2017 National Convention – Washington, D.C.

Save the Date – 2017 National Convention – Washington, D.C.

June 14-17, 2017 – Mark your calendars!

Here are some highlights of the 2015 National Convention

AAUW National Convention in San Diego

San Diego was a place of learning and inspiration for five women from North Dakota who attended the AAUW National Convention, June 18-21, 2015.  From the Jamestown Branch the attendees were Deb Alber, who is also the AAUW ND State President, Mary Craft, Connie Hildebrand, and Lauren Sako.  From the Fargo Branch, Pat Schutt joined the group.

The opening speaker, Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education opened the eyes and ears of over 2000 attendees about the hostile conditions for women in schools from high school to higher education which lessens educational opportunities.  Title IX requires schools to eliminate sexual harassment and discrimination for women and girls.  Boys and girls are both negatively affected by these conditions. The Department of Education requires every school to define sex discrimination, make known procedures for students to file complaints, and appoint a Title IX coordinator.

The 2015 AAUW Achievement Awardee was given to Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College, and the AAUW Alumnae Recognition Awardee chosen was Faith Ringgold, Artist, Educator, and Social Activist. The closing speaker, Juanita Johnson-Bailey, was chosen as the 2015 Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Awardee. She talked about the gender pay gap and challenged us to use barriers as “teachable moments” in our efforts to achieve full equality for all. A quote from Juanita Johnson-Bailey was, “I’m not going to tell you it’s easy.  I don’t want you to feel less-than because you’re struggling.  Everyone struggles.”

Workshops ranged from Tech Savvy, using a Smartphone to stay connect and advocate for change, recruitment of members, women in engineering and computing, engaging volunteers, how a small branch can make big public policy changes, leadership, financial best practices, and learning how to use Facebook and Twitter and more.

Over 1000 educated women and men from all over the nation attended and heard many thought provoking topics.  The new Board of Directors was announced and the requirement for women to have either an associate or college degree remained the same.  It was announced that the 2017 Convention will be in Washington, DC, June 14-17, 2017.  AAUW empowering women since 1881.


L to R: Lauren Sako, Connie Hildebrandt, Mary Craft, Debbie Alber, Pat Schutt

L to R: Lauren Sako, Connie Hildebrandt, Mary Craft, Debbie Alber, Pat Schutt