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Talk Story Tuesday (May 2019)

Give yourself a treat! Meet, mingle and enjoy complimentary pupus and beverages at happy hour prices. At Talk Story Tuesdays we engage in great conversations on the topics of today that impact women and girls in Hawaii.

We’ll discuss women’s health advocacy and the recent attacks on abortion and birth control access. Laurie Field and Alani Bagcal from Planned Parenthood will be our guest speakers.

Psst…spread the word and invite your friends and family!

All ages welcome!

Complimentary pupus and wine specials!

Please contact us if you have any mobility issues or will require special accommodations to participate. Parking and/or other accommodations can typically be provided upon request.

WHEN: May 14, 2019 ~ 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: The Plaza Club, Pioneer Plaza, 900 Fort St Mall, 20th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813 — in The Board Room
Parking: Plaza Club is $3.75 after 5 pm with validation. in the Pioneer Plaza; nearby municipal lots, $3. Street parking may be available.





AAUW Honolulu Annual Meeting (2019)

Come join AAUW Honolulu for our Annual Meeting on May 28!

Find out how we’ve made an impact in the lives of women and girls in Hawaii! We’ll also discuss our plans and programs for the upcoming year.

Know a friend or family member who’s interested in issues that affect women and girls? Invite them to our meeting! This event is free.

We’ll also be providing bentos from Kokorotei, which guests will need to order when they RSVP. There are three meal options:

  • Chicken karaage bento – Consists of: 6~7pcs Chicken Karaage, Vegetables, Pickles, Hard-boiled egg or Mini Omelette, Sakura Daikon, White Rice (Side dish may change due to availability)
  • Yellowtail teriyaki bento – Consists of: Teiryaki Buri, Sweet Kabocha Pumpkin, Stewed Chilled Eggplant,Sesame flavored String Beans, Vegetables, Sakura Daikon, White Rice (Side dish may change due to availability)
  • Health vegetable bento (vegetarian) – Consists of: Rice-of-the-day (brown or husk rice), seasonal vegetables, such as: sweet stewed kabocha (pumpkin), stewed sato-imo, seasoned egg plant, sesame-string beans, sakura daikon

If you are interested in a bento, please RSVP by May 22 and select your choice in the form.

Please contact us if you have any mobility issues or will require special accommodations to participate. Parking and/or other accommodations can typically be provided upon request.

WHEN: May 28, 2019, 6:15 pm to 8 pm
WHERE: Manoa Public Library (2716 Woodlawn Dr, Honolulu, HI 96822)

A Q-and-A with Our 2013 Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship Recipient, Sarah Hudgins

How has your career progressed since you received the aviation scholarship?

I was awarded the AAUW Aviation Scholarship to earn my Commercial license in 2013. The commercial license is required to receive any compensation as a pilot. I passed my commercial check ride in November 2014 and got a lucky break a week later. A friend called to ask if I wanted to be his co-pilot ferrying a Cessna Caravan C208EX from the mainland to Hawai’i. The single-engine, turboprop flight California to Honolulu took 14.5 hours. Turned out that we were delivering the plane for Mokulele. I applied there and gently persisted until I finally spoke to HR from my brother’s basement on Christmas Eve. I started as a First Officer with Mokulele in February 2015 based in Kahului for the first two months then got back home to HNL. After about a year I went through upgrade training and flew for them as Captain another year. I’d already been flying around the islands for years, but now I was being paid for it! It was a wonderful job, but the time came to make a jump to bigger aircraft. After the process of interviewing and training, I began flying for Envoy, owned by American Airlines, in the 65-seat CRJ-700 made by Bombardier based at O’hare. I just recently completed the training to upgrade on the same jet and am now Captain Hudgins once again. The Aviation scholarship was the catalyst to all this progress. It was key in keeping me moving forward, staying motivated and removing some of the financial burden that comes with advancing in this industry.

Have you seen more women pilots since you began your career?

This is a tricky question to answer. I SEE more women pilots. But, overall, there aren’t any more women pilots relative to male pilots. According to the FAA Airman statistics, the number of women pilots , including student pilots, has remained between six to seven percent for the past 20 years. This includes student pilots, recreational pilots and sport pilots as well as professional pilots. The good news is that among the women who do hold a certificate, more of them are becoming professional pilots. The percentages of women who hold their Air Transport License (ATP), required to fly for an airline, has seen a steady increase over the last ten years. This tells us that of women who hold a license, more of them are choosing to pursue flying as a career rather than a hobby. And they are going for the top rungs of the ladder. So I’m seeing more women on the message boards and Facebook groups who are interested in wearing the airline uniform and taking leadership positions.

What would you tell any girl or woman in college who’s thinking about getting into the aviation industry?

