President’s Report Amy Zesbaugh Branch Elections

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Monmouth, Illinois

April 2013
Celebrating 89 Years of AAUW in Monmouth!

President’s Report

Amy Zesbaugh
Branch Elections

At our next meeting, I would like to have a few people volunteer to serve on a nominating committee. We have three positions open beginning July 1. According to our bylaws, “the following officers shall be elected in odd years: president, vice president for membership, and secretary.” We’ll hold elections at our May lunch.

Equal Pay Day

April 9 is Equal Pay Day. The date represents how far into 2013 women must work to earn what men earned in 2012. 2013 is also the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, which President Kennedy signed in 1963, requiring employers to provide women and men with equal pay for equal work. In 1963, women were paid 59 cents for every dollar men were paid. Today, it’s 77 cents. You can read “Fight for Fair Pay” stories on the AAUW website: The AAUW website also features an interesting article written by Beth Pearsall called “50 Years After the Equal Pay Act, Parity Eludes Us.” You can read it here:

AAUW Funds

Since our donation to AAUW Funds was over $500, we were asked if we would like to designate our donation in memory or honor of a person. Treasurer Shirley Daddona suggested the donation be made in memory

of Ruth Pedigo, a long-time member who died last year at age 98. Thanks to Shirley for the idea.

Empowering Women Since 1881

Inside this issue

President’s Report page 1

April Program page 2

Public Policy page 2

Women’s History Essay Contest page 3

Film Group page 3

Book Group page 3

International Affairs page 3

Membership News page 4

Rada News page 4

Ray Bradbury Program Change page 4

Finance News page 4

Mission Statement page 5
AAUW Program April 15, 2013

Joan Larsen

The Life of Mary Ann

Mother” Bickerdyke

Portraying Mary Ann Ball “Mother” Bickerdyke at our April meeting is Pam Johnson. Her presentation will be about the life of this great woman and her significant contributions.
Pam has been a teacher for 33 years, most recently in the Galesburg Christian School. She still is a substitute music teacher there as well as the music leader at the Kensington and Woodridge Assisted Living Centers in Galesburg.
She sings in her church choir and plays the hand-bells.
She loves to tutor children in the low-income projects and teach them bible stories from the Good News Bible Club
She is a member of the DAR and just finished serving seven years as the Regent of the local Rebecca Parke Chapter.
In 2006 she was honored as a Distinguished Leader in the Leadership Greater Galesburg.
Pam is interested in genealogy and gives historical presentations representing various women in history.


Public Policy

Jan DeYoung
Three Reasons the Wage Gap Hurts Women in STEM
An AAUW analysis of 2011 U.S. Census Bureau data shows that in many science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs as in most other fields women continue to be paid less than men. Here are three particularly depressing findings from that analysis.
1. Women who work in high-paying STEM fields still take home less than their male peers.

Earnings are high for both women and men who work as computer and information systems managers. But while median earnings for men in 2011 were just over $98,000, median earnings for women were around $86,000. Likewise, aerospace engineers tend to earn a good living. But while a typical male aerospace engineer took home just over $100,000 in 2011, his female counterpart was paid $83,000.

2. Even at the lower-earning end of the STEM spectrum, the pay gap is just as evident.

Median earnings for male engineering technicians in 2011 were just over $56,000 compared with median earnings of $43,000 for female engineering technicians. Among drafters, typical earnings for men were just over $51,000 while typical earnings for women were just over $45,000.

3. The wage gap may hurt efforts to recruit women into STEM.

It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in STEM fields. In electrical and mechanical engineering, for example, women still make up less than 10 percent of the workforce. When women are absent from these fields, we all lose out because women’s ideas and experiences aren’t contributing to innovation potential. But when women are present in these fields, often they are not compensated at the same level as their male colleagues- a factor that certainly doesn’t help recruit more women to STEM.

There’s plenty we can do to help close the gender pay gap. Join the fight for fair pay in STEM and all fields.

Winners of the AAUW Women’s History Month Essay Contest
The Monmouth Area Branch of AAUW recently held its annual essay contest for sixth graders in Warren County schools. The contest was held in conjunction with National Women’s History Month. Students were asked to select an exceptional woman in history from any career. Each essay focused on a woman’s significant contribution to society and why the contribution was important to the student’s life. First, second and third place winners received an uncirculated Sacagawea coin. There were also three honorable mentions awarded certificates.

