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The St. Lawrence County Branch was formed in 1927 - Celebrating 90 years of service in 2017!

We have members from a diverse educational and employment background who work together to fulfill the mission of the American Association of University Women: Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Membership in the St. Lawrence County Branch is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW. In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There are no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

The St. Lawrence County Branch created the first AAUW Branch website in the country!

The AAUW Educational Opportuntities Fund provides funds to advance education, research, and self-development for women and to foster equity and positive societal change.

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination.

AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch, PO Box 909, Potsdam, NY 13676-0909.

Upcoming Events of Note:

March is Women's History Month

March 24: AAUW: Tune In for Our Panel on How to #StandUptoSexism - (Not) All in Your Head: How Women Internalize Sexism at 1 pm - This panel will focus on gendered microaggressions, their psychological impact, and the leadership gap. AAUW’s new #StandUptoSexism campaign has sparked lively conversation on social media, in the news, and in communities. AAUW and NYU Washington, DC, are convening a series of panel conversations now through October 2017 to keep this important dialogue going both online and off. Join us online or in person for this discussion series to learn how to fight gender bias in your thoughts, at your workplace, and through your activism. If you can’t make it in person, join us for a livestream of the event!

March 26: The February showing of the movie “In Defense of Food” was snowed out, so GardenShare and the Potsdam Food Co-op have rescheduled it for at 3 p.m. Admission is free for the film, which will be followed by discussion with local experts. The event will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton. “In Defense of Food” is based on Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

March 28-29-30: 17th annual Professional Clothing Fair Students by AAUW & SUNY Canton - You can drop off your donations of clean, ready-to-hang gently used men’s and women’s professional clothing and accessories from March 25-28 at Dana Hall. Remember there is always a special need for men’s clothing, belts, ties, scarves and other accessories to make that interview outfit standout. Students can “shop” on March 28 from 10 am - 5 pm. The general public is welcome on March 28 from 10 am - 6 pm and on March 30 from 10 am – 5 pm. “Gently used” or new clothing and accessories will be available for free, thanks to the generous donations of many North Country organizations and people.

March 28: In celebration of Women’s History Month, Planned Parenthood of the North Country, Inc., and the St. Lawrence University Democrats are sponsoring a free screening of Connie Cook: A Documentary, a film about visionary, reformer, and legislator, Constance Cook, a Republican Assemblywoman who decriminalized abortion in New York State in 1970 and upon whose work the Roe V Wade decision was based. Two years in the making, the film by Sue Perlgut and Nils Hoover of CloseToHome Productions, tells the story of Connie’s life. The film will be screened at St. Lawrence University, Sullivan Student Center, Winston Room 23 Romoda Drive. Filmmaker Perlgut and staff of Planned Parenthood will hold a “talk back” discussion after the screening. Donations to support Planned Parenthood will be gratefully accepted.

March 29 : Hidden Figures, showing at Clarkson and co-sponsored by AAUW, is a film screening of the movie which chronicles the true story of the African-American women who provided NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the US's first successful space missions. After the film, we are hoping to have a panel discussion with African-American women mathematicians, scientists, and engineers who are Clarkson alumnae.

March 30: The YWLI presents Leading From the Bottom-Up--How to Take A Leadership Role Without the Title at Mama Lucia's, Potsdam, from 5-6 pm; Social Hour with guest speaker Rebekah Grim. RSVP HERE.

April 2-8: Plan to take action during International Anti-Street Harassment Week and help bring local and international attention to the issues.

April 4: Equal Pay Day

April 11: YWLI & AAUW present a Start Smart Salary Negotiation Seminar at Clarkson University Campus in Snell Hall from 5:30 – 9 PM (Food Provided). This seminar is specific to female salary negotiation techniques and strategies. Register HERE

April 12: Sheryl Scales, “How Common Core Got It Right?!: Let’s Explore the Lesser-Known Stories” from 12 noon to 1 pm in SUNY Potsdam’s Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center Balcony, Satterlee Hall. This presentation is part of the SUNY Potsdam Spring 2017 Disciplined Inquiry in Education Seminar Series.

April 13: Diane Wilcox, the Social Security District manager for DO 116, will be speaking in Dr. JoAnn Rogers' "Wealth, Health, Inequality and the Environment" class from 2:30 to 3:35 pm in Room 169 at Snell Hall, Clarkson University. She will talk about how important Social Security is to people’s financial security throughout the lifetime. The public is invited.

April 24: AAUW Branch Board meeting, 4 pm, Location TBA at St. Lawrence University. All members are welcome.

May 17: Women In Engineering Day at SUNY Canton, co-sponsored by AAUW-St. Lawrence County. See what we did last year!

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