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AAUW Honolulu Members Participate in Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day marks the day when women’s salaries match those of their male peers from the previous year.

AAUW branches across the US educated the public about the significance of the event and what things need to change with regards to law, policy, and American ideas about men and women to diminish the gender pay gap. Honolulu branch participated in activities on the day, and in the week leading up to April 4.

Members of Honolulu Branch attended Mayor Ige’s Proclamation of Equal Pay Day, organized by AAUW-Hawaii, and attended by members of all three Oahu branches. We were delighted to have a small child join in the event with his mother, showing gender pay equity has the potential to improve the lives of children, women, and men in Hawaii and across the U.S.

Two other events occurred prior to Equal Pay Day. AAUW Honolulu was represented on Hawaii Public Radio, in a one-hour segment of Town Square hosted by Beth-Ann Kozlovich focused on the gender pay gap. In addition, AAUW Honolulu, in coordination with the YWCA, the Hawaii Commission on the Status of Women and Hawaii Appleseed organized a “salary negotiation” informational event at the YWCA on Monday, April 3.

Equal Pay Day was observed by two proclamations, signed by Governor David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell. Honolulu Branch members also supported a lobbying educational event at the Hawaii State Capitol, organized by AAUW Hawaii, the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, the YWCA, and Hawaii Appleseed. The group visited most of the offices of State House Representatives and Senate, speaking with many of the office staffs, and senators and representatives about the gender pay gap. AAUW materials were left in all the offices, and we can anticipate an equal pay bill in the 2018 Hawaii legislative session.

At the end of the day, AAUW Honolulu provided a wonderful Talk Story Tuesday (un)Happy Hour at Ferguson’s Pub. AAUW Honolulu member Younghee Overly organized a trivia quiz, ending a successful day.

If you missed Equal Pay Day this year, get involved in the AAUW Honolulu Branch Advocacy Committee, and join Younghee, Bev, Judy, and Sue in future educational advocacy events.

Sadly, there will be another Equal Pay Day next year — at current rates, women will not achieve gender parity for many more decades.

Catching Up With Our Awardees at the 2017 Scholarship Alumni Event!

Members of AAUW Honolulu and past awardees of the group’s scholarship gathered at the Hawaii Yacht Club on Thursday, March 16, 2017 to catch up on their work.

  • Joy Lacanienta received a graduate fellowship from AAUW Honolulu Branch in 2013. She recently produced an award winning  documentary film “Unsheltered Crimes” that focuses on the social issue of criminalizing poverty by incarcerating the unsheltered communities of Hawai‘i.
  • Julia Graham received the Tweet Coleman Aviation Award in 2016. She has an advanced degree in aeronautical science and is working on a commercial multi-engine pilot’s license.
  • Ruth R. Fletcher, Ph.D. received a national AAUW American Fellowship to finish her dissertation before moving to Honolulu and taking on the role of Head of School for St. Andrew’s Schools.

Don’t Just Work Hard — Work Smart!

Are you interested in negotiating your salary, navigating pay raises and getting that promotion?

If you are, attend Work Smart, an AAUW program that will help you close the pay gap!

AAUW’s Work Smart program is designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits packages. By learning strategies and practicing effective language, participants gain valuable skills they can use throughout their lives — well beyond their next negotiation.

Fill out the information below, and we’ll keep you updated about this important AAUW Honolulu seminar!

Member Spotlight: Sharon Joy Estioca

My name is Sharon Joy Estioca, 39, single mother and born and raised in the Philippines. I am a native Western Subanon in the Southern Philippines. Our language is in danger of disappearing.

I was an elementary school teacher in the Philippines before I came to the US in the Fall of 2014 to start my graduate studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I came to the US to obtain a Ph.D. in linguistics so that I can also serve my country not only by teaching but also by helping to document the undocumented indigenous languages, particularly on my island, Mindanao, Philippines.

I am in my third year of my Ph.D. program and will be finished with my coursework this semester. As a non-native speaker of English, it is my aim is to write my own, and I hope to complete my studies here at UHM in the Spring of 2020.

The Power of One…Let Your Voice be Heard

The Power of One…never underestimate the power of one voice.  After all, wasn’t the historic Women’s March on January 21, 2017 started by Hawaii’s own Teresa Shook’s Facebook post?

Make your voice heard by paying attention to proposed legislation and then writing or calling your elected officials to express your opinions.  All this can be done by email or voicemail (see contacts at the end of this article) – it’s easier and faster than you might think.

How can you find out about proposed legislation?  In addition to news outlets, you can learn about pending bills at:

For Federal Legislation: and

For Hawaii State Legislation: here you can register for an account and select matters on which you would like to be notified of pending legislation and hearing dates.  After registration, you can also then submit testimony on bills through your account.

For the City and County of Honolulu:

During the Hawaii State Legislative session our Advocacy Committee Chair, Susan Wurtzburg periodically sends out emails notifying us of pending bills and asking for written testimony.  Often the turn-around time for written testimony is tight from when she receives a notice of hearings and the testimony deadline, but every bit helps, so please, when you can, respond to Sue’s emails by submitting testimony.

For Federal Legislation, AAUW National has set-up “The Two-Minute Activist”.  This is a quick, easy tool where you are notified of issues AAUW National has identified as being consistent with our national agenda, and then provides a direct link to your Congresswoman or Senator.  To sign-up go to:

We hope to have “Two-Minute Activist” set up for Hawaii state legislation soon, so stay tuned!

