your own websites, visit https://infogram.com/1p5e3k03y7nqnxup79dwm7edvyh3ywz27q9 and click the share button for appropriate code.

State Resources: A state press release, a graphic for embedding on your site and sharing on social media, and a road map to equal pay legislation in your state are available at https://www.aauw.org/resource/gender-pay-gap-by-state-and-congressional-district/.

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2. It’s Negotiable: Salary Skill Builder

The gender pay gap is real and has far-reaching consequences for women’s economic security. Get the pay you deserve. AAUW’s new online, interactive will help you articulate your value in your next negotiation.

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Image Caption and ALT text: AAUW salary skills builder interactive tool. Click to start a short online lesson.
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3. How to make the wage gap an injustice of the past

Kim Churches

Kim Churches

Lawmakers, employers and workers all have a role in the fight for fair pay. And there are tangible, practical solutions all can take to achieve pay equity.

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Image Caption and ALT text: Kimberly Chuches, AAUW Chief Executive Officer

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4. How to Celebrate Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. It’s also a powerful occasion to raise awareness about and organize action around the gender pay gap in your community.


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Image Caption and ALT Text: AAUW Equal Pay Action Ideas

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5. Take Action to Close the Gender Pay Gap on Equal Pay Day

EqualPayDayontheHillTuesday, April 10, marks Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. The typical woman working full time, year-round in the United States is paid just 80 cents for every dollar a man is paid, which means she has to work until April 10, 2018, to be paid as much as the typical man took home by December 31, 2017. Sound fair to you?

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Image Caption and ALT text: AAUW staff and interns rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for equal pay on Equal Pay Day (2017).

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