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February 2021 Newsletter>>

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Poughkeepsie AAUW presents a program for everyone!

Aint I A Woman? (In)Visible Portraits of Black Women

Presented by
Tamara Bond-Williams

February 11, 2021
7PM on Zoom

Join Tamara Bond-Williams, a founding and current member of the Race Unity Circle of Poughkeepsie Steering Committee, as we explore how we can see the (in)visble and remove the veils of implicit and explicit bias that disappears black womanhood. Participants are encouraged, but not required to see the movie, which is streaming on Vimeo: Watch (In)Visible Portraits Online

AAUW Members will be sent an email to register for this program, non-members can register here.


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Questions:  Sandy Lash 845-227-4650 or Marcine Humphrey 845-485-7697

A Long & Winding Road: the Local Path to Women’s Suffrage
on its 100th Anniversary


March 11, 2021

7:00 pm, by Zoom

Presented by:

Bill Jeffway, Executive Director, Dutchess County Historical Society

Melodye Moore, Head of Collections, Trustee, Dutchess County Historical Society


Top: Lucretia Mott, one of the five organizers of the Seneca Falls convention in 1848 was a student and teacher at the Nine Partners Boarding School in what is today Millbrook.  Bottom: Vassar College faculty were not allowed to publicly advocate for women's suffrage until after 1910.  The leader of the Equal Suffrage League who did emerge at that time was Vassar Professor Laura J. Wylie. 

The Local Path to 1920 “Votes for Women” by Bill Jeffway will give you an overview of this journey to voter rights for women.  You will find a link to the article at https://dchsny.org/1920path/


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Votes for Women, Laws for Birds: The Suffragists Who Saved America’s Wildlife

Presented by Michelle Nijhuis

April 8, 2021

7:00 pm

On Zoom


The link to register for the program will be sent to members by email and will be available on our website closer to the date of the presentation.

Michelle Nijhuis, author of the new book Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction, will discuss the key role of suffrage activists in the early conservation movement and how their accomplishments still benefit us today. She will also talk about her own experiences as a science journalist and first-time book author.

A project editor for The Atlantic, Michelle writes about science and the environment for National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine and other publications.  To learn more about her work, visit https://michellenijhuis.com

Beloved Beasts is a vibrant history of the modern conservation movement, told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it. To pre-order signed copies, visit https://www.waucomabookstore.com/michelle-nijhuis-signed-books.  To pre-order regular copies and learn more about the book, visit https://wwnorton.com/books/beloved-beasts

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Questions:  Sandy Lash 845-227-4650 or Marcine Humphrey 845-485-7697



Directions for Entering a Zoom  Meeting

You will find a pictorial and word explanation of how to enter a Zoom meeting.   HERE>>

If you are not familiar with Zoom, there are some good introductory videos and webinars on the Zoom site that will get you started whether you have PC with a camera, a tablet, or a smartphone.  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials


The Vote

PBS Series American  Experience Films

The Vote, a new four-hour, two-part documentary series, tells the dramatic story of the epic — and surprisingly unfamiliar — crusade waged by American women for the right to vote. Focusing primarily on the movement’s militant and momentous final decade, the film charts American women’s determined march to the ballot box, and illuminates the myriad social, political and cultural obstacles that stood in their path. The Vote delves deeply into the animating controversies that divided the nation in the early 20th century –– gender, race, state's rights, and political power –– and offers an absorbing lesson in the delicate, often fractious dynamics of social change.

Part I


Part II


Recent Events

Poughkeepsie Mothers Project: Mothers are Creating the Future of the World


On Jan 14, Kay Bishop, CNM, founder of the Mothers Project and AAUW member, presented a program in which we learned about how the Mothers Project is helping new mothers in Poughkeepsie, heard from two Vassar College interns to the project, and saw a beautiful documentary produced by the interns.  Interesting questions brought the program to a close.

Go to their website, www.pokmothersproject.org, for more information about the work of the Mothers Project.

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Art Work: From Creation to Conservation

Presented by Ellen Rand


December 10, AAUW had a wonderful treat as we learn about the adventure that has been Ellen Rand life in the field of sculpture  restoring and conservation.


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Winning in a Man’s World


On November 12, Renee Weisman presented a program that was attended by more than 100 people.  She gave a brief overview of her many years of work at IBM.  Renee gave many "pearls of wisdom" and left us the five "rules" to follow if you want to be heard by men:  Speak loud enough, get their attention before you start to speak, get to the point, say what you want to say and stop talking when you are done.


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An interview with Renee>>

This event was a part of the 2020 “Big Read” that features the book Lab Girl by Hope Jahren


“CARE” by Deirdre Fishel and Tony Heriza

Presented and moderated by
Julia Solow


On October 8, Poughkeepsie AAUW was treated to a heartwarming film about the paid in-home caregiving.  Julia Solow educated us on the needs of the people working in this field. 

Check back later for contacts and ways you might help Hand-in-Hand reach some of these goals.


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