Welcome to the Woodbridge, VA Branch of AAUW!


When: May 13 Noon

Where: Joyce’s house

For those of you new to this tradition, we ask that each member bring either a salad or a dessert to share (with serving utensils, please) and a gift bag/package with an inexpensive item for our raffle/fundraiser for AAUW Foundation. Our phenomenal Science Fair winners and their parents are invited and will bring their projects so you all can see our future’s in good hands! Please invite a guest who might be a potential member to join us- this has been a traditional event for us to welcome new people. It is also the meeting for our branch elections. Please RSVP to both Joyce jeagles2@msn.com and Susan susanmbee@juno.com by Thursday, May 11th evening 

HEALTH MATTERS Matter!  April Program

When: April 18, 7 pm

Where: Rooms 107 A-B, on the first floor of the Development Services Building, adjacent to the McCoart Building (in front of the Potomac Nationals’ baseball team stadium).

This  three part program addresses matters across the lifespan which impact our health and wellness.

First, Dr. Mary Jo Grote, an audiologist will present on hearing health and concerns with damage to our ears and the aging process.

Branch member, Lee, is involved with the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life.” Through her volunteer efforts, she has learned a lot about the status of cancer research, treatment, and the hope for a future which is cancer-free. Lee and an ACS staff person will briefly share information on the “c word” which has undoubtedly affected each one of us. There are opportunities that individuals can also support by volunteering.

Ms. Hope Cooke, an insurance agent with Colonial Penn/Bankers Life, will present give a brief presentation, “For the Life of Your Retirement ®”.

Equal Pay For Women- Not in Prince William County, Virginia

While State and local governments all over the country recognized April 4 as Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s wages catch up to men’s earnings from the year before, this was not the case in Prince William County, Virginia. Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, along with Supervisors Pete Candland (Gainesville District), Vice Chair Jeanine Lawson (Brentsville District), and Ruth Anderson (Occoquan District), blocked the board from approving a proclamation recognizing Equal Pay Day in the county and would have “urged the citizens of Prince William County to recognize the full value of women’s skills and significant contributions to the labor force.” They felt, in part, that any discussion of a gender pay gap was a “political” issue, not fully based in fact.

Voting to approve the proclamation were Supervisors Martin Nohe (Coles District), John Jenkins​(Neabsco District), Maureen Caddigan (Potomac District) and Frank Principi (Woodbridge District) who also sponsored the proclamation. They understand that Pay inequality isn’t just a women’s issue; it is a family issue. Recent research has found that 50 percent of households with children include a mother who is either the sole or primary earner for her family.

You can hear what they had to say at the board meeting about equal pay for women at http://pwcgov.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=23&clip_id=2320, starting at eight minutes into the video.

27th Annual “Girls + Math + Science = SUCCESS!” Conference

Some of the girls and their parent

When: March 18, 2017

Where: Marsteller Middle School, Bristow.

What: Nearly 400 students, parents, teachers and presenters will participate in this event, which encourages girls to Science, technology, Engineering and Math studies.

Our conference will tribute to Sara Anderson, who volunteered at the conference and supported AAUW’s mission.  We will also honor Bettie Stegall, a former TJHSST teacher and SUCCESS! presenter for several years and Melvin Padgett II, who presented on college financial planning.