On June 14, the Racine AAUW will be awarding scholarships to six Racine County women who are currently attending college. We will also be presenting a scholarship for a young woman to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.

Here are our scholarship recipients: Sarah L. Clemens, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee majoring in English and political science, $1,500; Natalie K. Erickson, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point majoring in wildlife education, $1,500; Paige M. Murdock, a senior at Edgewood College majoring in nursing, $2,500; Graciella Felicias Rodriguez, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee majoring in American sign language, $1,000; Jennifer A. Schimanski, a senior at UW-Stevens Point, majoring in biochemistry and German, $2,500; and Jazmin Quantaya Marie Wilson, a junior business major at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, $1,000.

Jazmin Wilson will be attending NCCWSL, which will be held in College Park, Md., this June.

Racine AAUW annually awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 to Racine County women enrolled in the second half of their associate degree program as of the fall semester and Racine County women enrolled as a junior or senior at a four-year institution. Applications for 2017 will be available on the website www.racineaauw.org in the fall.

The American Association of University Women advances equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

To find out more about Racine AAUW, go to the website or www.facebook.com/racineaauw. For more information, email aauwracine@hotmail.com.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who shopped at our spring Used Book Sale.

Meanwhile, you can leave your book donations in the box at the bottom of the inside stairway at the CVS Pharmacy at the corner of West Boulevard and Washington Avenue. Proceeds from the sale are used for higher education for women.

State convention a success

One of the highlights of the state convention was hearing National AAUW president Patricia Fae Ho talk about AAUW’s newest research study, “Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership.” This study examines the causes of women’s under-representation in leadership roles in business, politics and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo.

Suggestions for closing the gender leadership gap include for individuals: learning about your own subconscious biases by taking AAUW’s Implicit Association Test on gender and leadership at www.aauw.org; for employers: promoting flexibility and fair expectations for both men and women and enforce fair policies through tools like diversity training and blind resume screening; and for Policy makers: supporting current legislation and regulations like the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act and salary transparency.

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