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President’s Message Travel Club
Marilyn Smith Sunday, January 21st, 3 pm, afternoon tea at Elaine
Our Holiday Brunch was really nice – it was good to Butler’s, 124 Amber Dr. Please bring ideas for future
meet some new members and reconnect with others. travel destinations. RSVP Elaine at 826-3172 or
Delancey’s service was excellent and we all enjoyed Elaine.butler.sf @sbcglobal.net.
it. Have a Happy New Year – looking forward to
November 28, branch members helped our local Thursday, January 25th, 7:30 pm, at Susan
public television station with their pledge night. I had Shwartz’s, 701 Laguna Honda Blvd. We are reading
never been in the studio before, although I’ve seen The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto
many pledge nights and have joined KQED. We were Urrea. Harriet Sollod is the reviewer. New members
given our training and told what to do when the are welcome at any time. RSVP Susan at 661-8038.
phone rings – after answering the first call we
stopped being so nervous. KQED showed our
website address and gave us the spotlight at least International Cuisine
twice during the 2 – hour stretch. Afterwards, KQED Friday, January 26th, 12:30 pm, at Lovejoy’s
reported that we helped raise a grand total of Tearoom, 1351 Church St. Contact Marilyn Leal at
$41,995. Thanks everyone! We’ll do it again soon. 626-4110.
Board Meeting Public Policy
January 10th 6:30 pm, potluck at Marilyn Leal’s, There will not be a meeting in January. Contact
4325 19th Street. All members are invited to attend. Sheila Bost at email@example.com with ideas for
RSVP 626-4110. discussion and guest speakers for next year.
Afternoons with Books “Life is like a game of cards. The hand
January 11 1 pm, at Olga Gregory’s home, 109
Idio St, South San Francisco. We’re reading The
that is dealt you represents determinism;
Emancipator’s Wife by Barbara Hambly is the story the way you play it is free will.”
of Mary Todd Lincoln. Be sure and mark the date on Jawaharlal Nehru, first prime minister of India
your calendar. RSVP Olga at 650) 588-7309.
International Book Group “Always acknowledge a fault. This will
Monday, January 15th 7 pm, at Janice Gonzalves’s throw those in authority off their guard
home, 41 Teresita Blvd. The group is reading Desert and give you an opportunity to commit
Queen by Janet Wallach. It is the biography of
Gertrude Bell, an extraordinary woman adventurer. more.”
RSVP Janice at 759-9760. Mark Twain
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Pictorial History Quick LAF clicks: 2006-
We are looking for pictures of AAUW Learn more about sexual assault on AAUW-
events. Please send any you have with campus: President
captions that describe the event and www.aauw.org/laf/library/assault.cfm Marilyn Z. Smith
the people who are in the photo. We View the full case summary of Doe v. SmithMZ@hotmail.com
Berry College: www.aauw.org/laf/ 415) 543-5307
want to develop a scrapbook for the
web site. Send to: AAUW San cases/doeberry.cfm President Elect
Francisco Branch, P.O. Box 31405, What effect will Chief Justice John Kelly Joseph
San Francisco, CA 94131-0405 Roberts have on Title IX? Kelly.Wysinger@sbcglobal.net
www.aauw.org/newsroom/news/ 415) 821-1737.
05LADailyNews_RobertsOPED.cfm EF VP
Sister 2 Sister Program MLeal@mac.com
Dr. Renee Golanty-Koel 415) 626-4110
Volunteers are needed to work with 7th Legal Advocacy VP
and 8th graders. Skills: Those with Barbara Spencer
some art background; cooking; or who
Claudia Hass January 6th have a desire to teach some topic of
th Membership Co-VPs
Angela C Little January 12 interest. Please look at our web page
Krys Wulf January 14th for topics. Barbara Scheer
Marion Colton January 19th Phone Renee at 415 66l-6276. We 415) 503-0745
Birthday Not Announced? now meet each Tuesday from 3:30 to Julia Kraft
If your birthday is not there and you’d 5:00, and usually leave by 5:15. 415) 563-1111
like to have it included (or corrected) Thanks for supporting Sister 2 Sister Teodora Strackova
in the Avanti, contact one of the Teodora.Strackova@gmail.com
Welcome new San Francisco 415) 307-5013
Membership Co-VPs. Only month and
branch AAUW members!
