From left Susan Barley, hostess; Eileen Recchia, Marco member and AAUW Florida President-Elect; Marie Neil, AAUW Marco Co-President; Carol Rognrud, AAUW Director, Transformational Giving; Veronica McNally; Marilyn Steffan, Marco Co-President; Saundra Martell and Anne Batte; seated Dr. Catherine Hill, AAUW Director of Research; and Marco Legacy Circle Member Laura Smiley Miller.
Morning Conversation: Why Research is Important to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), hosted by AAUW Ft. Myers/Lee County Branch on January 27, gave members of area AAUW branches the opportunity to meet Dr. Catherine Hill, AAUW Director of Research. Dr. Hill spoke about the past, present and future of AAUW research. AAUW’s first research project, in 1885, found that higher education does not harm a women’s health. By using empirical data obtained from AAUW members and other women college graduates, AAUW put an end to this serious impediment to education for women. For nearly 130 years, AAUW’s research based on professional study of empirical data has addressed many serious barriers to equity for women and girls. Current research reports include Why So Few (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Careers), Pay Gap, Hostile Hallways and Crossing the Line. These research reports may be accessed at www. aauw.org/index.cfm. Research now underway includes cost of college education and the role of community colleges in preparing women for STEM and healthcare careers.
On Feb 20, AAUW Marco Island Branch will be examining Crossing the Line, which examines bullying and sexual harassment at middle and high schools. The public is welcome, but the location is not currently available. Please contact Anne Batte (394-3563) for more information.