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Annual Meeting/Luncheon coming up on April 13

LPD-AAUW Branch Annual Meeting and Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 13, 11:30 AM, at the Zephyr Restaurant in Livermore, 1736 First Street.  The agenda includes selecting officers for 2019/20.  Guest speaker Andrea Morgan will talk about “Hot Sport of Air Pollution.”

Luncheon choices include Asian Chicken Salad, Cobb Salad, or Steak Salad.  Send a check for $35 payable to LPD AAUW to Maria Kennedy with menu choice by April 9.

Equal Pay Day is April 2

Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.  It was begun by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.

April 2, 2019 is this year’s Equal Pay Day.  Please join our AAUW branch members on April 2 11:00AM-1:00PM outside the Las Positas College cafeteria (Livermore) to participate!  We will hand out mini-candy bars with postcard information about Work Smart (AAUW’s free online salary negotiation workshop) to female students.  Click here for information about our AAUW Livermore-Pleasanton-Dublin Local Scholarship Foundation Application.  Please contact 925-548-4333 if you can help on Equal Pay Day or in other ways!

In 2016, the most recent data available, the median pay gap between women and men was:
80% Nationally
88% California
77% California’s 15th Congressional District

Equal Pay affects more than just your weekly or monthly paycheck. It impacts the amount of pension, 401K contributions and the ultimate amount of Social Security benefit you receive upon retirement. Because young women earn less from the start, it takes longer for them to pay off their student debts and thus impacts their ability to buy homes or make other large purchases. The above statistics are even more stark for women of color.

Read AAUW’s entire report: The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap.  Also read about the 2019 Paycheck Fairness Act.

Be sure to wear RED on Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and minorities are “in the red” with their pay!

Ladies Lunch ‘n Murder

Join this group on the third Monday of each month as we read and enjoy some thrilling murder mysteries.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 15, at 11:30 AM at the Sunshine Saloon, 1807 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.  For this meeting, read Louise Penny or any other mystery, and share your thoughts.

Mission Discussion Group

Participate or just listen–this group gets together to talk about issues related to AAUW’s mission.  Meetings are held at Sweet & Savory, 5685 Gibraltar Avenue, Pleasanton, on the second Thursday of the month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, April 11, at 10 AM, with an update on Title IX.  All are welcome.  Please call Chris Alesso or email if you plan to attend.

AAUW CA Online Book Club

AAUW CA’s spring selection for the AAUW California Book Club, an online book club, is My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem.

To participate, register through  You can do this via your email address or
through social media sources such as Facebook.  Join the community called AAUW CA.

Discussion postings will be made weekly on Fridays, so we encourage you to sign on at least weekly.