day are printed. Program VP
Alice Ballard Open
Any 50-Year Members? Sherry Bridygham
Has anyone been an AAUW member Kristen Budde Secretary
for 50 years? Contact one of the Amy Dunn-Ruiz
Linda Chapman Amy.Dunn-Ruiz@
Membership Co-VPs to have AAUW Ruth Conroy morganstanley.com
national and state give you an honor- Sheila Desai
ary life membership. Treasurer
Farnoush Saffarpour marSuter@yahoo.com
Web Manager needed! 415) 665-1185
If you want to welcome any new
If you know HTML or Dreamweaver members, please ask one of our
and would like to help with our web membership Co-VPs to give you their
site – www.aauwsf.org – please contact information. Avanti Articles
contact Marilyn Smith (415) 543-5307 Please remember to
or SmithMZ @hotmail.com. submit Avanti articles by
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2007 AAUW Web Pages A co-worker stole her idea and
SF Board Visit the following links for: attempted to patent it himself. He
news pages www.aauw.org/newsroom could not believe that a woman could
Avanti Editor be able to design such an invention.
www.aauw.org/newsroom/index.cfm; Mattie was finally awarded the patent
Steve.Butler.sf@SBCGlobal.net Actions to take www.aauw.org/ after a protracted lawsuit. People
issue_advocacy/actionpages/index.cfm began to call her the “Lady Edison”.
Public Policy Co-Chairs With a partner, she established the
Sheila Bost Mission in Action www.aauw.org/
firstname.lastname@example.org ebulletin/mission/Sep05/index.cfm Eastern Paper Bag Co. She eventually
415) 664-4985 and two minute activities managed to acquire twenty-two
Michelle Mammini http://capwiz.com/aauw/home. patents for domestic devices, rotary
MMammini@PacBell.net engines, and shoe making machinery.
415) 864-0394 Subscribe to receive AAUW Media
One of her box making machines can
Alerts and Press Releases! Visit
Silver Jubilee Fund Chair be seen in the Smithsonian. Never
Connie Armitage becoming wealthy, Mattie left this
Connie_armitage@yahoo.com The Paper Bag Lady planet with $300 in her bank account
415) 681-2110 Pat Camarena just as the women’s suffrage move-
Sister-to-Sister Program Our Tech Trek applicants will soon be ment was almost a reality.
Renee Golanty-Koel amazing us with their accomplish- Two children’s books about Mattie
RenGol@csus.edu ments again this year as we begin to
415) 661-6276 Knight are available at Amazon.com.
interview them for the summer pro- Mattie’s story can be an inspiration for
Tech Trek gram 2007. The lucky few will spend what can be accomplished with perse-
Elaine Butler a wonderful summer week at a local verance. Mattie took an active stance
Calif. AAUW Leadership & university honing their math and
against restrictive gender roles in an
science skills and getting a glimpse of age when women’s rights were barely
SBCGlobal.net what the future might hold for them as a glimmer on the horizon.
415) 826-3172 young women.
Books: Mattie Knight-Girl Inventor
Web Mistress Mattie Knight would have been a by Brill (2001) and Marvelous Mattie
open great Tech Trek candidate had there by McCully (2006)
been such a program in the 1830s.
Get the Avanti Faster For more information on Mattie
Growing up in New England with two
Knight, try this website: www.mit.
If you’d like to receive the older brothers, she loved to design
Avanti via email or the kites and sleds. .By the age of twelve,
web, please tell one of the in a different time and place, she had BAWSI Ladies Night Out
Membership VPs, so that a begun working in a cotton mill. She Saturday, March 3rd from 4:30pm
printed copy will not be began making sketches for improve- at HP Pavilion – all the fun of a Ladies
sent to you. If you prefer, ments for the loom machinery after Night Out with specialty drinks,
seeing many accidents to workers gourmet snacks, and entertainment,
we can continue to print
when thread shuttles flew off the plus two games of the Pac10
and mail you the Avanti.
looms causing severe injuries. Mattie Women’s Basketball Tournament. Put
devised a safe covered shuttle, which it on your calendar! Tell your friends!
