Fox Chapel Area Branch of AAUW Presents:

Changing the Want Ads

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Speaker: Patricia Ulbrich, PhD

9:30 AM coffee, 10:00 AM meeting and program

Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Chapel

Patricia Ulbrich, PhD, Chatham College, Project Director of In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh©, will present her documentary entitled, “Changing the Want Ads.” It presents how NOW members successfully petitioned the Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission to add the word “sex” to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance banning discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. It was signed into law on July 8, 1969 and last year was the law’s 50th anniversary. The twist is that The Pittsburgh Press continued to publish sex-segregated want ads despite the change in the law. NOW members filed a complaint that The Press was engaging in employment discrimination. Three years later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled The Press’ practice of sex-segregated want ads violated the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance. This precedent setting ruling meant that newspapers across the country could no longer publish sex-segregated want ads! “Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” Margaret Mead.

Dr. Patricia Ulbrich, PhD, has spent the over 20 years creating an oral history and multimedia project representing the extensive network of feminist individuals and organizations that flourished in southwest Pennsylvania during the latter half of the 20th century.  The videos combine excerpts from oral history interviews, archival footage and photos to document successful efforts by grass roots activists, in Pittsburgh, to break down barriers to equality for women and girls.  The oral histories and transcripts, in digital format, will be donated to the University of Pittsburgh Library Archive Center when the project is finished and will be accessible to scholars, teachers and individuals in regional and national history.  Dr. Ulbrich’s presentation will include a viewing of the documentary, a discussion of her work and time for Q and A. 


Young Women’s Recognition Night

Tuesday, March 3, 7-9 PM

Fox Chapel Area High School- Large Group Instruction Room

Come to our seventh biennial Young Women’s Recognition Night (YWRN) to recognize Dorseyville Middle School girls nominated by their teachers for interest and potential in the study of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) and encourage them to continue in these fields.

We hope all the branch members will join the parents, teachers, school administrators, and school board members to hear the Keynote Speaker talk about encouraging girls is STEM fields.  Students will have round table discussions with five women STEM professionals during the keynote address.  A dessert reception follows.


AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Branch meetings feature speakers of interest on a variety of topics and are held the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.  All meetings begin at 9:30 AM unless otherwise noted in the schedule.

Board meetings are open to all members and are held on the first Tuesday of each month (except for holidays) October through June and the last Tuesday of August, at 9:30 AM.

AAUW, founded in 1881, is open to all graduates who hold an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified college or university.  Those enrolled in an associate or a bachelor degree program can join AAUW as Student Affiliate Members.  There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.  Membership is not by invitation.  Annual dues are $80.  Student Affiliate dues are $25.  All members receive Outlook, Keystoner, and branch publications.

The purpose of this branch shall be to unite graduates of accredited educational institutions in order to promote equity, education, intellectual growth, individual worth, and development of opportunities for women and girls.

Individuals eligible to be admitted to membership are those holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate, or higher degree from a qualified educational institution, a degree from a foreign institution recognized by the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), or a foreign degree acceptable as a basis for admission by graduate schools at qualified universities of the United States. Membership is NOT by invitation.

Our branch fundraising efforts support:

  • Annual Chatham Women Ready-to-Lead Award as a career launching grant for graduating seniors who are in financial need and are about to begin their careers or further graduate studies in the areas of science, math, engineering or technology
  • Biennial Young Women’s Recognition Night to honor young women from Dorseyville Middle School in the Fox Chapel Area School District who show promise in the study of math or science to encourage them to continue in these studies.
  • Biennial STEM-CAN (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Careers Achievement Night) to honor and encourage Young women from Fox Chapel Area High School who show promise in the STEM fields of study and potential for careers in them.
  • Annual Friend of Equity Award recognizes a person or group who show by action and philosophy the equity for girls and women
  • On the national level, support of AAUW Educational and Legal Advocacy Funds

AAUW National Educational Funds are supported by the branch and is one of the major focus of our fundraising activities in addition to our local awards and grants.  On the national level grants are available to enable AAUW members to take courses for career advancement at any level and to aid women scholars to complete doctoral and post-doctoral work.  Funds are also available for pioneering research projects and publications on girls and education, community action projects, and fellowships and grants for outstanding women around the globe.  Support is given for a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace.

Interest Groups are open to all branch members.  Guests are welcome to attend up to two sessions. Meeting topics, times, and locations are provided in the monthly newsletters.
Arts & EntertainmentMembers organize outings to include cultural events such as ballet and theatre productions, tours and visits to area sites of interest.  Excursions often include an option for lunch.
Book Group – Members meet at 9:30 AM on the 4th Tuesday of each month to review and discuss a book selected in advance.
Bridge – Members meet on the 1st Friday of each month at 9:30 am. Beginners welcome.
Golf Club – Meets every other Wednesday, spring through fall, weather permitting at a variety of public courses.  All levels welcome.
Out-To-Lunch-Bunch – Members meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month to explore new restaurants and dining adventures in the area.
Pinochle Players- Members usually meet Mondays
Women-In-Stitches – Members meet on the last Thursday of the month to socialize while completing needlework and craft projects or to learn a new needlework skill.

Students actively pursuing associate or baccalaureate degrees may become Student Affiliates entitled to attend Branch Meetings and Interest and Study Groups.  They are not eligible to hold office or vote.

Fox Chapel Area Branch of AAUW is partners with the Chatham College for Women student affiliate of AAUW.  Our branch awards the annual Chatham Women Read-to-Lead Award as a career launching grant for graduating seniors who are in financial need and are about to begin their careers or further graduate studies in the areas of science, math, engineering or technology.

7 Responses to “Home”

  1. Bobby Egelston said

    Hi Nancy,

    I used the www and got right to the website. I will list that on the directory, because I think it is what most people are familiar with. If I leave it off, we may get questions about the accuracy.


  2. E Cook said

    Nancy, this is a great site !!

  3. Alexandra Kusic said


    I am interested in the AAUW program in Fox Chapel and would like more information.
    Thank you,

    Alexandra Kusi
    5470 Fair Oaks Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217

  4. Alexandra Kusic said

    I am interested in the AAUW in Fox Chapel

    • aauwfca said

      Our Branch of AAUW and its activities are described fully on the website. Our next Branch Meeting is an evening event on March 13 at 7-9 PM, Young Women’s Recognition Night, at which we will recognize and honor Dorseyville Middle School girls recommended by their teachers for potential and interest in the study of math or science. There will be a keynote speaker on “Why So Few Women? in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” and guest women panelists currently in STEM fields. All are welcome to attend, as with all of our Branch Meetings which are held the second Tuesday of the Month at 9:30 AM at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Chapel.

    • aauwfca said

      I will email our March newsletter when it is completed later this week.

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