Monthly e-Newsletter for Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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Now, More than Ever

On November 10, AAUW National shared this powerful Tweet: "If this election has taught us anything, it’s that AAUW values & voices are needed now more than ever."

After this hyperpartisan election year, AAUW’s nonpartisan leadership and research-based advocacy is needed now more than ever.

Join AAUW Murfreesboro as we continue our track record of working with both sides of the aisle in a collaborative and productive way. Imagine the impact of intelligent women advocating for and talking about change with elected officials and in their communities.

How can you get involved? Plan to join us for our upcoming meetings in December and February. Read on to find out more.

Sign up for the AAUW Action Network and become a Two-Minute Activist

Action Network is the cornerstone of AAUW’s e-advocacy efforts. By signing up, you will receive urgent e-mail notices to contact your elected officials on issues important to women and families. Don’t forget to invite three friends or family members to sign up and make a difference today! 
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The 2016 election brought us advances in women's representation in government. Senators-elect Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) made history by becoming the first Thai American, first Latina, and first biracial woman, respectively, to serve in the U.S. Senate. This means that the number of Women of Color serving in the U.S. Senate will quadruple in 2017: from only one, to four. Altogether, 21 women will serve in the U.S. Senate in 2017, more than ever before in our nation's history.

Join us at our Holiday Party!

Come out and celebrate the holiday season with AAUW!
Thursday, December 8
5:30 PM
Milano II
114 E College St in Murfreesboro
No charge at the door; party-goers will be responsible for purchase of their own meals and drinks at this local Italian restaurant.

We will collect donations of gift cards for the Domestic Violence Program. (Walmart, Kroger, and movie theater gift cards are recommended.)

Bring a gift for the Buffalo Raffle! (What's a Buffalo Raffle? How does it work? Click here for more info.)
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20 years of sparking curiosity at Expanding Your Horizons

by Myra Norman | Photos by Kimi Conro

MTSU held its 20th Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference for middle and high school girls on Saturday, October 22, 2016. One hundred seventy-four middle school girls and 79 high school girls attended a day of speakers and hands-on workshops. The keynote speaker was former astronaut Dr. Rhea Seddon, who also spoke at the very first EYH conference.

The girls attended hands-on workshops that were conducted by STEM role models, both from higher education and from industry. The workshop leaders spoke briefly about their careers and what the girls should do to prepare for these careers. The leaders then lead the girls in hands-on activities related to fields such as chemistry, engineering, computer science, biology, and mathematics.
On Friday, October 21, MTSU hosted a 20th anniversary celebration to recognize the partners and supporters of the EYH conference—including AAUW Murfreesboro! Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross, AAUW Murfreesboro branch member, was given spe-
cial recognition for her 20 years of leadership as Director of the MTSU EYH Program. Dr. Myra Norman, STEM Chair for AAUW Murfreesboro, presented Dr. Iriarte-Gross with a quilt made of the EYH T-shirts given to the girls over the last 20 years on behalf of the EYH planning committee.
AAUW Murfreesboro congratulates MTSU EYH for 20 successful years of inspiring girls in STEM fields!
We are pleased to annouce AAUW Murfreesboro's nominee for the 2017 Rutherford ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, Alicja Lanfear! Alicja is an instructor of biology at MTSU as well as the Vice President for Membership of the Murfreesboro Branch. Alicja's talents and passion for encouraging girls in STEM fields makes Alicja an asset to our community.
Plan to come out to the 2017 Rutherford ATHENA Awards ceremony in April to support Alicja and the branch!
Don't forget! We are still accepting nominations for the AAUW of Tennessee scholarship to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. For more information about the conference and how to nominate an outstanding student, click here to visit our website. Nominations will be accepted until January 9, 2017.

Creating Global Change

An Interdisciplinary Conference in Women's and Gender Studies

Plan to join AAUW in attending MTSU's Women's and Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Conference, March 23-25, 2017, as part of MTSU's National Women's History Month programming. A complete conference calendar will be forthcoming.

A call for abstracts is open for presentations on any topic in women's or gender issues. Presentations are welcome from scholars, activists, non-profit professionals, and graduate students in all scholarly fields and disciplines, including the humanities, sciences, social sciences, education, arts, design, business, law, health, and sports. For more information on submitting your abstract, click here.

Mark your calendar now for the February branch meeting

At AAUW Murfreesboro's first meeting after holiday break, we'll discuss important business—including the process to elect our 2017-2018 board of officers—and we need your vote! We'll see you on Thursday, February 9, 5:30 PM at MTSU Ingram Building, Room 101.

Giving thanks

AAUW Murfreesboro is grateful for all that you do to support our mission and make our community a better place for women and girls to work and learn. From the AAUW Murfreesboro board to you and your family, have a happy Thanksgiving holiday.
Copyright © 2016 AAUW Murfreesboro Branch, all rights reserved.

AAUW Murfreesboro
PO Box 330323
Murfreesboro, TN 37133

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