On November 12, 1975 the Poughkeepsie Branch held a dinner at the Vassar Alumni House to commemorate the International Women's Year and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of our branch. Eight women were honored for outstanding service to the residents of Dutchess County. Since that time, the Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW has selected a local woman to honor as our Woman of the Year. These women exemplify the goals stated in AAUW's mission statement:
The American Association of University Women advances equity
for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
We invite you to nominate candidates for consideration of this honor using the form linked below to print, fill in and mail. Your nomination will be in consideration for two years from the date you submit the form to one of the Woman of the Year Committee Co-Chairs: Margaret Ouart, 26 Broad St, Fishkill, NY 12524 or Mary Lou Davis, 125 Andrews Rd, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Patricia Braatz, a single mother with four children was trained as a teacher. However, with the onset of multiple sclerosis, she could no longer drive, making employment difficult. She moved to this area from Putnam County and settled in Hyde Park. Patricia was active in the local chapter of Parents Without Partners. She was able to coordinate its activities etc. from her home. She was also active in the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Despite being hampered by her illness and other setbacks, she continued to make contributions to her community. When asked to take on a job, she responds "I do it".