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Soap for Hope

Laundry detergent campaign for Victims Services of Behavioral Connections.

As an organization, AAUW Bowling Green has made an ongoing commitment of providing 5 bottles of laundry detergent a month to the Victim Services outreach of the Behavioral Connections program in BG. Deborah Wooldridge will collect bottles of detergent for periodic distribution to the group. Why not help a woman in need have clean clothes for herself and her children?

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Gift Registries to support the Cocoon Shelter

The Cocoon Shelter has four registries in area stores for community members to access. Because the items listed are what the shelter most needs, those wishing to help have a convenient way to get such items to the survivors of domestic violence.

The registries are at the following stores:

  1. Target: the Cocoon Shelter has a wish list through Target, which is slightly different than a registry. You can access the wish list on-line at, or at the store at the kiosks located near the entrance. We are listed under first name Cocoon, last name Shelter.
  2. Home Depot: the registry at the Home Depot is only available on-line. We are listed under first name Cocoon, last name Shelter.
  3. Elder Beerman: the registry at Elder Beerman is available both on-line at, and in the store. We are listed under first name Cocoon, last name Shelter.
  4. Meijer: the registry at Meijer can be viewed on-line or in the store. We are listed under first name Cocoon, last name Shelter.

Please note that we do not want you to feel pressured to buy the specific items from these registries, but that the items listed reflect what we need most and continually. If you would rather purchase the same item from one of the registries from a different store, please feel free. Please note also that we prefer to pick items up from the store or from you personally. Our number in the office is 419-373-1730. Thanks so much.

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It’s About Time!

After more than 3 ears of stalling, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally approved emergency contraception (EC) for sale over-the-counter without a prescription. The only restriction is that purchasers must prove that they are 18 years or older. The FDA has repeatedly delayed action on an application from one pharmaceutical company for over-the-counter sale of EC despite a recommendation for approval from FDA’s own scientific advisory panel. AAUW supports the right of every woman to safe, accessible and comprehensive reproductive health services. AAUW encourages efforts to increase education and access to emergency contraception for all women, and believes emergency contraception should be available without a prescription.

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Study Compares Charter Schools to Regular Public Schools
On Tuesday, Aug. 22, the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education released A Closer Look at Charter Schools Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling. The report used the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test to compare fourth graders in charter schools to fourth graders in traditional public schools and found that traditional public school students did significantly better in reading and math than comparable children attending charter schools. Students in charter schools affiliated with local school districts did better than those in schools largely independent from local systems, scoring on par with children in regular public schools in reading and math. The study found no significant difference in reading achievement between traditional public schools and charter schools in central cities serving mostly minority students. However, math scores at such urban charter schools still lagged behind those at traditional schools, except when those charters were affiliated with local districts. AAUW supports innovative educational methods that foster equal education for all students within our public school system. Charter school proposals must be assessed carefully to ensure they contain no provisions that would promote or result in inequities or segregation based on sex or race. Further, charter schools should be held to the same accountability measures as all public schools under the No Child Left Behind Act. To learn more read AAUW’s position paper on charter schools.

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They Just Won’t Give Up

Although the crusade to privatize Social Security appears to have disappeared from the radar screen for now, recent comments by House Majority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and new Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson indicate that efforts to radically alter this crucial social insurance program are far from over. The campaign for privatization of Social Security, which became a top priority of the Bush administration in the wake of his 2004 reelection, was placed on the backburner after stiff opposition from Democrats and a lukewarm response from Republicans in Congress. In his first speech since taking office, Paulson promised that he won’t shy from the fight to dismantle Social Security. In a later interview, Paulson said that he was actually instructed by President Bush to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to find workable solutions. These recent developments are troubling because AAUW strongly opposes privatizing Social Security, which is the sole, guaranteed source of income for many children, disabled workers, and retirees. To learn more see AAUW’s Social Security resource page.

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Women in the Corner Office

The 2005 Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners of the Fortune 500 found that in the last three years, average growth in the percentage of corporate officer positions held by women fell dramatically to 0.23 percentage points per year, the lowest yearly gain in the past ten years. Between 2002 and 2005, the total number of women corporate officers increased by a mere 0.7 percentage points to 16.4 percent. Catalyst, a New York-based advocacy organization said that in top corporate jobs, men outnumber women more than 6-to-1. In addition, the hiring of women into these top positions has slowed down in the past few years. Catalyst predicts that it will take women another 40 years until they reach parity with men in the corporate world.

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The AAUW Newsletter

The newsletter is your best source for upcoming branch events and other important information. Members will receive monthly newsletters through the email account they provide when filling out the membership form. Send items for the newsletter to Kathy Beattie.

Advertise items and services of interest to our members in the newsletter. Any business or individual who would like to run a 3-month ad (business card or other copy) for $15, should also contact Kathy.

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