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Women and Children in Poverty
Saturday, March 12
10:00 am
Grossmont Health Care District Office
9001 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa

Guest speaker: Dr. Peter Brownell, Center for Policy Initiatives

Women make up almost half of the workforce in San Diego and their self-sufficiency is crucial to raising healthy families and creating a prosperous economy. Evidence shows that the stress present in children who live in poverty and/or are in homeless situations affects their developing brain. However, women are overrepresented in jobs that pay poverty wages and lack access to earned sick days. More than a third (35.4%) of households headed by employed women live below the self-sufficiency standard.
AAUW California has joined a network of organizations with the name, A Stronger California Advocates Network. The goal of this network is to provide new policies that will help secure women’s economic improvement in California. Research about the poverty here in the San Diego area, and in parts of El Cajon, will be reported by Dr. Brownell, and present potential policy solutions to the widening income gap and the everpresent gender inequality gap.


ABC, the sponsor of Saturday’s GOP debate in New Hampshire, has announced that Carly Fiorina will not be on stage. ABC is excluding Fiorina from participating in the debate after she received a higher percentage of votes than Governors Chris Christie and John Kasich in Monday’s Iowa Caucus. Fiorina also received the same number of delegates in Iowa as Governors Kasich and Jeb Bush and more delegates than Gov. Christie. Despite this, she is the only candidate being excluded.

In 2012, ABC invited all remaining candidates to participate in the pre-New Hampshire debate, regardless of poll numbers. Now, after defeating former Iowa caucus winners Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, and outperforming Ben Carson in many recent polls, Fiorina is inexcusably being left out of ABC’s debate. Other Republican candidates have pointed out the unfairness, as Sen. Ted Cruz and Ben Carson endorsed the idea of allowing her participation in the upcoming New Hampshire debate.  Follow this link to take action:
Rachel McDonald
Public Policy, VP, AAUW San Diego Branch

Saturday January 23, 2016                11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.                         Bernardo Heights Country Club                       16066 Bernardo Heights Parkway, San Diego 92128

Sex and Human Trafficking in San Diego County

Speakers: Summer Stephan, Chief Deputy District Attorney and Sex Crimes Prosecutor                                                                                                                      Ginger Shaw, Founder and Director of FreeThem Road  

This year the IBC luncheon topic , “Sex and Human Trafficking in San Diego County,” is a  top priority Public Policy issue. You will want to have the critical information being presented at this meeting.                                                                                                                        BE INFORMED and STAY INFORMED,                                                                                               Anita Reit, Chair                                                                                                                                   Public Policy Committee

Informing everyone and monitoring  legislative issues is an important function of AAUW. Our branch provides candidate forums, as well as informative meetings on local school board issues and participates in coalitions for human and civil rights.                                    

Links to websites for additional information:                                                                                    

  1. AAUW California – Bill Status:
  2. AAUW Action Alert asking the U.S. Department of Labor to collect information on wages and benefits earned by employees of federal contractors:
  3. Blog post explaining the not-so-new wage gap number and what we can do about it:
  4. An updated version of  The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap report:
  5. Online graphic with state-by-state data:
  6. List of state/congressional district wage gap breakdowns: