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Leveling the Playing Field for Women and Girls in Middle Tennessee Since 1913      February 2016
Got tickets?

There's still time to purchase your tickets here to Songs for Scholarships, an evening of music by singer/songwriter Don Henry. Proceeds benefit the Ruth Houston Memorial Scholarship Fund of AAUW Murfreesboro. We'll see you there Thursday night!


Advance Rutherford has launched!

Advance Rutherford is a shared table of programs and organizations serving women and girls in Rutherford County. Its goal is to foster, promote and support growth opportunities in education, at work, and in the community.

Advance Rutherford grew from an objective in AAUW Murfreesboro's 2014 Strategic Plan. AAUW Murfreesboro is excited to be an anchor organization in making Advance Rutherford happen, and we look forward to collaborating with all of our Advance Rutherford partners moving forward!

Advance Murfreesboro 2016 Officers
President  Kristen Swann
President-Elect  Kacy Pendergrass
Financial Officer  Stephanie Kusch

"Founding Mothers" Member Organizations
AAUW Murfreesboro Branch
Domestic Violence Program, Inc.
June Anderson Women's and Nontraditional Student Center, MTSU
June S. Anderson Foundation
MTSU President's Commission on the Status of Women
Rutherford Cable
Rutherford County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
Rutherford County Democratic Women
Women in STEM (WISTEM) Center, MTSU
Women of Faith, Rutherford County
Women's and Gender Studies, MTSU

March 16, 2016
Breakfast and Orientation at 7:30 a.m. CST
511 Union St
27th Floor
Nashville, TN 37219

Mark your calendars for the Business and Professional Women of Tennessee's annual Women's Day on the Hill. AAUW-TN is proud to cosponsor this event.

Join AAUW Murfreesboro in visiting with state legislators, learning about bills on the table this legislative session, and networking with women's organizations across the state.

Watch your inbox; registration details are forthcoming.

AAUW-TN Annual State Convention
April 8-9, 2016 in Nashville

Join AAUW Murfreesboro, AAUW Nashville, and branches across the state at the annual AAUW of Tennessee convention. This year, the convention is happening right up the road from us in Nashville. Let's see AAUW Murfreesboro well-represented at this year's convention, titled Examining Equity in Education and Employment.

Click here to download and print your registration form. The deadline for registration is March 9. The deadline to reserve a room at the Best Western Brentwood with AAUW block pricing is March 2.

Dinner & Board Meeting
Friday, April 8
6:30 p.m.
Blackstone Brewery
1918 West End Ave in Nashville
All AAUW members are welcome to attend the board meeting.

AAUW-TN State Convention
Saturday, April 9
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Scaritt-Bennett Center
1008 9th Ave S in Nashville

Branch members from across the state say "hi" from the 2015 AAUW-TN convention.
Dear AAUW members,
According to the report The Status of Women in TN, released last year by the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, Tennessee ranks 38th nationally in women’s political participation. Why are our numbers so low? One reason is that a low percentage of women in our state get out to vote.
2016 is a presidential election year, and AAUW branches across the state have much to gain from supporting voter registration efforts. Our branches can be a resource for “women to women” voter turnout. Talk to your friends, neighbors and communities—get them to the polls in support of equity for women and girls in Tennessee!
Please join us for a brief “webinar” on Voter Registration tips and best practices. Peggy Swann of the Murfreesboro Branch will host this online workshop to help your branch “Get Out the Vote” on Monday, February 29, at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST. Click here to register for the webinar.
Yours in Voter Outreach,
Dia Cirillo, AAUW-TN Public Policy Chair
Rachel Forlines, Assistant to Public Policy Chair

The branch is pleased to announce that we have nominated Nathaly Campo for the AAUW of Tennessee Scholarship to attend the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). This two-day conference will take place at the University of Maryland, giving college women workshops and guidance on how to map their futures. Nathaly currently studies the Anthropology of Religion at MTSU and is aiming to pursue a PhD in the subject. She works in the archaeology lab and was recently appointed the Religious Studies tutor, an honor that is only given to one student. If awarded by AAUW-TN, Nathaly will have the registration fee covered. The branch has committed travel funds for Nathaly.

