University Woman Texas
Volume 71 l Issue 3 l December 2019
In This Issue

Look for Elections Letter in January 2020
SHARE Grants
Convening Information
Hotel Reservations
MAP Awards
Outstanding Member
Outstanding New Member
Sister Suffragists
Branch Recognition Video
Five Star National Recognition Program
Equal Pay Days
2020 National Convening
Notify AAUW Texas of Branch Status Change
Tyler Branch American Fellowship
Congratulations Northeast Tarrant County
10 Empowering Women's Groups
Texas Freedom Network/Texas Education Agency
AAUW Texas Goals
AAUW Texas Board
SHARE Grants

Congratulations to the branches receiving SHARE Project Grants :

  1. San Antonio/Texas A&M University – International Women’s Day Conference at TAMU
  2. Tyler – Equi-Tea to celebrate 19th Amendment and Black History Month
  3. Hill Country – Trafficking Awareness Campaign
  4. Plano/Collin County – Collin College Outreach

Congratulations to the West Harris County Branch receiving a SHARE Work Smart/Start Smart Grant .
Texas Freedom Network
Apply for Texas Education Agency Working Groups

Texas Freedom Network is encouraging people to apply for a Texas Education Agency (TEA) health curriculum working group. These working groups are incredibly important in the sex education curriculum revision, as it is where most of the fine-grain work is done. TFN wants to make sure that qualified people are serving on the working groups.

The form contains all of the relevant information.

IMPORTANT: If your branch is considering a status change - name change, merger, or unfortunately dissolution - please contact your District Representative, for assistance with the AAUW Texas procedures for the status change.
Equal Pay Days

The Legislature will not be meeting in 2020, so AAUW Texas is going to visit the home offices of legislators on all the Equal Pay Days, to inform them about pay equity. Watch for more information in future issues of this newsletter about the specific dates, and talking points you can take with you to the local offices. We will be visiting in early March for Asian Women's Equal Pay Day, on March 31, 2020 for general Equal Pay Day, in April for White Women's Equal Pay Day, in June for Moms' Equal Pay Day, in August for Black Women's Equal Pay Day, in September for Native Women's Equal Pay Day, and in November for Latina Women's Equal Pay Day. In addition to helping fight the cause of equal pay, this project qualifies for both the MAP Award and the 5 Star Recognition Program.

Congratulations to
Northeast Tarrant County
on their
50th Anniversary

Mayors from Hurst, Euless and Bedford honoring the Northeast Tarrant County Branch
2020 National Convening Series

During 2020, look for the following from national:

Online webinars featuring national staff and special guests on important mission-driven topics. The first two webinars are scheduled for January 28 and April 14. The first webinar will preview AAUW’s plans for 2020, including election priorities for the presidential election and AAUW’s plans to recognize the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. In 2020, AAUW will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19 th Amendment and the 55 th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by launching “Every Voice. Every Vote.” This initiative focuses on the importance of ensuring that every voice is heard and every vote is counted. AAUW, in keeping with its mission and vision to advance equity, is committed to recognizing the efforts and progression of voting rights for women over the past century – including the fact that when the 19th Amendment came to life in the USA, not all women earned the right to vote. It took another 45 years, until the Voting Rights Act of 1965, for women of color to have voting rights.

The second piece of the series is called “Your Story. Our Legacy.” and will ask a series of questions to our AAUW members on their life experiences and work with AAUW to contribute to the AAUW archives.
In January 2020, you will receive a letter from AAUW Texas with information about voting for the AAUW Texas Board.

Please make sure your contact information is updated with national, because AAUW Texas uses the national database. If you need assistance, ask your Branch Finance Officer/Treasurer.
April 17-18, 2020

To celebrate the anniversary of 100 years of women’s suffrage
and recognize the fight for equality remains ongoing.
Promoting Your Branch

This spring, every branch has two opportunities to share all the good things you are doing in your communities in the name of AAUW. On the state level, use the MAP award to tell us your story and earn recognition at our April convening. On the national level, apply for the 5 Star Recognition Program. If 5 stars seems intimidating, at least apply for the stars you CAN earn. AAUW Texas branches are already doing these things – let’s recognize what we do.

Some of the criteria is the same for both awards – win/win!! And some AAUW Texas State stars are dependent on what the branches are doing – so we need to know.

M of the MAP award can be obtained by retaining 90% of your members – this is the same for Criterion 2 of the 5 Star program. On the state level, we must also retain 90% of our branch members.

A of the MAP award requires a branch to plan ONE mission based program. Criterion 1 of the 5 Star requires 3-5 such programs. On the state level, 90% of our branches must meet the 3-5 programs benchmark.

P of the MAP award is earned by a $5 per member donation to the Tyler Branch American Fellowship fund #4268. For Criterion 2 of the 5 Star program a branch must donate $30 per member to the AAUW Greatest Needs Fund. On the state level, 75% of our branches must be doing this.

MAP information is sent to Brenda Moss at and 5 Star information is filled in online at, and stars will be awarded as achieved.