Members: if you change is still in current use. Mattie was a Look for details in the February
your address, kindly notify victim of the gender discrimination of Bonfire or call Jean Reed at 408-297-
Barbara Scheer at 415) 503- the Victorian age. The common square 2691.
0745 BLScheer@SBCGlobal.net bottomed paper bag that we take for
or Julia Kraft at 415) 563- granted today was one of Mattie’s
1111 JuliaKraft@hotmail.com. inventions. However, it took many
years for her to take credit and get any
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Tech Trek our work is not over. She was the only Black full-
Elaine Butler time Women’s studies faculty member hired in the
history of San Diego State University. She more than
It is time to begin working toward 2007camperships. satisfied the requirements for tenure, which she was
The Board asked that we try to send 9 girls again to denied. When she brought suit, San Diego County
Stanford (5) and Mills (4). This means fundraising. Superior Court Judge, Jay Bloom, stated that while
You may make a pledge at any time but the money the evidence may show that Washington’s colleagues
needs to be mailed to Elaine by the last week of did not like her, this was sufficient justification for
February 2007. We have more people who have firing her, since “a personal grudge or resentment can
made donations. Thanks to Sheila Bost and Barbara constitute a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for
Spencer for your support of this wonderful program. an adverse employment decision.” AAUW expressed
Remember anyone can donate for Tech Trek, outrage at the judge’s decision and supported her
individuals, AAUW members, clubs, companies and cause with over a $20,000 contribution. She contin-
grant-making organizations – the list is endless. The ued to encounter other biased legal decisions as her
dates of this year’s camps are: Stanford, July22nd case progressed. Come and hear her story.
through July 28th and Mills, June 25th through July 1. th
Watch for the February AVANTI as the Tech Trek Date/Time: Saturday, January 13 , at 11:30 a.m.
Committee will be meeting and new members are Place: El Cerrito Methodist Church, 6830 Stockton
encouraged to join us.If you have questions or need Avenue, El Cerrito
more information, please contact Elaine Butler at Cost: $16 includes presentation and lunch.
415) 826-3172 or Elaine.email@example.com. Call Winnie Sayre, 510-524-8954 or Jean Niehaus,
Thank you for your help. 510-222-5387, for reservations by January 8.
Reservations can also be secured by checks mailed to
Tech Trek Donation Form the WCC Branch of AAUW, PO Box 501, El Cerrito,
Yes, I’m interested in sponsoring girls to go to Tech CA, 94530, by January 8 . No tickets will be sent.
Trek 2007! I pledge the following amount towards Please check in when you arrive.
sending girls to camp. International Celebration and Silent
$25 $50 $100 $200 $750 (1 girl) Auction
$ ____________ AAUW San Jose Branch invites you to an Auction to
Make checks out to AAUW with Tech Trek in the raise funds for the Virginia Gildersleeve International
memo line. Fund. Virginia Gildersleeve was the President of
Barnard College and the only woman in the U.S.
Name: ____________________________________ delegation that founded the United Nations. The en-
Address: __________________________________ dowment in her honor funds projects that enhance the
_________________________________________ health, nutrition, physical security and economic sta-
bility of women and children in developing countries.
What: Enjoy a delicious international buffet, live in-
ternational entertainment, a silent auction, raffle and
If you need to mail your donation, address it to: door prizes.
When: Saturday, January 27, 11a.m.-2p.m.
124 Amber Dr
San Francisco, CA 94131-1626 Where: John Muir Middle School Cafeteria, 1260
Branham Lane (near Almaden Expressway, San
Legal Advocacy Fund Annual Fundraiser Jose).
