AAUW Longmont Board Messages
Empowering: Giving oneself the authority or power to become stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.
That is Webster’s take on the definition, with a little license from me. When you hear the words “empowering women”, a number of visuals may come to mind … Suffragettes marching for the vote; Rosie, the riveter showing her muscles; bra-burning feminists; Civil Rights supporters coming over the bridge in Selma; a #MeToo survivors rally; or my personal favorite, the pink Girl Power symbol encouraging young women to be the most they can be. No matter what comes to mind, empowering women is as important today as it has ever been.
Our programming committee has focused on that premise, selecting the theme Empowering Women: Setting the Tone for this year’s programs. In addition to some long-time favorites, our branch’s monthly offerings will cover topics such as salary negotiation and pay equity, sexual harassment, and STEM. In mid-August, look for your newly designed yearbook which will provide more information about each of this year’s programs.
Our branch has not yet been able to fill the president’s position, so instead of a monthly president’s column we’re empowering branch members to share their thoughts in this space. Let me know if you would like to be one of our contributors.
On a final note, I would encourage all of you to empower yourself and others to make a difference daily. Participate with other members in an interest group, learn something new at a monthly meeting and work with us to have an impact on our community. And, of course, bring others along with you to see what we’re all about. It’s planned to be great, empowering year for each one of us.
Kathy Hall, Communications Manager