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September 22, 2018 – Public Program

Join Us on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 4-6 PM . . . . . . . . . . This event is free – but please RSVP, as seating is limited.

Aileen Rizo: Blazing a Trail for Equal Pay

Harpar Bizaar's quote about Alison Rizo

What would you do if you found out that your male co-worker made a lot more than you?

In in 2012, Aileen learned that her salary was lower than a co-worker with less experience and less education – based solely on her prior work history in a different state.  For the past six years, she has worked tirelessly on the quest to make “Equal Pay for Equal Work” a reality.

Alison Rizo - BioCome hear about Rizo v. Yovino

This landmark case raised the issue as to whether prior salary histories have perpetuated the gender pay gap.

Rizo resisted – and persisted – causing change to California’s Equal Pay laws and winning her federal case against her employer!

She will be telling of her experiences, from being a math consultant – teaching math skills to teachers – to becoming a familiar face in Sacramento, testifying in support of legislation that has been enacted to ensure that previous pay is no longer a determining factor when setting pay for a worker.

California is now one of six states with a ban on salary history in negotiations for worker.

Rizo’s lawsuit, Rizo v. Yovino, has led to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals full hearing and decision in April that, under the Equal Pay Act of 1963, employers cannot pay women less than men just because of a previous job’s salary.

Her attorney in the federal lawsuit is Dan Siegel of Oakland and her case has received financial support from the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.

As Rizo worked with advocates on the Sacramento legislation, she learned that her member of the Assembly consistently voted against the bills she was favoring.

She is now a candidate to replace him. Rizo’s story was featured on the New Republic blog July 19, 2018 and in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund supported Rizo in her lawsuit.


If you’d like to support AAUW’s efforts to obtain equality for women & girls, you can donate to the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund at this link:




Location & RSVP:  Seating is limited, so RSVP at the . . . . . . . .  . .  . …………………….Eventbrite link below today:

You can download a pdf flyer about this event at:

Aileen Rizo On Achieving Gender Pay Equity – Saturday, 4-6pm on 9-22-18

Oakland Women’s March on January 19, 2019

Womens March - Aerial View by Lake MerrittCome join us and other local  AAUW branch members to march from Laney College to the Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland. 

We will gather in front of the Student Center at Laney College at 9:30 AM and walk together carrying AAUW signage.   At the end of the march, the Interbranch Council of the AAUW will have a booth where we can share information with marchers about our mission.

So don your pink hat, and bring your family and friends to join us!

Unable to walk the route?  Come to Frank Ogawa Plaza to visit our booth and to hear this year’s speakers, starting at 11am.

Date:  Saturday, January 19, 2019

Time & Location:  

  • TO JOIN THE MARCH:  Meet up at 9:30am at the Laney College Student Center. 
  • TO HEAR THE SPEAKERS:  Go to the Frank Ogawa Plaza at 11am.  Our booth will be open from 11am to 2:30.

September 8, 2018 – Public Event

Join Us on Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 10am to Noon
 Everyone is Invited to attend this free event – Bring a friend

Fall Kick-Off Meeting & Brunch 

Meena Palaniappan, CEO of ATM Connect

Meena Palaniappan, CEO of ATM Connect

This year, our kick-off meeting’s key presentation is by Meena Palaniappan, about technology innovations that help communities counter the often devastating effects of extreme weather events.

Founder and CEO of ATM Connect, Meena will speak about her journey as an environmental engineer and technologist, and her success at implementing community-based technology projects in the developing world for nearly two decades.

ATMA Connect builds resilience in low-income urban communities by creating solutions to empower users by sharing local information.  Based in Oakland, ATM Conncect was founded as a non-profit in 2014.  You can learn more about their work at:   www.atmconnect.org

2018 Tech Trek Girls

The meeting will also include an appearance by our 2018 Tech Trek Scholarship students.  We sent these eleven wonderful girls to Tech Trek camp at Sonoma State University
June, 2018.  The Oakland-Piedmont AAUW branch (and friends) have been sending local middle-school girls to Tech Trek camp since 1998.

Meet with them individually to learn about their experiences during this year’s week-long STEM program at Sonoma State University.

Tech Trek's Scholarship Students for 2018 STEM Camp


Brunch:  A buffet of savories, sweets and beverages will be provided during this event.

9:30 – 10:00 Mix & Mingle
10:00 – Welcome
10:20 – Meena Palaniappan, Founder of ATM Connect
11:00 – Tech Trek
11:30 – Interest Groups & Announcements

Date:           September 8, 2018,
Time:          10:00am to Noon
Location:   Richard C. Trudeau Training Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . .  .  .  .  .  .  . 11500 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
Cost:            Free to attend

June’s Annual Membership Meeting for our Branch

What better way to celebrate the end of a productive year at our Annual Membership meeting than to commemorate the life and work of one of America’s greatest dancers, Isadora Duncan!

