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Monthly Branch Program, October 2014

October 8 (Wednesday), 10:00 AM“Public Policy & Women’s Power” – Shirley Franklin, Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio St; Contact: Dr. Carol Fritz

Dr. Shirley Franklin spoke powerfully of her onetime roles as City Manager, working with Mayor Andrew Young of Atlanta, Georgia, and of her own 9 years as Mayor of Atlanta. She called herself the “sewer mayor” because she tackled the many violations of the Clean Water Act in her adopted hometown of Atlanta, working hard to make it “green.”  She lightly touched on her background which is replete with accolades and honors, including a 2005 “Profiles in Courage Award”, to talk about pay equity.  She argued that a woman applying for a job should “ask for as much salary as she can get her mouth to say.”  She mentioned working with the US Olympics Committee and making a fairly outrageous salary demand which they agreed to pay because they wanted her.  

She is currently serving as the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor of Ethics and  Political Values at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and plans to be in Austin for another year. She wowed her audience of 42 admirers on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. 

Monthly Branch Program September, 2014

September 13 (Saturday), 10:00 AM“Carole Keeton’s Perspective on Austin” – Carole Keeton was our featured speaker at the Norris Center, Northcross Mall, 2525 W Anderson Lane, Suite 540.

Lyne Cooksey & Carole Keeton

Lynn Cooksey & Carole Keeton, September 13th, 2014

Carole Keeton, formerly known as Carole Keeton Strayhorn, is the daughter of Page Keeton, former Dean of the UT Law School. Carole described how being mayor of Austin shaped her leadership skills and provided the framework for a long list of firsts as a woman in public service. She is notable for several “firsts” in Austin and Texas politics:  the first woman elected as mayor of Austin and the first Austin mayor elected to three consecutive terms, the first woman elected to the Texas Railroad Commission, the first woman elected as state Comptroller, the first woman to serve as president of the Austin school board and as president of the Austin Community College board.

(LtoR) Lynn Cooksey, Carole Keeton, Anita Knight, Diane Brewer, September 13th, 2014

Austin branch member Lynn Cooksey, whose husband was also mayor of Austin, has known Carole for over 50 years and invited Carole to join us for our first meeting of the 2014-15 program year. We celebrated Carole’s 75th birthday which just happened to be September 13.

“The people, not professional politicians, know best.”
  ~ Carole Keeton quote




Monthly Branch Program, August, 2014

August 17 (Sunday), 3-5:00 PMAnnual Summer Membership Social, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2128 Barton Hills Drive; Contact: Diane Brewer  – Y’all are invited!

The American Association of University Women, AAUW – Austin Branch, now in its 91st year of championing women’s rights, is having its annual summer Membership Social for current and prospective members.  In addition to publicizing our upcoming year of excellent monthly programs, the social will feature voter registration; information about our missions which include Mainspring Schools, Girlstart, Latinitas, and fellowships for scholars; and the opportunity to join a wide variety of interest groups which highlight fun and friendship.  Refreshments will be served!


Monthly Branch Program, August, 2013


Sunday, August 18th, 3–5:00 p.m.,
Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road, Austin 78703

Celebrate AAUW Austin! was our theme for this annual event, and we certainly have much to celebrate as we kick off the 2013‐2014 AAUW year!  A special cake honored 125 years of AAUW offering fellowships to deserving women, 90 years of our Austin Branch, 50 years of the Equal Pay Act guaranteeing paycheck fairness, and the celebration of former AAUW Austin President and still very active member Kay Goodwin’s 95th birthday!  Interest groups were featured, missions and opportunities to volunteer explored, and door prizes given!  Come and bring a friend!  No RSVP necessary, but for more information, contact Diane Brewer our Membership VP.


TITLE IX and Voting Rights Act of 1965: prize-winning websites

Austin Students work with AAUW & Win TWO National History Day Competitions

In 2012 four Austin, Texas middle school girls interviewed AAUW staff in D.C. for their entry in the National History Day Competition. Their website ( about the history of Title IX won first prize in the Junior Website Category.

TX girls preparing for history competition, meeting branch members at VJ’s house

In 2013 they had another winning entry in the National History Day competition; their project won the “History of Congress” special award, and they also placed 6th out of the 95 entries in the Senior Division Website category. The spark for the girls’ project on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 began with their visit to the AAUW National Office the prior year where they were asked to do a short video on why voting is important. It made the students realize that in the next presidential election they will be 18 and eligible to vote!  They were able to interview many civil rights leaders like Amelia Boynton (who is 101 years old), Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Vice-President Walter Mondale (who was a senator when this law was passed),  and many others as part of their research. The URL for their 2013 project is: .

CONGRATULATIONS!!!   Smrithi Mahadevan, Maanasa Nathan, Priya Ramamoorthy, and Kavya Ramamoorthy !!