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The Branch,
Poughkeepsie AAUW

December 2020 Newsletter>>

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Membership Booklet 2020-21>>


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Events & News

Join Poughkeepsie AAUW for this delightful December program!!

Art Work: From Creation to Conservation

Presented by Ellen Rand

Rand Atelier, LLC & Monumenta Art Conservation & Finishing, LLC


December 10, 2020

7 pm on Zoom


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

Join us to learn more about a Poughkeepsie AAUW sponsored program.

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

Presented by
Kay Bishop, CNM

Founder of the Mothers Project and AAUW member

Jan 14, 2021

7:00 pm on Zoom

AAUW Members will be sent an email to register for this program, non-members can register at this location after Dec 15th.

Hear about how the Mothers Project is helping new mothers in Poughkeepsie, and join a panel discussion on the best advice to give to new mothers!

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

More information on the program>>

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

Diversity & Inclusion

Poughkeepsie AAUW is currently re-establishing our committee on Diversity & Inclusion.  Gwen Higgins will be the chair of this group and will have many upcoming activities.  The webpage is currently under review and is available HERE>>


Anti-racist Starter Kit
The Black Experience Reading List

Poughkeepsie AAUW and Gwen Higgins would like to share with you some references in light of the current Social Justice movements. 




Click on the "raised hands" for reading list>>


Zoom Events

Click on the graphic above for a list of the Zoom events!


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


Women Need More Power

Hillary Clinton remembers the Bejing conference on Women in 1995 and then moves on to talk about where we are today. 

The Atlantic, October 2020>>


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


AAUW Connections #1, #2,

#3, #4, #5, #6, #7>>

Suggestions of Food, Help and Entertainment
during this difficult time.


Recent Events

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.


More information on the program>>

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.


More information>>

2020 Annual Meeting & Election

June 4 at 7pm

Elections were held, officers installed, robust discussion of suggested bylaw changes - 2 passed, one tabled, members honored for service and longevity, new board introduced, president's pin awarded and congratulations and thank-you to new and leaving board members - ALL ON ZOOM!  More information>>

Poughkeepsie AAUW
Year 2019-20 in Review

President's Report 2019-20>>

Diane Jablonski

Reports from other board members>>





The events of 2019-2020>>

Taken from the pages of our newsletter The Branch

Déjà vu

History Repeats itself


More pictures and interesting facts>>



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

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. 

This program was canceled due to caution concerning the coronavirus.  Please read Mr Jeffway's article for information on the topic.

More Information>>

The following link will lead you to an article by Bill Jeffway will give you an overview of this journey to voter rights for women. 

The Local Path to 1920 “Votes for Women” by Bill Jeffway>>



Equal Pay Day Get-together

Poughkeepsie held its first online meeting on March 31.  Members who participated were very pleased.  More such meetings are in the planning stage.  Connect Diane Jablonski with suggestions and interests.

Additional Information>>

Equal Pay Day is the date when women's earnings match those of men from the prior year.  Once again AAUW and the Women's Professional Network worked with the Dutchess County Legislature to declare March 31, 2020 as Equal Pay Day. The proclamation was declared on March 9, 2020.  Full text here>>

Woman of the Year 2019

Hon. Joan S. Posner


Dutchess County
Family Court Judge

Acting Supreme
Court Justice

October 27, 2019, an afternoon of celebration for an outstanding woman!

Complete Biography>>




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