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AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. This established group welcomes new members who would enjoy belonging to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

This Meetup is public outreach for our local branch (Tacoma and the surrounding area) which was established in 1907. We have monthly meeting from September through May with stimulating programs on timely topics. Our meetings are open to the public and we welcome visitors and prospective members. In addition, we have several special interest groups including two book clubs (daytime and evening), Papercrafters, Diggers & Delvers, Genealogy & Family History and Hot Topics. Each year we give scholarships to deserving women.

In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.
If this group proves to be a good fit for you, we would love to have you become a member of AAUW. Please note that membership in AAUW is open to graduates holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate, or higher degree from qualified educational institutions. If you become a Branch Member, you will automatically also join at the state and national level.


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Investigate your family history

Harbor Lights

Lunch! Friday January 18 at noon, at Harbor Lights in Tacoma. RSVP to Dorothy by January 16. We selected this place because it is one of the oldest restaurants in Tacoma and it's near the place where Top of the Ocean was located. Lunch is at your own cost. We'll share memories and information about the ill-fated supper club built on pilings next to the Old Town Dock. After lunch we'll carpool (or walk) 3 blocks to view the small monument to the famous restaurant and club on the waterfront.

Leading With Purpose with Desiree Wilkins-Finch and AAUW Tacoma

Eastside Community Center - 1721 E 56th St., Tacoma, WA 98404

Desiree Wilkins-Finch was originally born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. As a graduate from The Ohio State University, she earned a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a focus on West African Studies. During her stay at OSU, she developed a love for travel and for community. She firmly believes that we have all been given the task of caring for each other; we should open our hands to our brothers and sisters, to those in need and to the poor. As a firm believer in the collectivism of faith and community, Desiree has spent 15 years as an organizer spreading a message of hope, action and change. This set of beliefs led Desiree to pursue a MA in Leadership with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Desiree is dedicated to helping communities transform as they access their own strength, converting it into power and taking action. Her coaching is centered on the idea that leaders drive values, values drive behaviors and behaviors drive a community. Only then are communities strengthened to take action; which is power. Desiree is the Pierce County Manager for FUSE Washington (https://www.fusewashington.org/). She sits on the board for The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, Tacoma Roots, and Planned Parenthood Votes. In her spare time, Desiree is a flautist and enjoys spending time with her husband and son. Join us to hear Desiree and you will also have a chance to see the brand new Eastside Community Center!

Daytime Book Group: Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton

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The Daytime book group will meet at Marilee's house on Wednesday, January 23 at 10 am. to discuss Q is for Quarry. Jane will review. To see all of the titles we will be reading during the 18.19 year, go to https://tacoma-wa.aauw.net/files/2018/07/AAUW-Daytime-Book-Group-18-19-PDF.pdf

AAUW Washington State Lobby Day

St. John's Episcopal Church Olympia

You are invited to join AAUW Members from across Washington State as we gather in Olympia for our annual Lobby Day. Sunday night lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn in Olympia Registration is $25 per person, which includes lunch. Our speakers will include Fajer Saeed Ebrahim, a specialist on reproductive justice with Legal Voice, and Pam Crone, a lawyer and lobbyist who has represented AAUW-WA, Legal Voice, and other clients in Olympia for over 18 years. Pam’s legal and lobbying expertise covers a wide variety of issues, including women’s and LGBTQ legal rights, domestic violence, homelessness, and other economic and social justice issues. She has also taught law at the Seattle University and the University of Washington Schools of Law. For more information and to register, go here. https://aauw-wa.aauw.net/2018/11/20/2019-lobby-day/

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January: Come join us for scrapbook work to start the new year

Lakewood Presbyterian Church

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