The winners of the 2013 AAUW Women’s History Month Essay Contest were given their certificates and coins at the morning assembly today! Many thanks to our two readers, Erika Solberg and Jonalyn Heaton. I let the students know there were so many good essays it was difficult to finalize their decision.

Honorable mention (with their essay subject) was awarded to:

Ashlyn Quinn (Amy Van Dyken)

Murphy Sage (Ruby Bridges)

Opal Scott (Elizabeth Cochran/Nellie Bly)
Places were awarded to:

Third – Zane Tibbetts-Zesbaugh (Marie Curie)

Second – Talia Long (Wilma Rudolph)

First – Tala Tabishat (Mother Teresa)

Film Group

Nancy Buban
The 2012 film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, will be viewed at 7:00 on Monday, April 22 at 207 S. Eighth.

This film was nominated in four Academy Award categories: Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (nine year old Quvenzhane Wallis) and Best Writing (Screenplay based on Material Previously Produced or Published). Critics have called it a “fantastical, emotionally powerful journey and a strong case of filmmaking that values imagination over money.” Set in an isolated bayou community called “The Bathtub”, it is a beautifully told story of survival. Please join us to view the film.

¡Adelante! Book Group

Report at the April meeting.

International Affairs

Donna Sproston
No report this month.


Marilyn Van Ausdall
This month’s program about Mary Ann Bickerdyke would be a great one to bring guests to on the 15th, since it’s at the inviting atmosphere of the Warren County Public Library, not to mention that it’s about a great woman in area local history. The program will begin at 7 PM. Anyone who joins now will have membership in AAUW through June 30, 2014!

Branch member Traci Peterson did a great job moderating our March 19 screening of Miss Representation at Monmouth College Hewes Library. Her senior capstone students led a lively discussion afterwards, too. Thank you, Traci!

On March 1, shortly after 10 AM, you should have received the first electronic version of the Illinois LINK, our state newsletter. If it got buried under other emails, as so often happens with my Inbox, the LINK can be accessed through a button at the top of the homepage. There are also links right there to the joint Illinois/Missouri state convention schedule and registration forms. Specially discounted hotel rates for AAUW convention attendees are available until April 12. So far, Shirley Daddona, Jan DeYoung, and I will be representing our branch, but the more the merrier. My daughter Carissa, an AAUW national member, who enjoyed last year’s state convention with us in Itasca, will be coming along, too.

I love AAUW’s new logo, the first new one in more than 20 years. And if you haven’t checked out recently, the Association has a great new website, too.

Voting in this year's AAUW national election opens online on April 15. All AAUW members are invited to vote on proposed changes to the AAUW Public Policy Program, AAUW Bylaws, and for candidates to the national board. You can link to the AAUW Nation Election Voter Guide from the AAUW home page.

Rada On-Line Ordering Benefits AAUW Funds

Donna Sproston

Our branch earns money on every on-line order with Rada. Go to and use 500207 and aauw to enter the site. New products include non-scratch spoon, slotted spoon, spatula, and soup ladle, all with metal reinforced handles. They sell for $8.25 each.

All Rada products are made in the USA!


Ray Bradbury Program Change

Due to the conflict with Tracey William’s funeral, Jeff Cervantez will now be presenting his one-man show in connection with Ray Bradbury’s short stories on Saturday, April 20, at the Warren Co. Library at 10 AM.

Finance Report

Shirley Daddona
Balance in Checking Account $244.84
Balance in Savings Account $170.28

( Available for next year)

Profit from Rada sales $446.75
*Contribution to AAUW Funds $1400.00

($400 from Rada profit and a $1000.00 individual contribution)

Contribution to LAF $160.00

(Profit from Holiday Brunch)

* Given in Memory of Ruth Pedigo
Mission Statement: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.

Vision Statement: AAUW will be a powerful advocate and visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls.

Value Promise: By joining AAUW, we belong to a

community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

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AAUW Initiative Editor: Sharon Gilbert,

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