January/February 2022 AAUW Little Rock, Inc. News
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Period Poverty in Arkansas

Saturday, February 12
11:00 a.m.
(Zoom Meeting Link Below)

More Chances Period is a non-profit organization that provides period supplies for those in need across the State of Arkansas.   Janai Taylor Harris is the Director. She will be our guest speaker for the February meeting, discussing the need for period products for women and girls.

About the speaker:

Janai Taylor Harris relocated to the city of Pine Bluff, AR from Chicago, IL to receive her formal college education at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, obtaining a BA in Criminal Justice.
Ms. Harris is currently in her 13th year working for a Fortune 500 company and is also a published author (Dear Mama: Melanated Memoirs of Inspiration Vol. 1).

Her passions are anything that includes bringing awareness to period poverty, which includes the organization she established in 2019 (More Chances Period), Racial and Cultural Diversity Awareness, & Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Awareness. Ms. Harris was a 2020-2021 Taste of the Finest Honoree for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and a 2021 Pretty In Pink Empowerment Academy for Girls International Honoree.
She also holds a Certificate in Anti-Racism from the Diversity and Resilience Institute Of El Paso. Ms. Harris has a Sexual Assault Advocacy Certificate from Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault, a Certificate  of Hospitality and Tourism from Florida Atlantic University, and a Certificate of Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She is also a 2019 & 2020 Junior League of Little Rock Nonprofit Board Institute Graduate. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from Cornell University in Applied Economics and Business.

Topic: AAUW Little Rock February Meeting
Time: Feb 12, 2022 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Keeping Elections Fair and Equal


If you missed the December 11th LR regular meeting, you can find a recording of it posted on the Little Rock website by clicking here

Hear how you can support local nonpartisan organizations seeking fair and equal elections. Our speakers were Senator Joyce Elliott (Get Loud Arkansas), Loriee Evans (Indivisible Little Rock and Central Arkansas), and Devita Harden (League of Women Voters of Pulaski County).  Find the voter engagement organization/activity that best fits you, your talents and your time.


AAUW is committed to open and fair elections, nonpartisan voter education efforts that will promote equitable political participation and representation in appointed and elected office, and the expansion of voting rights.


Happy Birthday AAUW Little Rock

AAUW Little Rock was founded in 1922 by a small group of women with college educations mostly acquired from east coast colleges like Vassar and Wellesly.  This year we will be celebrating our 100th year. We will soon be featured on the National website ( and in a future National AAUW "Membership Matters" communication.

If you are interested in AAUW history and would like to participate in planning for our branch's centennial celebrations, contact Maria Jones and/or  Zenobia Harris.



Regular meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month and begin at 11am. Because of the December/January surge in COVID,  the Branch Board decided to continue Zoom meetings for now. We do hope to find an outdoor location at least for the annual meeting and hope to hold a membership event this spring.

February 12  Regular Meeting - Addressing Period Poverty

March 12  Regular Meeting - AAUW LR Women in History

April - Arkansas State Convention

TBA  - Membership Event

May 14 Annual Meeting



The AAUW Tuesday Afternoon Book Club held their December meeting at the Pulaski Heights Baptist Church parlor, hosted by Debra Tillery. She provided afternoon treats along with the book review.

The next book club meeting is scheduled on March 1 at 12:30 in the home of Maria Jones. She will also provide the book review.

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



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.

Watch for your 2021-2022  AAUW LR Yearbook in the mail. 

All branch members with paid national dues should receive their book soon. Thank you to Mary McGehee, Yearbook Chair.  Please contact her if you have any questions or updates that need to be made.

Annie Abrams, beloved activist and mentor, and daughter, AAUW LR member Pam Abrams, were on Good Morning America Feb 1st.  Click here to see the video.  You do NOT want to miss this!!

Click here for the City of Little Rock's official list of Black History Month Activities and click here to check out the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center activities and calendar. On February 11th Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Black History Month artist for 2022, Adaja Cooper, will discusses her process, influences, and art.
The Arkansas State Archives and the Black History Commission of Arkansas will present it's 2022 symposium titled "African American Medicine in Arkansas" Saturday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, at 501 West Ninth Street, in downtown Little Rock.

Speakers for the symposium will be Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch of Arkansas State University, Dr. Jesse Hargrove of Philander Smith College and Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the first African American and 15th Surgeon General of the United States and a member of AAUW LR.
This is a free event. In-person registration is closed, but it will be live streamed on the Arkansas State Archives Facebook page. Click here to connect with the Facebook page.


The Induction Ceremony for the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame will be April 20th, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. It will be at the Wally Allen Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center. Past AAUW State President Dr. Margaret Clark will be one of the inductees. AAUW Arkansas and Little Rock would like to have a table of 10. Tickets are $200.00 each. If you can buy a ticket and attend, please contact either Maria Jones, Zenobia Harris, or Felisha Perrodin now.

2022 AAUW Art Contest - Vote Now

In the art world women are underrepresented and undervalued. Only a third of artists represented by commercial galleries are women and women working in arts professions are paid on average 74 cents to every dollar paid to men. This is what motivates AAUW to host an annual art contest—to give women artists the attention they deserve.

Voting is open from February 2 to February 16. You must be a current AAUW member when voting opens in order to vote in the 2022 AAUW Art Contest. Members may vote one time for your ten favorite images. The six winning entries will be featured in a collection of note cards mailed to AAUW members in the spring. To view the gallery of submissions, click here.

Two examples of a large number of submissions: "Celebration of 19th Amendment" and "Teaching Outdoors.".

Member Gathering with AAUW CEO Gloria Blackwell and Board Leaders

To watch the webinar, click here.

On January 12, an AAUW Member Webinar kicked off 2022. National Board Chair Julia Brown and AAUW National Governance Committee Chair Malinda Gaul talked about the year to come, including our upcoming bylaws vote and comment period.  You'll also see special updates from new AAUW CEO Gloria L. Blackwell as she reflects on our 2021 accomplishments and looks ahead to 2022 and beyond.

(Left to Right) Julia Brown, AAUW National Board Chair, Malinda Gaul, AAUW National Governance Committee Chair, and Gloria Blackwell, AAUW Chief Executive Officer

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