Welcome to the AAUW Long Beach Branch!


Empowering women since 1881!

Upcoming Events:

Prevent Human Trafficking

Ginny Baxter, Program Vice President

March 7, 2020

A problem currently in the news is Human Trafficking. Prostitution has
been with us for millennia. The difference today is that Human Trafficking has
become the second most profitable industry after drug trafficking. One in
three teens are recruited within forty-eight hours after they have run away
from home or foster care.

Stop Human Trafficking logoGems Uncovered is a local Long Beach non-profit which reaches out to these victims nightly in Long Beach along Pacific Coast Highway as well as other venues. They run a drop-in Center to help both males and females assimilate into society.  They offer short- and long-term housing, trauma care, career alternatives in addition to other resources.  Awareness workshops are held to educate the public. Mary White,  Executive Director of the program, will inform us on what to look for if you
suspect unusual behavior in a public place.

In the book, My Name is Freedom, Melodie Fox told of a Chinese woman whose parents sold her into slavery, another type of Human Trafficking. This enslaved woman lived in Taiwan but was eventually brought to an Orange County home as a servant. She had no education, no opportunity to better her situation. A neighbor believed she was held against her will
and offered help.

Melodie, author and editor for Square Tree Publishing, lives in
southern California where she divides her time between writing and
working as an educator/project coordinator for a local college and nonprofit
educational foundation. Creator of Enthusiastic Books, she loves
combining her creative talents with teaching tools, equipping educators
and inspiring people.

In both situations the women live in fear. They are abused and
trapped. Our speakers will share their experiences with AAUW on Saturday,
March 7 at the Golden Sails Inn. Come and learn how we can help.


Work Smart Workshops:
(Check this space for upcoming events.)


Past Events: 

Women in the Trades

Ginny Baxter, Program Vice President

February 1, 2020

AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families. Years ago most women were relegated to careers as teacher, nurse or secretary. Today there are so many more choices including positions in the Trades. Our Branch meeting program for February features a panel of women who will tell their career stories. We will hear from Vivian Malauulu, a longshoreman; Bridgett Lewis, Manager of Security Operations at the Port of Long Beach; Robin Thorne, founder of DemoChicks, and Jennifer Caveness, a construction consultant.

Vivian Malauulu is the first Latina elected to the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees. She was a journalism professor at LBCC, and today she is the board’s current president. Bridgett D. Lewis, Manager of Security Operations at the Port of Long Beach, has a dual role: She oversees security operations at the nation’s busiest seaport, as well serving as the
Director of the Central California Maritime Coordination Center (MCC). Robin Thorne founded DemoChicks, a non-profit which encourages young women to consider a career in the construction, engineering, building, and demolition industries. Jennifer Caveness has nearly 25 years of hands-on experience in all facets of the construction and real estate industry.
Please join us for this informative and rewarding Program. Bring your daughters
and grandaughters! See you at the Golden Sails Inn on Saturday February 1.


Trekking to the Future!

January 4, 2020

AAUW of California member Marie Wolbach founded Tech Trek in 1998 with the help of an AAUW Community Action Grant. Today AAUW Tech Trek operates at 22 different sites around the nation. A 2013 survey of AAUW Tech Trek alumnae from California demonstrates the program’s lasting effects on many levels, including interest and confidence in STEM fields, decision to pursue those fields, and future career plans.

Through hands-on problem solving and encounters with women role models in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), AAUW Tech Trek helps girls see their futures while having nonstop fun. This one-week summer camp is backed by AAUW’s research and designed to make STEM fields exciting and accessible to girls in middle school — the age when girls’ participation in these fields statistically drops. For many girls, the weeklong
camp sparks their curiosity and places them on a path toward success.

Our annual Tech Trek fundraiser will be held at the January Branch meeting. In addition to our speaker, Rachel Thomson, we hope to have other past Tech Trekkers at the meeting to share a bit about their experience at camp.

Your donations are welcome. Checks should be made out to:
AAUW –CA SPF with Tech Trek on the memo line.

So, bring your checkbooks and your always-generous hearts on January 4th!
See you at the Golden Sails Inn.

Celebrate The Season!

December 7, 2019

The tradition of wassailing falls into two distinct categories: the house-visiting wassail and the
orchard-visiting wassail. The house-visiting wassail is the practice of people going door-to-door, singing and offering a drink from the wassail bowl in exchange for gifts; this practice still exists, but has largely been displaced by caroling. The orchard-visiting wassail refers to the ancient custom of visiting orchards in cider-producing regions of England, reciting incantations and singing to the trees to promote a good harvest for the coming year.