Barbara Spencer How: To reserve a ticket, send $8 per person to
Despite the good work that AAUW’s Legal Advo- Diane Trombetta, c/o AAUW, 1165 Minnesota Ave.,
cacy Fund has been doing for the past 25 years to San Jose, CA 95125-3324. Other prices are $10 at the
support sex discrimination litigation in higher educa- door, or $20 for a family ticket. For more information
tion, Dr. Pat Washington’s story will convince us that e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Treat Sister’s Trust Report Andrea Laudate on Dr. Phil
Barbara Spencer Watch Dr. Phil’s TV show on January 4th to see
Our attorney, Elvira Orly, informed me that the court Andrea giving up chocolate. This is the first of three
granted our motion to amend the Treat Sisters Trust shows from the “Diary of a chocoholic.”
to remove the requirement that we have a corporate Silver Jubilee Open for Applications
trustee and to have our branch president serve as
The San Francisco AAUW will offer two
trustee. The Board intends to formulate standing rules
scholarships of $2,000 each to help upper division
for a committee of past presidents to serve as an
and graduate women to complete their final year of
advisory committee to the trustee. We will try to
study in a college or university. Candidates must live
pattern it after the rules governing the Silver Jubilee
or be attending a university or college within a 100-
mile distance of San Francisco. There is no restriction
A Taste of Success Online Application on the use of the funds. Completed applications will
The Association Programs Development Committee be due by February 28, 2007.
is looking for cream-of-the-crop branches and states If you are interested, or have friends or relatives who
to exhibit their innovative theme – or mission-based may benefit from this scholarship, please check the
projects, events or activities at the 2007 AAUW Silver Jubilee information on the AAUW San
National Convention! Applications are due Jan. 8, Francisco Web Site at www.aauwsf.org.
2007 and decisions will be announced on Feb. 20, Connie Armitage
2007. Silver Jubilee Scholarship Chair
This year the process has been simplified and Connie_Armitage@yahoo.com
everything is on-line. For more information and to
complete an application please visit www.aauw.org/
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AAUW is California’s most active and diverse
organization for women offering action for equity,
personal and professional growth, community
leadership and friendship.
In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks
a diverse membership. 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.
American Association of
The year was 1919. Europe had been Educational Foundation Legal Advocacy Fund
ravaged by World War I and radium In 1873, a prominent Boston physician, Founded in 1981, the Legal Advocacy
was far too expensive for a scientist of Dr. E.H. Clarke, wrote a book arguing Fund (LAF) works to achieve equity for
modest means to afford for experi- that too much study would give women women in higher education by recog-
ments. Even one as famous as Madame brain fever and render their children nizing innovative efforts to improve the
Marie Curie. As a result, her ground- sickly, if they were to have them at all. climate for women on campus; by
breaking research had reached a virtual offering assistance to women faculty,
standstill. Then the AAUW came to the The Association of Collegiate Alumnae
staff, and students who have grievances
rescue. Members from Maine to Cali- (AAUW’s chief predecessor) fought
against colleges and universities; and
fornia helped raise an astonishing this contention in 1885 and won, by
by supporting sex discrimination law-
$156,413, enabling Madame Curie to gathering data from its members to
purchase one gram of radium and con- show that they had suffered no ill health
tinue her experiments that helped her from their college and postgraduate The LAF Board only approves support
create the field of nuclear chemistry education. In 1888, the Western Asso- of cases which are currently involved in
and forever change the course of ciation of Collegiate Alumnae (founded litigation, and that have the potential to
science. Madame Curie received the here in San Francisco) made educa- set legal precedent.
Nobel Prize for her work, but was not tional history by establishing the first
The Legal Advocacy Fund’s annual
admitted to the French Academie des graduate fellowship for women (given
Progress in Equity Award recognizes
Sciences until she won an incredible to Vassar graduate Ida Street).
innovative and replicable college and
second Nobel Prize...all because she
California is still the largest contributor, university programs.
was a woman. More than 75 years later,
enabling the Educational Foundation to
there are still only three women
award nearly $3 million in grants to
members. women at the dissertation or doctoral
level, and to those pursuing career-
related or community-based projects.