Diversity Breakfast 2019
On February 23, 2019, AAUW Rockland celebrated 20 years of diversity in Rockland County at our annual Diversity Breakfast held at the Pearl River Elks Club. The theme for our 20th anniversary was “Empowering Women in Diverse Communities in the Age of ‘Me Too’”. This annual celebration was in conjunction with our co-sponsors, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Jill and Jack of America, and the NYS National Association of Social Workers. The guest speakers Emily Waters and Michelle Grier were from Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) who provided us with information on how we acknowledge and support women no matter where they identify on the “gender spectrum”. They shared information on the mission of GGE and offered a moving spoken word performance on the topic of rape. Both speakers were knowledgeable and left us more informed.
We also chose to honor three women as shining examples in the areas of community service, justice administration and legislative leadership. Joyce Brown, past president of Rockland AAUW, received the Champion of the Community Award; Maureen McGarry Porette, Champion of Justice; and Ellen Jaffe was surprised with the Champion of the Legislature Award and a special Citation from Governor Cuomo. The assembly of more than 100 people in attendance served as a testimony to how valuable and beloved these women warriors are to our community.
Diversity Brunch 2018
Greetings! At our February 24th Diversity Brunch we discussed a wide array of legislative and other topics.
Extensive legislative agenda: —Reproductive rights and codifying Roe v. Wade —Maternal mortality and maternal depression —Pass ERA —Storage of rape kits – 30 days to 5 years —Sexual Harassment Policy —STEM Fellowship —Childcare and Pre-K expansion —***Salary History Ban and Tipped Worker Issue (AM Jaffee), also Childcare subsidies, $100M ask: Issues we thought we would work on together***
Other ‘take aways’: —Demand parity on boards and commissions —Study our county boards and commissions (intern activity?) —Joint Legislative Advocacy Workshop Session —Begin Planning for 20th anniversary brunch, incorporate HS and college students —We must not forget to include our brothers in our efforts, it cannot be only women! Finally, we talked about keeping the conversation going on joint activities and to start planning the 20th anniversary Diversity Brunch. One thought is to set up a monthly call, before or after work, like 8:30 on the 1st Monday of the month.