First, it is essential to connect and build a network of other women pilots. Support will surprise you at times, other times you will find the need to share an experience with someone else who understands your path in a male dominate industry. Find your people and hold them close. Second, you will encounter inequity. It will come at you subtly and blatantly. Consider how to respond, what to let slide, and when to speak up. This is a small world and a conservative industry. Always be professional and keep on your path regardless of what hurdles others may try to put in your way. Finally, this is a rewarding and challenging path in so many ways. Be persistent. There will be bumps in the road. There will also be clear skies and perfect landings. Keep at it. Enjoy the view, and work hard, and celebrate your accomplishments. You can do it!

Talk Story Tuesdays – Unhappy Hour (April 2019)

This year, April 2 marks Equal Pay Day — the day that what a woman makes catches up to what a man makes (on the average).

Rather than our usual Talk Story Tuesday, we’ll mark this day with an “Unhappy Hour”. Colin Moore, director of the Public Policy Center at the University of Hawaii — Manoa, Elizabeth Fujiwara of Fujiwara and Rosenbaum, an attorney specializing in civil rights and employment discrimination and Ed Hudson, Bank of Hawaii’s vice president and director of development of its People Services Group will be our guest speakers.

Psst…spread the word and invite your friends and family! Complimentary pupus and no-host bar — all ages welcome!

WHEN: April 2, 2019 ~ 6 pm – 7:30pm
WHERE: The Plaza Club, Pioneer Plaza, 900 Fort St Mall,20th & Fl 21, Honolulu, HI 96813 — in The Board Room
Parking: Plaza Club is $3.75 after 5 pm with validation in the Pioneer Plaza; nearby municipal lots, $3. Street parking may be available.

Wahine Working Smart

Registration is closed for this event.

Interested in negotiating a better salary and taking charge of your professional development?

Join us for a FREE career advancement and WorkSmart salary negotiation skills workshop for women!

This seminar will cover:

  • Knowing your rights under Hawaii’s 2019 Equal Pay Law
  • WorkSmart salary negotiation skills training
  • Developing your executive presence
  • Maximizing your professional network

This event will include refreshments and a complimentary lunch.

Space is limited — RSVP now!

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9 am – 1 pm
WHERE: Impact Hub, 1050 Queen St., Ste. 100
Parking: 50 cents/hour with validation; free street parking is available.


Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Equal pay law should be improved — Jan. 30, 2019

AAUW Honolulu members Younghee Overly and Susan Wurtzburg penned this op-ed about what issues regarding pay equality still need to be addressed in the new state legislative session.

Read it here or if you aren’t a subscriber to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, read it below.

Equal pay law should be improved
By Susan Wurtzburg and Younghee Overly

January 30, 2019

The AAUW, a nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a Hawaii state organization and six local branches, is committed to promoting women’s equality in education, work and leadership. AAUW-Hawaii is active in supporting state legislation to diminish the gender pay gap.

A recent success was the passage of Senate Bill 2351 (Equal Pay) in the 2018 legislative session, which was signed into law (Act 108) by Gov. David Ige on July 5. Act 108 now mandates that employers may not request previous salary information from job applicants. This should help women to avoid taking a gender penalty into new employment.

Given this history, one might ask: “That was 2018, but what is happening now?” We would direct attention to the recent flurry of bills introduced at the state Capitol: On Jan. 24, state Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, House Committee on Labor and Public Employment chairman, introduced HB1192, “relating to equal pay,” while Sen. Brian Taniguchi, Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts chairman, introduced the companion bill, SB1375.

These two bills are important for women and ethnic-minority workers in Hawaii, who are paid less than white men, based on full-time employees’ median wage data. Women as a group are paid 81 percent of what white male employees in Hawaii get, and women of color receive still lower wages. These numbers are worse than in 2015, when women’s pay was 84 percent of men’s in Hawaii. These data are from American Community Surveys, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, and appear on the AAUW-National website, along with other resources.

With the worsening of women’s salaries in Hawaii, it is important to pass this year’s equal pay bill to drive improvements. The bill focuses on “pay transparency,” the definition of paid work, and “protected classes,” among other issues. None of these are particularly sexy topics, but they are all fundamental for achieving a fairer workplace environment in Hawaii, so women, and those who live with, or care about women should pay attention and submit supportive testimony.

“Pay transparency” deals with just that: allowing employees to understand how potential and current employers set wage rates for different types of positions. Currently, employers do not have to provide a salary range in job advertisements. This means that employees may face gender penalties in job offers received. This is one of the many factors underpinning the current gender differences in salaries identified across the U.S.

The definition of “work” allows wage comparisons across job types and industries. There has been a move to use the term “substantially similar work” on the mainland. This allows for a more thoughtful consideration of salaries, based on the examination of the actual tasks, rather than just the job titles.

We know that bias and stereotypes of employers affect the wages of people perceived to be different from their colleagues. Naming differences, as “protected classes” is a way of shielding people from employment harm, and providing them with legal redress when they are harmed. For this reason, an expansion of “protected classes” to include “gender identity or expression, arrest and court record, or domestic or sexual violence victim status,” among others, is important, and a welcome step forward in a time of increased hate crimes and discriminatory actions.