Often people hesitate to contact their elected officials because they aren’t sure “what to say”.  After talking to many elected officials, here are some tips they share:

  • In your opening sentence refer to the Bill in question by number and name and whether you are writing to SUPPORT or OPPOSE the Bill;
  • Be brief and succinct – get your point across in a way that can be read within one-minute (one page or less is best);
  • Be factual, not emotional and always, be respectful (anger, threats and name-calling can result in immediate rejection of your ideas);
  • Personal experience stories grab their attention (hearts and minds) – tell how the issue being considered affects you, your family, your business or those with whom you work.

Elected Officials Contact List

Via U.S. Postal Service:

  • For correspondence to U.S. Senators:

Office of Senator (Name)
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

  • For correspondence to U.S. Senate Committees:

(Name of Committee)
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

  • For correspondence to U.S. House of Representatives:

Name of Representative
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC  20515

  • For correspondence to U.S. House of Representatives Committees:

Name of Committee
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

  • For correspondence to the President or Cabinet:

Name of person to whom you wish to address including title
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

  • For correspondence to Hawaii State Senators/Representatives:

Name of Senator
State Capitol, Room 10
415 Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Name of Representative
State Capitol, Room 27
415 Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

  • For correspondence to City & County of Honolulu representatives:

Mayor Kirk Caldwell
Honolulu Hale
530 South King Street, Room 300
Honolulu, HI 96813

City Council Member(s) by name
Honolulu Hale
530 South King Street, Room 203
Honolulu, HI 96813

Via email (go to link and then click “contact me”):

By telephone:

  • The White House public comment line (202-456-1111)
    U.S. Senators and/or Represenatives: (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senator/Representative’s office you request.
  • Representative Tulsi Gabbard: (202) 225-2726
  • Representative Colleen Hanabusa: (202) 225-4906
  • Hawaii State Senate: (808) 586-6720 and your call will be directed to the appropriate Senator’s office.
  • Hawaii State House of Representatives: (808) 586-6400 phone and your call will be directed to the appropriate Representative’s office.
  • Mayor Kirk Caldwell: (808) 768-4141

AAUW Honolulu’s 100th Birthday

Join us to celebrate AAUW Honolulu’s 100th birthday!

Photo by tiverylucky via

WHEN: March 29, 2017 ~ 6-8:00 pm
WHERE: Historic Laulima House, 1802 Keaumoku St, Honolulu

Come celebrate 100 years of advancing equity for women and girls in Hawaii! We will have a fun trivia game to explore AAUW Honolulu’s achievements and milestones followed by a discussion of how we are impacting Hawaii today and in the future.

6:00-6:30 Dinner and birthday cake
6:30-7:00 AAUW Honolulu trivia
7:00-8:00 Discussion: What We Do and Where we’re headed!

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Show your AAUW support with a fabulous t-shirt for only $10! Shirts will be available at the event or prepay now for fast pickup at the door.

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The Women’s March of Washington in Honolulu — Moving Forward

Despite rainy weather, thousands of women gathered at the Hawaii State Capitol in support of women’s rights.

AAUW Hawaii — in addition to other organizations including ACLU – Hawaii and Planned Parenthood — was a sponsor of the Honolulu march. Despite the size of the march around the world, no arrests were reported in the march at Washington DC and in the other marches held the same day around the world.

To view a gallery of the march, click here.

This historic event plans to be a springboard for continuing advocacy to advance women’s rights. The march is calling on those that participated, and those who support the cause, to take 10 actions in 100 days. The first action to organize, or “huddle”, to visualize a more equitable world in four years and what’s needed to get there.

To read more about 10 Actions/100 Days, click here!

Catching Up with Leanne Simms

Leanne Simms received an AAUW Honolulu Branch award in 2014, in addition to a 2016-17 American Fellowship from AAUW national. She is a PhD. candidate in American Studies at University of Hawaii, Manoa. Her specialization is women in prison and the prison-industrial complex, women’s life writing, making the voices of Pacific Islander women heard, trauma and literary theory.

Her project’s name is “Hawaii’s Women’s Prison: The Role of the Kailua Prison Writing Project and the Prison Monologues as Expressive Pu‘uhonua”; Pu‘uhonua means “sites of healing” Leanne’s research in the women’s prison examines social justice failures and explores gender, race, and the nation-state through a multidisciplinary lens. She hopes to soon publish her dissertation, “A Cell of One’s Own.”

Reception with #BlackLivesMatter Founders and Screening of I Am Not Your Negro

Join AAUW Honolulu for a special discussion and film screening!

We are a community partner for the Honolulu African American Film Festival 2017. We are also sponsors of the Art & Racial Justice: Conversation with #BlackLivesMatter co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza and film screening of I Am Not Your Negro.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 1 pm
WHERE: Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96814
PRICE: $15 Honolulu Museum of Art members/$20 non-members

To purchase tickets click here.

The screening will include a pupu reception and discussion with Black Lives Matter co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza, who will share their experiences in using art for social change, addressing how art enhanced the national #BlackLivesMatter movement. The talk is followed by the Hawaii premiere of the documentary I Am Not Your Negro.

In this incendiary documentary, Raoul Peck (Lumumba, Sometimes in April) envisions James Baldwin’s unfinished book Remember This House, which the author intended to be a revolutionary account of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Screening is followed by a reception for Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza. Ticket includes pūpū; drinks available for purchase.

Be sure to check out the full film festival schedule, which runs February 4-17, 2017!

Group rates for 5 or more tickets at the member price are also available. Please contact Minette Ferrer.

For more information:

Festival webpage
Opening Night webpage
Purchase Opening Night tickets