August 2022 AAUW Little Rock, Inc. News

Celebrating 100 Years

1922 - 2022
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Looking Forward to Fall


As a result of the July Branch Planning meeting we have lots of interesting and fun things coming up for you! Time to:
  • Mark your calendar now for these upcoming events.
  • Plan what dish you will bring for the branch 100th anniversary celebration potluck in October.
  • Check your availability for wrapping gifts at Barnes and Noble during the Christmas holiday.
  • Start collecting your White Elephant items for the Silent Auction in December.



Regular meetings of the branch are on the second Saturday of the month, beginning at 11am, September through May. We do not meet in January or in the same month as the state convention. Our current plans are to meet in person.

September 10 - Regular Meeting (Fletcher Library, 823 N. Buchanan, Little Rock) 11am

Inspiring Central Arkansas College Women through National Leadership Training - NCCWSL

October 8 - Outdoor Picnic Potluck (Murray Park, Pavilion #2)  11am

100 Year Anniversary Celebration: A Living Legends Salute

October 22 - Period Poverty Rally and AAUW Summit (Arkansas State Capitol Steps and Old Supreme Court Room*)

*Location of Summit is tentative

November 12 - Regular Meeting (Fletcher Library, 823 N. Buchanan, Little Rock) 11am

Branch Diversity Program

December 10 - Regular Meeting (Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 Reservoir Road, Little Rock)

Annual White Elephant Silent Auction to Benefit AAUW Greatest Needs Fund

NOTE: We are planning to gift wrap Christmas gifts in at least one, if not both, Central Arkansas Barnes and Noble stores in December. When dates and locations are confirmed, you can sign up to volunteer.



AAUW Little Rock members are eligible and invited to participate in the Tuesday Afternoon Book Club. The Book Club meets at 12:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month, October through May. They don't meet in January. Contact Diana Glaze, Book Club President, if you would like to attend the next meeting (October 4) or join the book club.


Searching for Bylaws Aficionados

At the Branch Planning meeting, Nell Matthews volunteered to chair a Branch Bylaws update committee. She is looking for committee members:

Do you like to read and edit documents?  Are you a teacher, writer, or lover of minutia?  Then volunteer for the bylaws update for AAUW Little Rock Branch.  Any time national updates their bylaws, we need to add in the required wording to ours. It is a great time to look at what we say we do and compare to what we actually do and adjust our bylaws to match.  Finally, it gives us the opportunity to fix little things that have been bothering us. Click here to contact Nell Matthews to volunteer. I will send the documents to you and then we can get together with Zoom and Google Docs and discuss any changes, so you can do this while wearing your house shoes.  Contact me by August 31.



Share your announcements, events, awards, pictures, greetings and activities with other members.  Send to Maria Jones by clicking here and she will add to the next newsletter.


Next Meeting will be...

Monday, September 19, 6 p.m.
Fletcher Library, 823 N. Buchanan, Little Rock

Topic: Poll Working and Watching 101

Did you know August 16th is Poll Worker Recruitment Day?

Poll workers are the backbone of the election system, and we wouldn’t have safe and smooth elections without them. Unfortunately, during the 2020 cycle, we saw a huge reduction in workers at the poll, and that trend is continuing on during the midterms.

Poll workers help make sure our democracy is safe, and our elections are fair.

Poll workers support early voting locations, ensure technology functions, and help minimize long lines and delays at polling places on Election Day. Because the number of poll workers at a polling place impacts whether a polling place opens on Election Day, poll worker shortages can lead to long lines and voter disenfranchisement, especially in communities of color and low income communities.


What better way to empower voters and defend democracy?
  • Apply by September 15 to be part of the democratic process of voting on November 8
  • Free training
  • No experience necessary
  • Your time commitment: 2 hours for training and 14 hours on Election Day
  • You choose to be paid or volunteer
  • Visit the Pulaski County Election Commission website to learn more and apply.
Questions? Call Pulaski County Election Commission at 501-340-8383


Indivisible LRCA VIP Voter Project is writing postcards to approximately 5,000 voters over the summer and into the fall. These postcards are intended to get voters to the polls by providing voter registration and voting assistance as well as candidate and issue information. Indivisible provides "Volunteer Packets" with scripts and 20 postcards. For more information and to sign up, click here.

A similar effort in 2020 mobilized young voters 15 percentage points higher than young voters district-wide.

Celebrating 100 Years

1922 - 2022

Dr. Diana Glaze
Honorary Lifetime Member
AAUW Little Rock, Inc.

I am a 59-year member of AAUW and a 53-year member of the LR branch. I came here in 1970 and immediately joined the LR branch of AAUW because I heard of the wonderful women in it.     
In 1976, we had a local issue. The City of Little Rock Board of Directors chose their own mayor. A member nominated a woman.  It was not seconded because one board member said LR was not ready for a woman mayor. AAUW was the only organization to challenge this remark. At the next board meeting.  Eleanor Reed and I composed a speech that Jeanne Whitesell, our current AAUW LR president, read to the city directors. The woman who made the speech against a woman mayor was defeated in the next election and Lottie Shackleford was elected as mayor.
AAUW has always been the voice of Little Rock. We will always take on a challenge and advocate for everyone’s rights from minorities to women.

An event sponsored by the Saline County Progressives.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2022 AT 10 AM – 8 PM

Women's Equality Day in Central Arkansas

Saline County Courthouse

The Saline County Progressives have reserved the Saline County Courthouse Gazebo reserved for Friday August 26th to hold a rally for #WomensEqualityDay!

Candidates who support women's healthcare rights are invited to speak, 11AM-1PM. We arrive mid morning to post signs and stay until 5pm.

Then we are move to the I-30 overpass at Exit 123, Reynolds Road, to hang signs and fill the bridge! (park at the commuter lot and bring your friends!!) Bring posters, signs, banners, and wear GREEN... we'll have a green glow on the bridge with green fluorescent neck gear, green film for flashlights, glow in the dark green paint, green bandanas.

On Aug 26 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was certified as part of our Constitution, assuring that 'the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied..."
In 1971, Representative Bella Abzug championed a bill in the U.S. Congress to designate Aug 26 as "Women's Equality Day" commemorating the importance of the women’s suffrage movement and the work to secure and expand equal rights today.

Moms’ Equal Pay Day
is September 8. Moms are paid 58 cents for every dollar paid to dads.

Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is September 21. Black women are paid 58 cents for every dollar paid to white men.

Native Women’s Equal Pay Day is November 30. Native women are paid 50 cents for every dollar paid to white men.

Latina’s Equal Pay Day is December 8. Latinas are paid 49 cents for every dollar paid to white men.


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