Gloria Long
AAUW Texas Membership VP
Outstanding Member and Outstanding New Member

In every branch there is always that special member whose work makes the branch run smoother – who always says “yes” when asked – who you just couldn’t imagine your branch functioning without. This is the member your branch should nominate for the state  Outstanding Member  award, to be given at our April convening in Pflugerville. You may also nominate that member who has only been with your branch 3 or fewer years, but has already made her mark, for the  Outstanding New Member  award.

To make a nomination for either – or both – of these awards, please submit a narrative (1000 words or less) describing the accomplishments of the member and why she should be named Outstanding Member or the Outstanding New Member. Submissions are due March 1, 2020.

Start thinking about who your branch will nominate and send your nominations to Gloria Long at .

Gloria Long
AAUW Texas Membership VP
Our Sister Suffragists fought long and hard to win the right to vote for women. Celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage by
becoming a Sister Suffragist.

Donate $100 to AAUW Greatest Needs Fund #9110 between now and the April 2020 Convening and you will be honored as a Sister Suffragist.
Marriott Courtyard
$129 per night
Deadline for reservations: March 27, 2020
Branch Recognition Video

Given the new format for our state convening in April, we will not have space for our branches to table. Instead, we are requesting that each branch send us 5 pictures of activities your branch has done, and we will create a slide show that showcases all the things our branches are doing. So, get busy with your cameras and send your 5 favorite pictures by March 1, 2020, to Malinda Gaul at . Be sure to identify your branch so that we can give you proper recognition.

Do not forget to work towards the MAP Award: Membership/Advocacy/Philanthropy.

1. Membership:   The branch can achieve a M for membership by increasing membership by 5% OR having a retention rate of 90% OR recruiting three new members.
2. Advocacy:  The branch can achieve an A for advocacy by planning one mission-based program or event.
3. Philanthropy:  The branch can achieve a P for philanthropy by donating $5 for each member to the Tyler Branch American Fellowship #4268.
Help Complete Another Fellowship

AAUW is one of the world’s oldest leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded more than $115 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to 13,000 women and projects from more than 145 countries since 1888. AAUW Texas members and the state Board of Directors recently completed the Ann Richards American Fellowship, leaving only one unendowed fellowship from the state.

On its 75 th anniversary, the Tyler branch began a $100,000 American fellowship. With only a few years left to complete the endowment, the branch is asking for help. Members who would like to help Tyler complete their named endowment may make online donations to Fund #4268 or send checks in any amount made payable to AAUW with Fund #4268 on the memo line to:

Tyler Funds Chair Jackie Littleton
818 Ashford Court
Tyler, Texas 75703.

American Fellowships are awarded to help with dissertation completion, research leave from accredited universities, and preparation of research for publication. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence, quality and originality of project design, and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.
AAUW fellowship funding helps women manage the growing burden of student debt, an issue that disproportionately affects women. Unique to AAUW’s program, funding may also be used to pay for expenses outside of those traditionally associated with academic study, including child care and transportation — necessities that can help recipients’ continue, return to, and successfully complete graduate programs. AAUW prides itself on providing fellowships and grants for women returning to either extend or complete their academic goals.
Newest Board Member:
Lynn Hagan, Branch Services/College University
AAUW Texas Board Meeting at
Convening Hotel in Pflugerville

Education & Training – Addressing the barriers and implicit biases that hinder advancement of women.
Goal A: Train 1000 Texas women using WorkSmart or StartSmart curriculum by 2020.
Goal B: Establish recurring program activities that support the AAUW mission.
Goal C: Every branch applies for the MAP award.

Economic Security – Ensuring livelihoods for women.
Goal A: Every branch engages in a pay equity activity annually.
Goal B: Provide written or oral testimony on state legislation related to women’s economic security.

Leadership – Closing the gender gap in leadership opportunities.
Goal A: Create a Lobby Corp.
Goal B: Identify organizations that train women to be appointed to governing and advisory boards.

Governance & Sustainability – Ensuring the strength, relevance, and viability of AAUW well into the future.
Goal A: Enhance communication between AAUW Texas and all members in Texas.
Goal B: Build the pipeline of future leaders to sustain the organization.
L to R: Lucy Barrington, Ann Berasley, Susan Roehrig, Ginny Phoenix, Jean Dodds, Marina Rivers, Malinda Gaul, Melodia Gutierrez, Pam Wolfe, Crystal Garcia, Gloria Long, Brenda Moss, Dixie Christian, Barbara Cager
Elected Officers             
Malinda Gaul
Melodia Gutierrez
Gloria Long
Jean Dodds
Pam Wolfe
Susan Roehrig

Elected District Representatives
Brenda Moss
Marina Rivers
Barbara Cager
Dixie Christian
Lucy Barrington

Standing Committees
Ann Berasley
Crystal Garcia
Lynn Hagan

Communications Team
Ginny Phoenix
Janani Janakiraman

Program VP
Membership VP
Finance Officer

South District
Central District
North District
North District
West District

Public Policy
Branch Services Officer/College University Rep