June 2022 AAUW Little Rock, Inc. News
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Honoring 50 Years of Title IX

Title IX is a landmark federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education; it affects everything from admissions and athletics to STEM training and sexual-harassment policies. AAUW is integral to its history. Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX with some special AAUW events. Click here to learn more about AAUW's Title IX work and to register for

June 15th webinar "Title IX and Transgender Students' Rights" or for

June 23rd webinar "AAUW's Title IX 50th Anniversary Virtual Celebration."

Arkansas has had its own Title IX journey. We are honored to have a branch member who served an important role in establishing Title IX, Nan Snow. As quoted in Veteran Feminists of America

"While with the U. S. Office of Personnel Management, I was appointed Federal Women's Program Coordinator for the five-state region of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  It was also about this time that "The Feminine Mystique" became a popular topic.  I was an immediate convert and later signed on to membership in NOW and the Arkansas Women's Political Caucus.  While some people refuse to see Arkansas in a progressive light, I believe we formed a strong cadre of feminist women in our state.  At the same time, as an affirmative action officer for the federal government, I began to work for minority rights and against racial prejudice, always remembering my positive experience as a young schoolgirl in Washington."


Your AAUW Membership

Message from Nell Matthews, Treasurer

It is time to renew your AAUW Little Rock membership. There are two ways to renew.

DIY: You can go to and click on "Log In" in the upper right hand corner. This will take you to a page where you will create your new user ID (your email) and a password.  Once you have the ID and password, you can access your own account to update your information like a new phone number.  To renew, go to "My Affiliations".  You should see  "AAUW Little Rock".  Select "Renew" and follow the instructions.  It takes a bit of persistence to get to the pay page but you can pay your dues with a credit card there.

If this turns out to be more of a challenge or hassle than you want to deal with, you can send your check to me, Nell Matthews, Treasurer, and I will handle the database.  My address is 7200 Briarwood Drive, Little Rock, 72205.  Dues are $87.

Questions about your membership or your dues? Click here to email me.

Appreciation to all who have already renewed your dues!

Annual Branch Business Meeting

On May 14, the Annual Branch Business Meeting was held on Zoom.

Congratulations to Dr. Mary McGehee who was elected Co-President, Dr. Lottie Adams and Maureen Terrafranca who were elected Co-Vice Presidents for Membership, and to Nell Matthews who was re-elected as Treasurer. 

The proposed AAUW LR 2022-2023 budget was passed and minutes from the 2021-2022 meetings were approved. The budget and minutes are posted on the AAUW Little Rock website here.

(Note: There were no nominations for the position of Vice President for Programs. The Co-Presidents will execute the duties of this office until the position is filled.)




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. The following is a draft 2022 schedule so you can save these dates on your calendar. Membership and fundraising events will be added as they are planned. Look for more information in future newsletters.

September 10 - Regular Meeting (Fletcher Library)

October 8 - Outdoor Picnic (Place to be determined)

November 12 - Regular Meeting (Fletcher Library)

December 10 - Regular Meeting (Place to be determined)



The AAUW Tuesday Afternoon Book Club held their May meeting in Maureen Terrafranca's home. Maureen provided a luncheon for the group and a comparative book review based on books she discovered from a presentation at the recent New Orleans Book Festival she attended.

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 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.



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.

Celebrating 100 Years

The AAUW Little Rock Branch is happy to support the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association by providing bottled water for their upcoming June meeting. The water bottles will sport our new 100-year anniversary logo shown here. Thanks to Dr. Diana Glaze for the idea and for facilitating the sponsorship.

March for Our Lives Little Rock

Saturday, June 11, 10am - 12pm
State Capitol Steps


We will join Uvalde school shooting victims along with the rest of the country in this historic nationwide call to action.

The epidemic of school shootings must end now!

Join thousands across the nation working together to bring these deadly mass shootings to an end.

Indivisible Little Rock and Central Arkansas

Ice cream social with your Indivisible friends! Come out to Boyle Park to learn about volunteer opportunities to support our 2022 VIP Voter mobilization campaign, plus write letters to our representatives about the urgent and overdue need for gunsense legislation. RSVP now by clicking here and see you soon!


Women's March: Bans Off Our Bodies Protest

May 14
Little Rock, State Capitol Steps

The leak of a draft opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case suggests that the Supreme Court may overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision and take away a fundamental right that Americans have held for almost 50 years.

AAUW LR members participated in the Little Rock protest event by an affiliate of the National Women's March. The national AAUW office encourages AAUW members to participate in their local events to support Reproductive Justice. 

AAUW Little Rock is a founding member of the Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice.


Branch Dinner

May 20th 
Whole Hog Cafe, Riverdale Shopping Center


The Branch Dinner celebrated our new branch officers and new members, and was a great prelude to the AAUW Arkansas State Convention which convened the following morning. Out-going Vice-President for Programs Debra Tillery was presented with a flower bouquet. Debra and Maria Jones were given best wishes for their new positions as Co-Presidents for AAUW Arkansas. Sandy Smith brought her granddaughter who will be starting college this year.

The group enjoyed visiting with each other and sharing a delicious bbq meal at the Whole Hog so much we stayed until restaurant closing time!

AAUW Arkansas 2022 State Convention

May 21
Held Virtually on Zoom

Little Rock Co-President Zenobia Harris moderated a panel addressing Period Poverty in Arkansas that included State Representative Denise Ennett, Katie Clark (Arkansas Period Poverty Project, April Roy (femPAQ) and Janai Taylor Harris (More Chances Period). AAUW Arkansas is working to pass a resolution at the upcoming Arkansas Policy Panel's Citizen's First Congress to make addressing Period Poverty one of that organization's ten priorities to build a better Arkansas.

Congratulations to AAUW Little Rock members who were elected to the State Board:
June Lloyd, Secretary
Debra Tillery, Co-President
Maria Jones, Co-President

Nell Matthews continues as the State Financial Officer. Zenobia Harris and Mary McGehee will also serve on the board representing AAUW Little Rock along with the branch presidents from Conway, Fayetteville, Jonesboro and Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village.

Look for more information from the 2022 State Convention in an upcoming AAUW Arkansas newsletter.


Congratulations to our AAUW Little Rock-sponsored National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) alumni who graduated this year. 

Shown here is Alexis Gardner with Co-President Maria Jones when Alexis stopped by to pick up AAUW chords to wear for her graduation ceremony in May.

Alexis hopes to go to Law School at Howard University for her graduate work.

Celebrating AAUW member Veronica Tess Myers, recently named as a Distinguished Student Making a Difference Award recipient for her autism advocacy in Arkansas!


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