What matters to the branch?

This month we have seen two new initiatives go live: Songs for Scholarships and Advance Rutherford (AR). Two years ago during the branch’s first strategic planning session, members prioritized these initiatives, in addition to others, specifying a need for a new fundraising event to replace the book sale and the need for a women’s council in the county. These initiatives have taken off thanks to the leadership of branch members, Laura Bartel and Peggy Paulson on Songs and Ayne Cantrell on AR, along with the contributions of many other branch members.

On March 20, the board and some branch members will convene at MTSU to identify the branch priorities for the next two years. If you would like to participate in the planning session, please contact Dia Cirillo, president, at

Keep an eye on the branch Facebook page and on your inbox! We will be asking for member input through surveys and focus groups over the next few weeks. And as always, if you have ideas or feedback, please share them with Dia Cirillo.
AAUW Murfreesboro Branch

18   SONGS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS  | Thursday, February 18 @ 6:30 PM PM The Miller Club inside TN Miller Coliseum, 304B W Thompson Ln | Branch fundraiser: an evening of music and silent auction | Tickets $35, purchase at
16   WOMEN'S DAY ON THE HILL | Wednesay, March 16 @ 7:30 AM 511 Union St, 27th Floor, in Nashville | Annual Policy and Action Day on the Hill hosted by Business and Professional Women of Tennessee and sponsored by AAUW-TN | Registration details forthcoming
20   STRATEGIC PLANNING | Sunday, March 20 @ 12:30-4:00 PM MTSU Room TBA | Branch meets to draft 2016-2018 Strategic Plan | Branch members encouraged to attend and participate | Please RSVP by email,
24   MID-TN EQUAL PAY FORUM | Thursday, March 24 @ 6:00-7:30 PM The MT Center at MTSU Sam Ingram Bldg. | AAUW-Murfreesboro and AAUW-Nashville cohost a moderated panel entitled Equal Dime for Equal Time: Building a Strong Economic Foundation for Tennessee Families | Reception to follow the panel
8   AAUW-TN STATE CONVENTION: DINNER AND BOARD MEETING | Friday, April 8 @ 6:00-9:00 PM Blackstone Brewery, 1918 West End Ave in Nashville | All Members Welcome
9   AAUW-TN STATE CONVENTION | Friday, April 8 @ 6:00-9:00 PM Scaritt-Bennett Center, 1008 9th Ave S in Nashville | Examining Equity in Education and Employment | Registration deadline is March 9 | Download and print registration form here:
12   EQUAL PAY DAY PROGRAM | Tuesday, April 12 @ 10:00 AM MTSU Sam Ingram Bldg., Room 101 | Speak Up! A Training on Talking About and Closing the Pay Gap | Presented by the branch as part of the Tuesdays at Ingram program
12   $TART $MART | Tuesday, April 12 @ 4:00 PM | Sam Ingram Bldg., Room 101 | $tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop for college students and young professionals | Presented by the branch as part of the Tuesdays at Ingram program
14   BRANCH MEETING | Thursday, April 14 @ 5:00-7:00 PM MTSU Sam Ingram Bldg., Room 101 | Dinner ($5), program, and business meeting | Guests welcome! | Program: What You Need to Know About Title IX | Donations: Cleaning supplies for the Domestic Violence Shelter
28   ATHENA AWARDS | Thursday, April 28 @ 5:00 PM Stones River Country Club, 1830 NW Broad St | Ticket details forthcoming
12   BRANCH MEETING | Thursday, May 12 @ 5:00-7:00 PM Forest Oaks I Clubhouse, 1002 E Northfield Blvd | Potluck dinner, buffalo raffle, and business meeting | Guests welcome! | Donations: Trash bags for the Domestic Violence Shelter
TBD   $TART $MART | Time and Date TBA Location TBA | Branch hosts salary negotiation workshop for college students and young professionals
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