March 2021 AAUW Little Rock, Inc. News
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Little Rock Branch March Meeting
Open Membership in AAUW


Saturday, March 13
11:00 am
(Zoom Meeting Link Below)

AAUW Little Rock is sharing our meeting time with the rest of the branches in Arkansas for a discussion of  the proposed change for AAUW membership eligibility on Saturday, March 13, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

The AAUW Bylaws contain the rules and regulations enacted by AAUW to provide a framework for its operation and management. The proposed bylaws change is to eliminate the degree requirement for membership. Beginning in April, members will be asked to cast their votes for or against Open Membership via email.

Open Membership means that people may join AAUW whether or not they have a college degree.


Malina Gaul, the Vice Chair of the AAUW National Board (on left), will do a short presentation about the proposal and will also answer any questions posed by the town hall attendees. The meeting will be hosted by Felisha Perrodin (middle), AAUW Arkansas President.

This is your opportunity to hear from and voice your opinions to not only members in other Arkansas branches, but to a national board member.

After the meeting, AAUW Little Rock will have our special sharing time facilitated by June Lloyd.

Zoom link for the Town Hall is:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 856 8400 8220
Passcode: 388245


Announcing Nominations
for AAUW Little Rock Officers

At the May Branch Business Meeting on May 8, members attending will vote on the nominees for each office as well as next year's budget. The following slate of officers is presented by the AAUW LR Nominations Committee.

Dr. Zenobia Harris, Co-President
Zenobia has been a member of AAUW Little Rock since 2011. She formerly served on the State Board as the AAUW Arkansas Vice President for Membership. Retired from the Arkansas Department of Health, she is the current board president of the Association of Public Health Nurses and Executive Director of the Arkansas Birthing Project.

NOTE: Maria Jones will continue as a Co-President with Zenobia Harris, and will complete her current term in June 30, 2022.

Dr. Mary McGehee, Vice President for Membership
Mary has been a member of AAUW Little Rock since 2016. She is retired from the Arkansas Department of Health's Center for Health Statistics where she was the Section Chief of the Survey Unit. She also served as a Certified Advanced Facilitator for sociology and psychology courses. She is currently assisting the ADH Office of Health Equity with COVID-19 outreach activities.


Tara Shephard, Co-Secretary
Susan Holt, Co-Secretary

Tara has been a member of AAUW Little Rock since 2018.  She is an author, education and mental health advocate, auditor for the American Correctional Association, suicide-prevention trainer and youth program consultant. She's the owner of Delta Community Based Services, a nonprofit organization advocating for the social advancement of women and girls. Tara has been serving as Branch Secretary since 2019.  She is eligible for a second term and has agreed to serve.

Susan joined AAUW Little Rock in 2017.  She retired from work as a clinical psychologist in 2020 after a career in public mental health services.  Her career included psychological services at the Arkansas School for the Deaf, the Deaf Outreach Center in Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, and in the Arkansas Dept. of Correction in programs for inmates with disabilities.  She continues to work with professional and advocacy groups supporting expanded behavioral health services for people with disabilities.

AAUW Little Rock to Send Students to the 2021 Virtual  National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL)

NCCWSL Chair Lottie Adams and her committee interviewed students from Philander Smith, UA Pulaski Tech, and UALR who are interested in attending the virtual NCCWSL conference May 25-26, 2021. The selected students are completing their conference applications. Look for more information about the students you are sponsoring in the April newsletter.

NCCWSL is where hundreds of young women come to turn a moment into a movement. Each year, AAUW brings together hundreds of college women from around the country for three days of leadership training, inspiration and networking. The conference promises young women that when they enter the conference as a passionate leader, they will leave it with the skills and confidence to pursue their goals.

2019 AAUW Little Rock sponsored students (left to right):Marla Biddle, Cameron Rhoden, and Shibani Lal.

2018 AAUW Little Rock sponsored students, Brenna Arnold and Abby Resendiz.



Saturday, March 13 at 11am - Combined Virtual State/Branch Meeting, National Board Member Malinda Gaul, AAUW National Board Vice Chair Topic: AAUW Degree Membership Requirement

April 23 & 24 - Virtual State Convention
Topic: Focused on the Future

May 8 - Virtual Annual Business Meeting


Book Club members sent roses to member Catherine Hepinstall (far right) who has been unable to attend. They said farewell to Secretary/Treasurer Alice Curtis (center) who will be moving out of state to be closer to family. Maureen Terrafranca (not pictured) was selected to be the new Secretary/Treasurer.

The next Book Club meeting will be on Zoom, April 6th at 12:30pm. All members of the Little Rock Branch are invited and welcome. Please contact Maria Jones for the Zoom link.



From AAUW member Vanessa Bastidas, med student at UAMS:

I wanted to share a picture about a virtual Reading Day I organized and participated in with Carver Elementary School. I'm the Vice President of the Edith Irby Jones Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at UAMS and we usually read to Carver during Black History Month, but because of COVID we did it virtually this year. The students loved it! I thought about AAUW since I know we also do reading days with Carver :) 
Vanessa Bastidas


AAUW Little Rock member Dorothy Stuck celebrated her 100th Birthday February 5. Her birthday was declared Dorothy Stuck Day in Little Rock by Mayor Frank Scott. She was also named Arkansan of the Day by Craig O'Neal. Visit the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History (click here) for a retrospective of Dorothy's life and accomplishments.

2021 Women's Equal Pay Day is March 24

2021 Equal Pay Day Calendar

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Day is March 9. Asian American and Pacific Islander women are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • All Women’s Equal Pay Day is March 24. Women working full time and year round are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man who works full time and year round.
  • Mother’s Equal Pay Day is June 4. Mothers are paid 70 cents for every dollar paid to fathers.
  • Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is August 3. Black women are paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day is September 8. Native women are paid 60 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • Latina’s Equal Pay Day is October 21. Latinas are paid 55 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
Equal Pay Day denotes how far into the new year women must work to be paid what men were paid the previous year. Started by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996, the goal was to raise awareness about the gender wage gap. Since then, other Equal Pay Days have been added to the calendar to denote that mothers and most women of color face a wider-than-average gap and need to work even longer to catch up to men’s earnings.

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