New Postage Stamp honoring Isadora Duncan

Postage stamp of Duncan



       *   Vote for new Board Officers
       *   Honor hardworking members
       *   Enjoy an exiting program honoring dance pioneer  ………..Isadora Duncan



DATE:   Saturday, June 2, 2018
TIME:  10am
LOCATION:  Veterans Memorial Building, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland (across from Lake Merritt)  Parking:  Free parking is available in the building’s lot.
COST:    Free

Shown below:  Lois Flood, dancer, choreographer and historian, will perform four-minute miniatures of some of the classical dances created by Duncan, to music by Chopin, Schubert and Gluck.

Time to Renew Your Membership

Renew Your Membership by June 30th

Renew Membership Image The easiest way to renew is to renew online through National’s web site.

Here’s the process once you’re there.

1)   The link will take you to the login site for the branch and should fill in with your member login information.

2)   Once on the info page, there is a link to membership payment near the bottom on the left side of the page.

3)  Select Join/Renew via Branch Members, which is the middle option on the page.  From there, access the Oakland-Piedmont Branch to pay your dues (the total of which is  $94).

If you have any questions about renewing on line, email Cam, our Membership VP.

You can also renew by sending your check for $94, payable AAUW-OP, to Cam at:

Cam McArthur,
6525 Girvin Drive
Oakland, CA 94611 

Amador Branch – Tour of Historic Homes in the Sierra Foothills

Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Jackson, CA, from 11am to 4pm

Tour Through Time” is the theme of the 46th Annual AAUW Amador Home Tour

Bank of Flowers at Daffodil Hill

Daffodil Hill

Enjoy a wonderful tour of historic homes in the Sierra foothills while you support the Amador Branch scholarship for girls and women!

Among unique sights are enormous structures used during the Gold Rush, fabulous murals in the first Serbian Orthodox Church in the western hemisphere, a 1930’s Romanesque Ione Brick home with perfectly preserved Art Deco interiors, and the abundance of beautiful homes on one of the first streets in Jackson.

Docents will lead ticket holders through five homes representing distinct periods, from a former miner’s cottage grown up, to a Fifties ranch home with salsa flavors.

Five additional historic sites include Sherlock Holmes’ neighborhood and flat recreated in a well-known bookstore, the recently renovated Amador CountyMuseum, itself in an historic house, and a sophisticated renovation of an historic hotel on Main St.

The tradition of an elegant tea with homemade cookies continues in the Civic Center where impressive murals tell the history of Jackson and Amador County.  Our members’ Art Show will be located conveniently in the spacious Civic Center Patio just outside.

Newly added to the festivities at the Civic Center is an array of impressive raffle baskets, provided by AAUW interest groups, individual AAUW members and non-profit organizations in the community, recognizing the importance and educational support purposes of the Tour.

Tickets:  for the Tour are $25 and are available at:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3327293

To learn more about to each place on the Tour (shown in the single image below), go to:  https://amador-ca.aauw.net/home-tour/   and scroll down the page.

Thumbnails of each site on the Tour

Our Branch At the Women’s March in Oakland

Saturday, January 20, 2018:

AAUW Oakland-Piedmont At the Women’s March

Again this year, we joined the throngs of women marching in Oakland!   We are witnessing the beginning of a cultural change, a change that AAUW has been championing since 1881.

Me Too! brought secrets out in the open, giving all of us a forum to speak up and support each other.  Time’s Up! is raising funds for a legal defense fund for victims of sexual harassment. 

And hope is alive.  Oprah once again proved to be an inspiration when, at the Golden Globes, she spoke directly to the young girls in the audience, stating that“a new day is on the horizon.”

The Women’s March 2018 on January 20th demonstrated that we will not be silenced.  Together we can lead change.

Berkeley Branch of AAUW Hosting DACA Event on November 13, 2017

The Berkeley Branch of the AAUW Presents:


Dreamers, Policy & Passion

DACA Event at 6:30 pm on 11-13-17  Speakers Include:

  • Nancy E, O’Malley Alameda County DA
  • Dustin Bankston, Berkley Immigration Attorney
  • Invited Local Students Impacted by DACA & Others



DATE:               Monday, November 13, 2017 . . .

TIME:                6:30  to 8:30 pm

LOCATION:    Berkeley City College in the Auditorium – Lower Floor .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . .  .2050 Center St., Berkeley  CA  94704 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Half a block from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station)

COST:             Free & Open to the Public, Handicapped Accessible