Join AAUW Long Beach members as we celebrate the season on Saturday Dec. 7 to have our traditional Wassail, festive food and fun with fellow members. Friends and family are also invited to visit Charlotte’s lovely home from 10:00 am till noon. She and her husband are such inviting hosts and the house is beautiful for this season. Enjoy foods made by members and get the holiday season off to a jolly start.

Singing to the trees is encouraged!

A Luncheon Most Deadly!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Want to learn how to self-publish and support a great cause for women at the same time? Join us at the November meeting and fundraiser as author, Anne Cleeland, takes you on a journey featuring the “Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard” series. Anne self-publishes her novels, so come find out how she does this.  Continue Reading

The Future of Social Security…

Saturday October 5, 2019

Did you know that since 1935, Social Security is the one pension system that has continuously provided pensions for millions of Americans? But by 2035, if the Congress does not increase funding, the Social Security Trust Fund will only be able to pay 80% of your earned benefits. Continue Reading


Title IX and the Olympics

Saturday September 7, 2019

In honor of the recent US Women’s Soccer World Gold Cup victory, we’re “kicking” off the Fall AAUW program with a presentation by US female Olympians and the Loyola Marymount Women’s Athletic Director to discuss the impact of Title 9 on recent the US Women’s Gold Medal Victories.   Continue Reading


Celebration and Installation

Saturday June 1, 2019

The June program celebrates accomplishments of our current year and introduces the AAUW 2019-2020 Officers for the upcoming year. Co-Presidents Denise Montoya and Shelly Arnold will install the newly elected officers including returning President Denise Montoya. Her continued leadership and professional experience will bring special insight and ideas to our branch for the upcoming year.   Continue Reading


Welcome to the Garden!

Saturday May 4, 2019

You are invited to attend the annual Garden Party on May 4th, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The location is Charlotte Joseph’s home on Olive Ave. in the Bixby Knolls area. This event always depends on the good works of all of our AAUW members to assist the hostess. Continue Reading


Get Involved Locally

Saturday April 6, 2019 

The November mid-term elections were a watershed moment for women! Americans
elected more women from throughout the country to hold positions in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as in state and local levels. Women are taking their places in powerful positions in all levels of government. Continue Reading


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Are you earning what you deserve?  In 2018, full-time working women in the U.S earned 82% of what men earn.  In California, the figure is 86% – better, but still not at parity. A portion of this gap is attributed to women’s lack of knowledge in how to best negotiate for their salaries and benefits.

Created for working women, AAUW Work Smart is an interactive 2-hour workshop that teaches you to evaluate, negotiate, and articulate your worth confidently in the job market.


Upcoming Workshops:

For the interim, please check out the online AAUW Work Smart option at www.salary.aauw.org

Past Workshops:

  • Saturday afternoon, December 14, LB 3rd District Field Office/Conservation Corps Building
    Sponsored by H. Richards & Toyota, Inc.
  • Thursday evening, October 3, Long Beach/Signal Hill WorkPlace; Sponsored by AAUW LB members R. Sanchez & S. Westafer
  • Thursday evening, August 22, Long Beach/Signal Hill WorkPlace; Sponsored by AAUW LB member J. Caveness & H.E.P., Inc.
  • Thursday evening, June 27, Long Beach/Signal Hill WorkPlace, Sponsored by AAUW LB members C. Joseph & F. Rozner
  • Saturday afternoon, May 18, LB 3rd District Field Office/Conservation Corps Bldg., Sponsored by Wells Fargo
  • Thursday evening, April 11, Long Beach/Signal Hill WorkPlace, Sponsored by LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn
  • Tuesday evening, March 19, Red Cross of Greater Long Beach, Sponsored by Wells Fargo
  • Wednesday evening, February 27, Long Beach/Signal Hill WorkPlace, Sponsored by Wells Fargo
  • Thursday evening, January 24, Junior League of Long Beach, Sponsored by Wells Fargo
  • Saturday afternoon, December 8 2018, The Conservation Corps Bldg, Marina Park, Sponsored by Wells Fargo
  • Thursday evening, November 8 2018, The Nonprofit Partnership (TNP)
  • Thursday evening, October 18 2018, Jenny Oropeza Community Center, Sponsored by Long Beach Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez


Coordinated by American Association of University Women (AAUW) Long Beach, the AAUW Work Smart workshops are offered free to the public.  Reservations for the workshop must be made online at salary.aauw.org/longbeach.

Attendance is limited to 40 participants.

Come and learn how to negotiate what you deserve!


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