“I’m honored and humbled to have been re-elected to serve as your board chair for three more years. I’m also pleased to report that Malinda Gaul was re-elected as board vice chair, and Elizabeth Haynes and Joseph Bertolino will retain their board seats.
AAUW’s public policy priorities were approved by 92% of voters. The board-recommended ballot initiative to remove the college-degree membership requirement did not receive the two-thirds, or 66.6%, vote required to enact a bylaws change.
However, the board is heartened that a remarkable 63% of you voted in favor of making this change, indicating a momentum shift toward a more inclusive membership. This was a significantly higher number than we saw in previous votes, which hovered just below 50%, to make the change.
While we have many voices, I know we all share the same commitment to AAUW’s mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy, and our vision of achieving equity for all.
More than ever, we must embrace our values and continue to strive towards diversity, equity and inclusion; it’s a journey that will never end.
No matter how you voted in this election, you are a valued part of our community. In fact, you—our members—are our core community, and the final decisions about board leaders and bylaws will always be yours to make. Now it’s time to move forward together. Thanks again for making your voice heard. ”
Julia T. Brown, Esq., AAUW Board Chair