The American Association of University Women (AAUW) held its 47th National Convention at the Sheraton New Orleans hotel June 9-12. Director of the Irma Thomas Center for WISE Women Melanie Deffendall, Associate Professor of Sociology Raymonda Dennis, and Public Relations and Marketing Writer Dee Shedrick of Delgado Community College served as speakers during panel discussions at the conference. Deffendall and Dennis shared their thoughts and opinions in the “Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success” workshop, and Shedrick answered questions in “A View of Our Future: Stories from Young Women Leaders.”
The convention also awarded its Achievement Award to former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, its Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award to Linda T. Alpein, the founder of Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN), and its Alumnae Recognition Award to Tulane Professor Melissa Harris-Perry.
This year AAUW celebrated 125 years of fellowships and grants, 50 years since the Equal Pay Act (requiring that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work), and 40 years of Title IX (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions).
AAUW has been empowering women and girls since 1881.