Thursday, February 02, 2017
Today I'm grateful for AAUW aauw.org
, my great group of women friends. AAUW is an advocacy group for women and girls. Right now I'm involved in planning for a lego group for girls called "Girl Powered Engineering Using Lego" that we're partnering with Microsoft and PlayWell TEKnologies play-well.org
to put on. It will be a whole afternoon of creating motorized lego creatures, just for girls.
Growing up in New York City I went to an all girls Jr High/High School that helped us excel in Science and Math. It set the stage for me to get into engineering where I can make a great salary and do exciting things. When I started here back in the 80's I was a lone female in a sea of men. We do much better now but my school experience gave me the confidence that I needed to succeed. I don't know how I would have fared if I had to compete with boys as a pre-teen. AAUW helps to further things like that.
My branch of AAUW sends dozens of girls to Stanford University Science Camp every year, raises money for legal advocacy for Pay Equity cases to close the salary gap between men and women and for rape cases, and other legal cases that plague women. We have book groups that read books about amazing women and by women authors. AAUW has lots of other social infrastructure. I have a lot of fun with my friends from AAUW.