News and events for April 2016
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Leveling the Playing Field for Women and Girls in Middle Tennessee Since 1913            April 2016
The Murfreesboro branch was well represented at April 9th's AAUW TN State Convention, celebrating the 90th anniversary of AAUW's Tennessee state chapter. During the convention, AAUW-TN President Ayne Cantrell awarded our branch with certificates for outstanding achievement in five categories: increased membership, hosting Start Smart workshops, hosting STEM opportunities for students, mission based programming, and contributing to the AAUW Fund. MTSU student Molly Blankenship was awarded the AAUW-TN scholarship to attend NCCWSL, and Murfreesboro's own Samantha Cantrell was elected to the office of AAUW-TN President! Way to go, Murfreesboro!
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You have opinions on what kind of programming the branch should focus on, and we want to hear them!
TOMORROW, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 represents the date until which the average American woman must work into 2016 to earn what the average man earned in 2015.

AAUW Murfreesboro is pleased to present Equal Pay Day activities as part of the Tuesdays at Ingram program, hosted by the MTSU College of Graduate studies. Join us for these April 12 events to learn more about the pay gap—and how you can help close it!
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
10:00-11:00 a.m.
MTSU Sam Ingram Building Room 101
2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd
Join us for the inside scoop on the gender pay gap. We will share tips on how to talk to your friends and elected officials about equal pay. We will also talk about how voter registration plays a role in closing the pay gap. Don't miss this opportunity to gain the skills you need to “Speak Up” for Equal Pay for Equal Work!
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
4:00-5:30 p.m.
MTSU Sam Ingram Building Room 101
2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd
College students and young professional women need the confidence, knowledge, and skills required to negotiate their salaries. The Start Smart salary negotiation workshop teaches them to do just that!

Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend. 

Equal Pay Day Bake Sale!

The AAUW MTSU student organization will be holding an Equal Pay Day bake sale on Tuesday in the foyer of the Student Union Building from 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. Come by and purchase a sweet treat to benefit our student org. 
Join AAUW for a storm of Twitter activity on Equal Pay Day!

Log into Twitter tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12, at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tweet about Equal Pay. Use the hashtags #EqualPay and #EqualPayDay to add your voice to thousands of others across the nation. Check out @AAUW and @AAUWTN--you can "ReTweet" from AAUW, supporting our message with a single button click!

Click here for a page full of helpful Twitter tips and sample Tweets from AAUW.
AAUW Murfreesboro is pleased to serve as a nominating organization for the Rutherford ATHENA Awards for the third consecutive year. The branch has nominated Nancy James, Public Policy Chair of AAUW Murfreesboro, for this prestigious leadership award. Additionally, the branch has nominated Rachel Forlines, Communications Officer of AAUW Murfreesboro, for the inaugural Rutherford ATHENA Young Professional Award. You can read a brief bio of both our nominees, along with the other outstanding candidates, here.
The ATHENA awardee will be announced at the annual award ceremony.

Thursday, April 28
5:00 p.m.
Stones River Country Club
830 NW Broad St
The branch intends to reserve a table to support our ATHENA nominee, Nancy James.
Tickets for this table will be on a first come first served basis
 Members are responsible for the cost of the ticket. 

Please let us know if you plan to attend.
Send an email to Dia at

Tickets are $50 per seat.
Tickets include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during the reception.
You can purchase your ticket with cash or check at the April 14 branch meeting, or send payment to branch Financial Officer, Jennifer Sexton.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. Join us at the April Branch meeting for this timely panel: “Teaming Up: Coordinated Responses to Sexual Assault in Our Community.”  Invited panelists are Chief Buddy Peaster and Captain Jason Wofford from the MTSU Police Department; Kim Reynolds, a Sexual Assault Counselor and Advocate at the Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Assault Services in Murfreesboro; and Debbie Curtis, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at St. Thomas Rutherford.  Panelists will discuss current and ongoing initiatives to enhance responsiveness to sexual assault on the MTSU campus and in our community. Coordination of services is a key strategy for connecting victims with resources for healing.
Thursday, April 14
5:00-7:00 p.m.
MTSU Ingram Bldg, Room 101

Dinner will be served for a $5 donation for members and guests.
No charge for students.

Donations of cleaning supplies will be collected
for the Rutherford County Domestic Violence Program.
RSVP on Facebook
Don't miss April's big announcements!
At the April branch meeting, we will announce the slate of candidates to fill branch officer positions and distribute a draft of the new branch plan! Both of these items will be voted on during the May branch meeting.
Research alert! AAUW's new report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo. You can read the report, watch videos and more here.

Bias is a hot topic. The Tennessee Economic Council on Women released a report last year entitled The Costs of Gender Bias in Tennessee's Workforce. Read TECW's report here.

Are you biased against women in leadership? You probably think you're free of bias, but the truth may surprise you. Take AAUW's test here to find out where you stand.
A message from National:
Join an AAUW Committee or Task Force

Do you want to take an active part in AAUW?  Do you have experience and expertise in the work of an AAUW committee or task force?
AAUW is looking for enthusiastic and responsible leaders. The work carried out by committees and task forces is the cornerstone of AAUW accomplishments. Active participation in AAUW committees and task forces enables participants to grow as leaders as AAUW advances its mission.
Committee or task force appointment by the national board is for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2016. Members may be re-appointed for another two-year term. Applicants may apply for no more than two committees/task forces. Please click here to read about the opportunities available and apply.  Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 25, 2016.
Save the date for the
May Branch Meeting

Thursday, May 12
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Forest Oaks I Clubhouse
1002 E Northfield Blvd

Come to the May branch meeting where we will celebrate all we have accomplished this year! We will also hold important votes: approving the new branch plan and electing our Financial Officer and Programs VP.
AAUW Murfreesboro Branch
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 | MTSU Sam Ingram Bldg., Room 101 | Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop for college students and young professionals | Presented by the branch as part of the Tuesdays at Ingram program | RSVP here
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: Teaming Up: Coordinated Responses to Sexual Assault in Our Community | 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 | Tickets are $50 | Email to reserve your seat
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
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