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AAUW members mentor students, host international women's advocate


Last updated 4/27/2018 at 8:50am

Nancy Heins-Glaser photos

The Balboa Park outing with mentors from the American Association of University Women, Feb. 20, included mentees, from left, Marisol Gonzalez, Bibiana Garcia, Jimena Ramirez, Paula Serrano, Esmeralda Gutierrez, Dulce Serrano, Suzetty Castellanos and Juana Raymundo. Not pictured is Alejandrina Lopez and Lee Leal.

FALLBROOK – Six mentors from the American Association of University Women and 10 Fallbrook High School mentees visited the Balboa Park museums, Feb. 20, during their Presidents Day vacation week. The girls had the opportunity to appreciate different styles of art from around the world and especially enjoyed the Latino collection on display at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Other museums visited were the Mingei International Museum; the Museum of Man where there was a special exhibit featuring the variety of races around the world and how societies have changed over time; the Timken Museum of Art and the Japanese Friendship Garden. The cool and sunny day was perfect for soaking in culture, beauty and sunshine, the mentors said. The group also enjoyed a picnic lunch in the Alcazar Garden.

The AAUW annual joint meeting with the Temecula Branch, March 3, featured speaker Anne Hoiberg, a member of the board of the Women's Museum of California, San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Inductee and international women's activist.

At the joint Fallbrook-Temecula annual meeting, March 3, members of the American Association of University Women host four important women from the past, from left, Frida Kahlo, Mary Jean Gordon, Laurel Groshong, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Leader, Eleanor Roosevelt, Anne Hoiberg, Annette Losin, Jeanie Curtright and Jan Clark-George. Gordon, Groshong, Losin and Clark-George are members of the Temecula Branch of AAUW.

Hoiberg has been an activist for women through her many activities. She has written over 130 scientific articles and presented at more than 90 conferences around the world. She has worked on women's health issues, women in the military, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and stress-related disease. Hoiberg has also written two books: "Women and the World of Work" and "Women as New 'Manpower.'"

In addition to her international work, Hoiberg headed local chapters of the League of Women Voters, the National Women's Political Caucus and the United Nations Association, as well as working with many other organizations. She spoke of AAUW's struggle from "Empowering Women since 1881" to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Past advocates for women equality have made much progress, but she cautioned the group that there is still more work to be done fighting for pay equity for women.

Program attendees were treated to a surprise "visit" by four remarkable women from the past; Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt and Frida Kahlo. Artist B.J. Lane, Peggy Scudder, Nancy Heins-Glaser and Jeannie Curtright brought these women from the past to life through the lifelike models that Lane created, and the rest of the team dressed in historic attire.

AAUW's goal is for all women to achieve their equal status as citizens of this country and the world. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both."


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