More Than 70 Years of Championing Equity for Women
AAUW seeks to promote inclusion and awareness for all members to create an equitable, sustainable and inclusive membership reflective of today’s world.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Child abuse prevention is important to us in Shasta County because we have a rate that is twice that of the state of CA. Let’s ask ourselves: How are our children? And we need to think about ALL of our children.
Shasta County has very high adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). ACEs are measured by asking a parent if they had the following in their family prior to the age of 18: emotional and/or physical neglect, emotional/physical/sexual abuse, family substance use, parental separation, household mental illness, incarcerated family member or domestic violence. These experiences change the way that those parents think and act as they raise their own children. We completed a study of Shasta County in 2012 that showed the following:
- Households have twice the CA state prevalence of family substance use (about 57%)
- Households have three times the CA state prevalence of incarcerated family members (about 17%)
- Households have twice the CA state prevalence of physical abuse (about 35%)
- Households have twice the CA state prevalence of domestic violence (about 30%)
When you add the additional community issues of poverty, poor housing, discrimination, joblessness/low paying jobs - our children are growing up in a relatively marginal world. And the result is not good for them:
- Average enrollment in MediCal of children under 21: 55.5% (California is 48%)
- Percentage of children living below the federal poverty threshold: 23.3% (California is 19.5%)
- Percentage of children meeting or exceeding grade level in reading: 49%
- Students suspended from school: 54.8/1000 (California 34.7/1000)
There are no quick and easy solutions to providing a quality life for each child. One way to change a child’s life is to pay attention to the children in your world. Smile at a child and say hello. Put a “little library” in your front yard. Sponsor a child to an event or a summer program. Change public policy that affects our children.
Let’s give all our kids a chance.
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We bring people together for the common goal of breaking through educational and economic barriers for women and girls.
Our Mission Is Sound
Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
AAUW Redding Branch
When you join the AAUW Redding Branch, Inc., you join over 13,000 members in California with a long-standing commitment to equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and philanthropy. Since 1942, our branch has served members from throughout Northern California. Membership is open to those with an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate, or higher degree from a qualified educational institution.
Branch membership offers friendship with like-minded people and an arena for making a positive contribution to your community.
Membership is open to anyone holding an associate or equivalent (RN), baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Students who are currently enrolled in college may apply for a Student Affiliate membership.
Branch membership offers friendship with like-minded people and an arena for making a positive contribution to your community. Benefits include a subscription to California PERSPECTIVE, our state print publication.
Local dues include state and national membership. Sharing and supporting the values and positions of AAUW is very important. In addition to the Association benefits offered all AAUW members, branch members enjoy opportunities to network at the local level, sponsor community action projects to promote equity, and serve in branch leadership positions.
AAUW’s policy work connects and rallies advocates at the local, state, national, and global levels to advance our work to empower women and girls. With the member-endorsed Public Policy Priorities as our guide, AAUW uses lobbying and grassroots efforts to push forward policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women.
Members may pay dues online at the national website by following the link below.