Greater attention paid to factors diminishing women’s pay packets in comparison to those of their male colleagues results in a happier work force. These types of laws benefit employers as well as employees, in moving Hawaii toward a more gender- equitable work environment.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: New Year Hope: Fewer Victims of Sex Assault, Harassment — Jan. 1, 2019

AAUW Honolulu member Serena Del Mundo and women’s rights attorney Elizabeth Fujiwara penned this opinion piece about sexual harassment and assault in Hawaii.

Read it here or if you aren’t a subscriber to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, read it below.

New year hope: Fewer victims of sex assault, harassment
By Serena Del Mundo and Elizabeth Fujiwara

January 1, 2019

With 2019 here, it’s time to reflect on the past year and work to improve this year. We’d like to see the state of Hawaii resolve that paradise is no place for sexual harassment or assault.

The issue of sexual harassment was in the spotlight during the last legislative session, when former state House Speaker Rep. Joe Souki admitted to the state Ethics Commission that he touched and kissed “more than one woman in ways that were inappropriate and unwelcome” and made sexual comments, including comments on physical appearance, to more than one woman. Souki was forced to quit.

This was just one example of sexual harassment at the workplace. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed charges of sexual harassment in 93 cases in 2017. This was from an overall total of 294 charges — or nearly a third of the agency’s total filed in Hawaii.

However, in 2016, the EEOC also reported that about 75 percent of sexual harassment cases go unreported. Even more distressing: the EEOC estimates anywhere from 25 percent to 85 percent of women experience sexual harassment. Industries that are male-dominated, service industries and women in low-wage positions all have higher instances of sexual harassment, according to the National Women’s Law Center.

Women in low-paid service jobs in Waikiki seem to demonstrate the findings of the law center.

The EEOC took action against numerous Waikiki bars for their hostile work environments, and one of the issues fought for by the hotel workers in their recent 51-day strike were policies to better protect service staff from sexual harassment from hotel customers.

According to the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office, 601 cases of rape were reported statewide in 2016, making up 17.4 percent of the violent crimes reported for the year.

But like sexual harassment, many rape cases go unreported. A National Institute of Justice report found that only 36 percent of rapes, 34 percent of attempted rapes, and 26 percent of sexual assaults were reported in a study that looked at statistics from 1992 to 2000.

The NIJ study also found the reasons for not reporting rape or sexual assault were self-blame or guilt; shame, embarrassment, or the desire to keep the assault a private matter; humiliation or fear of the perpetrator or other individual’s perceptions; fear of not being believed or of being accused of playing a role in the crime, and lack of trust in the criminal justice system.

Those reasons could also be why so few sexual harassment cases are reported.

It’s important that with this new year, the state understand that sexual harassment and rape cases are complex matters. Victims need to be safe, feel safe and be taken seriously. Reports of the backlog of rape kits yet to be processed by the Honolulu Police Department, some of them older than the six-year statute of limitations for rape, does not serve the victims or the justice they seek.

The U.S. Department of Education, under Betsy DeVos, is proposing changes to the policies regarding sexual harassment. Under DeVos’ proposal, sexual harassment would not be reportable unless it’s so severe and pervasive that it “denies” a student’s access to education — i.e., the student has been forced to drop out of a class or out of school altogether.

We urge Hawaii to ensure that current federal Title IX guarantees are also state guarantees.

While most of the exposure Title IX receives is through high school and college sports, such as the recent class-action lawsuit involving Campbell High School’s female student athletes, Title IX also ensures girls and women have procedures in place and rights when dealing with sexual harassment and sexual assault issues in any school that receives federal funding.

Our sincere hope is that in the coming year, a real, meaningful change for the better can be made and there will be fewer victims of sexual harassment and assault.

New Member Profile: Diane Radcliffe

Diane Radcliffe has been a member of AAUW for 45 years, joining in 1973 after she graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

She joined AAUW a little after moving to South Bend, In, on her graduation day. When she moved to Hawaii, she joined AAUW Honolulu and was an active member for many years.

Diane was a founding member of AAUW’s Diamond Head/Koko Head branch. She’s held several different positions for that group, including President on several occasions.

Talk Story Tuesday (March 2019)

Due to overwhelming response, RSVPs for March’s Talk Story Tuesday are closed

You won’t want to miss this Talk Story Tuesday — we’ll screen and discuss RBG, the documentary about Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We’ll provide drinks and snack during the screening, with enough time for discussion.
We’ll also have a  Ruth Bader Ginsburg costume contest! There’s three categories to compete in:

  • Best RBG-Style Collar
  • Best Contemporary RBG
  • Best 1970s-Era RBG

Doors open — 5:30 p.m.
Mingling/food — 5:30 to 6 p.m.
Screening of RGB — 6 p.m. to 7:35 p.m.

Psst…spread the word and invite your friends and family!

All ages welcome!

When: March 12, 2019.
Where: The movie theater at Waiea Condos (1118 Ala Moana Blvd).
Guests must RSVP ahead of time so that they can be admitted at the door
Parking: No parking in the building; street parking is available.

Co-sponsored by Hawaii Women Lawyers and Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii.