Winter 2015 AAUW NSAB eNewsletter

New State Co-President

Things are happening at AAUW-MA. From November 2015-June 2016, Liz Fragola, former state president, 2010-2012, will join Margaret Chalupowski as co-president. Margaret will concentrate her efforts on the state conference scheduled for May 7, 2016 and Liz will focus on the day to day operations of the state organization and the annual meeting to take place in conjunction with the conference.  Liz and Margaret are excited to be working together to re-invigorate our state organization.

New Administrative Assistant

Been missing the BayStater?? We are thrilled to announce that Tia Roy, our former NCCWSL Scholarship recipient, has accepted the position of Administrative Assistant for AAUW-MA.  As you may know, Tia is currently a graduate student in a master's of higher education program at University of Connecticut.  She will officially come on board in January.  Tia is a very talented young women with a true dedication to the mission of AUUW. We know she will ensure the branch presidents and members will stay informed of what is happening at AAUW on both the state and national levels.  Welcome, Tia!

Annual Conference and Meeting

Mark your calendars for the State Conference and Annual Meeting.

Women's Financial Security: A Public Health Issue

Saturday May 7, 2016

8:30 AM - 5:15 PM Meeting

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Reception

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Snyder Auditorium

Our Annual Meeting will begin at 9:00 (Continental Breakfast begins at 8:30) followed by a dynamic keynote address, plenary sessions and break-out workshops.  Details will follow, but plan to be there!

Note from Liz & Yvette

We just want you all to know how proud we are of our branch and the leadership roles so many of our members have taken.  Our NCCWSL scholarship recipients are the best; just look what Laura and Tia are doing!  Susanna Martinez, this year's recipient, will join us at our brunch on the 13th to tell us about her amazing experience at NCCWSL.  All this is possible because of the generous donations of our branch members!  NCCWSL is truly the gift that keeps on giving.  The mission of AAUW is moving forward to the next generation of young women. How great that we can be part of it!  Empowering Women Since 1881...and beyond! 

Note:  If you are unable to attend the brunch, we hope you will consider sending a donation to our NCCWSL fund.  We suggest a $35 donation per branch member, but welcome donations of any amount. Send your check made out to AAUW NSAB, to : Mary Ann Walsh, 27 Catherine Drive, Peabody, MA 01960.

Thank you!

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

Liz & Yvette

Happy Holiday Season

See you at Liz's

The Annual Holiday Brunch & Fundraiser

at Liz Fragola's Home

13 Phillips Ave, Rockport

December 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Suggested $35 Donation to NCCWLS for branch members

Bringing food for the Potlock? Sign up Here.

Please RSVP by Wednesday Dec 9th to Liz at

Yvette Represented AAUW on Latina Equal Pay Day

On October 8th, the State House hosted a Latina Equal Pay Day. Yvette Villa-Barry, co-president of the NSAB was asked to speak at the event. She represented AAUW with aplomb. The speech she gave that day follows:

Today is Latina Equal Pay Day because we would have had to work from Jan 1, 2014 to Oct 8, 2015 in order to make what a white man made in all of 2014. WE ARE LAST. After Asian, white, black, and Native American women. Latinas make $.54 cents to the dollar compared to a white man in the US!

I'm currently a co-president for the north shore of AAUW and our mission is Advancing Equality for Women and Girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. I also have a full time job in affordable housing finance here in Boston but I volunteer with AAUW because there are too many barriers women face in the U.S., especially Latinas. So thank you for coming out showing your support today.

AAUW recently came out with a report titled "The Simple Truth about the Gender Wage Gap." I brought with me several copies if you would like to take one home. This is based off Federal agencies statistics such as the Census Bureau, the Department of Educations, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most reports on national workforce participation, pay, and pay differences depend on the Current Population Survey (CPS) the country's primary source of labor force statistics.

Here's what I find appalling: The pay gap affects women from all backgrounds, at all ages, and of all levels of educational achievement! Data shows us that regardless of having an advanced degree, Latinas make less than all other women with advanced degrees in the same field. Latinas from the US with advanced degrees make less than other women with an advanced degree in the same industries. This is not only a low-icome issue or a lack of education! This applies to all women. This applies to you.

More and more Latinas are the sole bread winners for their families with children and elderly relatives. My mother for example, immigrated from El Salvador with a degree in teaching but when she arrived in the US she worked as a nanny and housekeeper. She learned the language, got married, and years later retired from Los Angeles County. But she raised us on her own. Many Latinas today are the sole bread winners and struggle to get affordable or reliable childcare in order to work. We need equal pay now!

What you can do:

  • Attend a city of Boston equal pay training - announced last week.  Together with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor's Ofice of Women's Advancement, AAUW will bring salary negotiations workships, "Work Smart," to half of the working women in Boston over the next five years. With more than 85,000 Boston women expected to be trained in salary negotiation by 2020, Boston will become a model for the rest of the nation.
  • If you live outside of Boston, AAUW offers Start Smart or Work Smart salary negotiation workshops where they offer tips like do not give current salary information.
  • You can also pressure employers for transparency in salary information, identify starting salaries on job ads, and to not retaliate against employees who discuss wages.
We need pay equality. We need this for our sisters, mothers, wives, daughters.

Thank you for having me.

North Shore Mover and Shaker, Becky Hallowell

NSAB's own Becky Hallowell is doing amazing work with The Women's Fund of Essex County and was part of the North Shore Magazine's recent article Spread the Wealth.    As Becky states in the article only 8% of philanthropy is directed to women and girls while the US has one of the lowest rates of women's health and economic security among developed countries.  Congratulations, Becky on the great work you are doing and on the great coverage of your efforts. Read the full article on page 116 of their electronic version. 

91% of College and Universities Campuses Report No Rape Incidents during 2014.  Why this is NOT a GOOD Thing

AAUW's article on the newly required Clery Act's reporting at first glance looks like the issue of campus sexual assaults is highly exaggerated.  Unfortunately, the amazingly low reporting compared to the 1 in 5 women who experience sexual assault in her lifetime calls for more scrutiny.  Read the full article here.

2014 NCCWSL Scholar, Lauren McCarthy, co-founds Campus Kitchen at Merrimack

Seems like NSAB is doing a good job selecting NCCWSL Scholars.  Lauren McCarthy who we sponsored in 2014 is a true leader and activist.  She and classmate, Amy Byrne, both in Merrimack College's class of 2016 have founded Campus Kitchen.  The seed of the idea was planted at NCCWSL. Campus Kitchen is a national program.  The Merrimack location will support Merrimack Valley's fight against hunger by recapturing prepared but not served food.  Nationally the program has recaptured 4 million pounds of food.  Read the story of Lauren's planning to get the Merrimack location up and running.  It's great to see our scholarship money truly being paid forward.   Don't forget, our Holiday Brunch is a fundraiser to spark more Lauren's in the North Shore to help our community.