Advancing Equity for Girls and Women With AAUW Boulder
As a female entrepreneur, and a woman who grew up having guidance from family and mentors who helped me value and learn confidence in pursuing personal and professional dreams, I continue to live by the mantra “you never know until you try.”
This same mantra fueled me with the gumption to forgo pursing a corporate events career to create COLLECTIVE/by Sachs and support couples in planning and designing a wedding day that feels genuine and authentic to what is most important to them. Working to support connected, happy couples was my passion, and my greater calling. Now imagine those girls and women who stop short of trying to pursue their goals or acheive their worth because of lack of confidence, resources, or education.
Optimistic about the positive opportunities women will continue to realize in our lifetime, I also know how far we have to go. Earlier this year, I was introduced to a local organization, the American Association (AAUW) of University Women Boulder Branch, with the mission of advancing equity for girls and women through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. As an organization with both national and local focus, I was excited to find an organization where I could join forces with likeminded women (and men) to support the female dreamers and doers here in Boulder County.
A core focus of AAUW Boulder is helping to educate professional women to negotiate their salary through AAUW's Work Smart workshops. On Saturday, December 2 at A View of the World Gallery in Boulder, AAUW Boulder hosted a sold out holiday celebration and fundraiser that generated $3,400 allowing us to host four additional AAUW Work Smart workshops. The event was supported by over 20 local businesses that donated more than 100 items for the silent auction allowing us to generate these critical funds. One such supporter being fellow wedding vendor, Sturtz and Copeland, Boulder’s largest florist and garden center since 1929.
Since getting involved with AAUW Boulder, I’ve been inspired to connect with businesses and individuals who want to help by taking actionable steps to help Boulder eliminate the gender pay gap. In 2016, women working full time were paid $.80 to every dollar earned by a man in America. The gap has narrowed since 1970 with more women joining the workforce and men’s wages rising at a slower rate. At the current rate of change however, women are not expected to see pay equity until 2119! (AAUW’s report, “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap," provides an in-depth look at the statistics and history of the gender pay gap.
AAUW Boulder was featured this week in the Boulder Daily Camera’s Non-Profit Spotlight talking more about local efforts to reduce the gender pay gap and other programs we're doing locally to support middle school girls gain interest in the careers of science, technology, engineering, and math. Read the full article here and if you’re interested in connecting further on this topic and programs, please connect!
And to those fellow female entrepreneurs out there, let’s continue to support and inspire one another to reach higher and higher, lead by example, and inspire the many girls and women in our path along the way!
Event hosted at A View of the World Gallery, in Boulder, Colorado. SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 celebration "An Irish Christmas" on Saturday, December 1 from 5:00 - 9:00 PM, also at A View of the World Gallery.