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Spring is coming! And along with it a return to Forum by our inaugural and most popular presenter: Professor Chris O’Sullivan, PhD. His account of the history of Sonoma County promises to be equally as educational and entertaining as his history of California was in 2015.

Contested Eden: A History of Sonoma County
Thursday Mornings, March 16 – April 20, 2017

Join AAUW members, family and friends as Chris guides us through the history of our own Sonoma County from its earliest days to our present day society. A fascinating look back in time with the emergence of little known details and a few surprises along the way. Click here for more information on our forum page.

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March 7, 2017 — SPEAKER SERIES
HEALDSBURG HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY
1024 Prince Avenue, Healdsburg, CA
5:00 Social Gathering — 5:30 Business Meeting — 5:45 Speaker

Shannon Smith-Crowley
Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney
Representing AAUW California

SHANNON SMITH-CROWLEY — has been a registered lobbyist in California for almost 20 years.  After a 4 year tenure advocating with the California Medical Association, where she focused on managed health care, legal issues and reproductive health, she founded Partners In Advocacy to specialize in reproductive health advocacy.  She helped develop California law that requires maternity coverage in all health insurance policies and prohibit gender rating in health insurance, well before the enactment of similar provisions in the Affordable Care Act.   In 2015, Shannon joined Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney, one of Sacramento’s most venerable law firms.  She, and the firm’s latest addition Alicia Lewis continue to represent AAUW at our State Capitol to press on with AAUW California’s public policy priorities.


GEMS go to Facebook in Menlo Park

To help mentor young girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), we have developed a program called GEMS. Recently we took a dozen high school girls on a field trip to Facebook in Menlo Park.  The girls were impressed with the FB mission to connect everyone on the planet. And were bowled over with the new virtual reality hardware (see photo).

The girls were thrilled to discover that there were far more job opportunities other than straight computer engineering. In fact one girl is now planning to apply with the hope the company can combine her love of acting with her experience in chemical engineering.  (Note: we were told it’s possible.)