January 2015 is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January 25: on WPBS at 8 am - Public Eye with Jeff Cole: Human Trafficking

January 26: on WPBS at 10 pm - A Path Appears - Join New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristoff, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively and Malin Ackerman as they meet activists fighting sex trafficking in the U.S. This three-part documentary investigates young women in America and throughout the world forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to empower them to lead more fulfilling lives. As in the series Half the Sky, writer Nicholas Kristof leads the series on site in American cities, and across the globe, with celebrities joining him for important stories.

January 26: On WPBS at 11:30 pm - Too Close to Home - Behind the world-famous beaches, tourist attractions and sunny suburbs lies an alarming secret: Tampa Bay is a hotbed for human trafficking. Men, women and children are forced against their will to serve in the sex trade, domestic servitude and agricultural industries. They are bought, sold and discarded in the community, making Florida the third ranked state in the nation for this fast growing crime.

January 27: on WPBS at 11:30 pm - Turning Oppression into Opportunity - WPBS partnered with the two local chapters of the American Association of University Women to broadcast a live-to-tape television panel discussion. Special guests will bring a global and local perspective to key discussion topics in the Half the Sky broadcast and discuss many ways we can all support and become more involved.

January 29: 6th Anniversary of the Lily Ledbetter Act - Equal Pay & Paycheck Fairness

January 30: The 2015 CTAUN Conference at the United Nations. "THE UNITED NATIONS AT 70 Making a Difference" United Nations Headquarters, First Ave. and 45th St., NYC, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CTAUN = Committee on Teaching About the United Nations.

February 2015 is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 5: "Game On!" for the 29th nnnual National Girls & Women In Sports Day celebraton. Wear a jersey or a themed shirt that shows your sport and your love for the game!

February 6: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation - An estimated 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East.

February 12: Branch Board meeting at SUNY Canton's Miller Campus Center - Room 208 in Room 346 at 4 pm.

February 14: One Billion Rising for Justice on V-Day

February 16: President's Day

February 20: Girl Day - Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day during DiscoverE

February 21: Join AAUW and the Potsdam Public Library for a DiscoverE Hour of Code activity from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. More information and to sign up from Sarah Sachs, Youth Services Librarian, Potsdam Public Library, or call 265-7230.

February 23 - 27: Higher Education National Week of Action - to engage student governments and groups, national and state partners, and individuals that still believe public colleges and universities - and the millions of students they educate - are worth investing in.

February 22-28: Engineers Week

March is Women's History Month: "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives" is the theme for National Women's History Month 2015. The theme presents the opportunity to weave women's stories - individually and collectively - into the essential fabric our nation's history. Accounts of the lives of individual women are critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. The stories of women's lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Knowing women's achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish today.

March 8: International Women's Day

March 9-20: Commission on the Status of Women 59th session "Beijing +20"

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 31: NYS Budget Due; major non-budget legislative work begins

April 2015 (Sexual Assault Awareness Month):

April 14: Equal Pay Day

April 12-18: International Anti-Street Harassment Week organized by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

April 13-17: National Robotics Week

April 17-19: AAUW-NYS Convention at Byblos Niagara Resort, Grand Island

April 22: Earth Day

Contact the Branch Program VP, Tina Flannagan, for more information about any of these events.

Announcing the 2015 National Women's History Month Honorees
The theme for National Women's History Month (NWHM) 2015 is "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives."
The 2015 (NWHM) Honorees were chosen for their pioneering leadership and accomplishments in researching and sharing the stories of women's lives. Their achievements - individually and collectively - have been essential in weaving the amazing and courageous stories of women's lives into the fundamental fabric of our nation's history.

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