Fox Chapel Area Branch of AAUW Presents:
AAUW Public Policy Forum *
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 10:00 AM on Zoom
Program begins at 10:30 AM
Speakers: State Senator Lindsey Williams, District 38
State Representative Sara Innamorato, District 21
Allegheny County Council Member Anita Prizio, District 3
AAUW-PA’s Public Policy Goals are to educate citizens about the impact of public policies on women and girls and to advocate for policies that will advance equity for women and girls. Due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, women in particular have suffered serious financial losses and children have missed many basic educational offerings, including school meals. Government intervention to tackle these issues is critical now. Changes in public policies occur through passage of legislation and resolutions by government bodies at the local, state, and national levels. At this Public Policy Forum we will have the opportunity to inform the speakers, who are elected officials in our area, about our Public Policy Priorities and advocate for them to support legislation to address them; and our guest speakers can explain their positions and plans for action during the current 2020-2021 session.
State Senator Lindsey Williams graduated from Duquesne University School of Law. Before being elected to the state Senate in 2018, she worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. Sen. Lindsey Williams is Minority Chair of the Education Committee, and she is a Member of the Labor & Industry Committee, as well as the Urban Affairs & Housing, Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness, and Game and Fisheries Committees in the State Senate.
State Representative Sara Innamorato is a graduate of North Hills High School and the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She was elected to the State House in 2018. Representative Sara Innamorato is a Member of the Labor & Industry Committee, as well as the Urban Affairs, Finance, and Transportation Committees in the State House.
Allegheny County Council Member Anita Prizio is a business owner who received both her MBA and J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. As a court-appointed special advocate, she has used her law degree to fight for the interests of children in family court. She is a lifelong native of O’Hara Township; and prior to being elected to the Allegheny County Council in 2017 she served on O’Hara Council from 1998 through 2006 and represented the township in the North Hills Council of Governments. Anita Prizio is a member of the following Standing Committees of Allegheny Council: Education, Government Reform, Health & Human Services, Economic Development & Housing; and Parks.
*Audience members can submit questions for the speakers via the Zoom Chat function. For the Zoom link, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOX CHAPEL AREA BRANCH OF AAUW
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. Currently we are meeting via Zoom due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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.
FOX CHAPEL AREA EDUCATION FUND
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 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. Currently Book Group and Women in Stitches are meeting via Zoom. Golf Club meets when weather is appropriate.
Arts & Entertainment – Members 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.