Welcome to AAUW – Manhattan, Kansas!

International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018

The AAUW Manhattan Branch hosted its third annual Internal Women’s Day celebration on March 8, 2018 with a women leaders breakfast, dinner, and public forum of international women at the Holiday Inn.  From left, program co-VP Connie Noble, moderator and city commissioner Usha Reddi, panelist and K-State student services coordinator Madai Rivera (Mexico), panelist and K-State art professor Rebecca Hackemann-Bahlmann (UK/Germany), panelist and GTM graphic artists Ng’ang’a (Kenya), president Mary Mary Stamey, and program co-VP Treasa Landis.


Chi Ehie – Nigeria
Chi came to the United States from Nigeria in 1989. She is a special education teacher in USD 383 in the Ogden Elementary School. Chi has dual citizenship.

Rebecca Hackemann-Bahlmann – Great Britain/Germany
Rebecca grew up in Germany and the UK. She is a British/German conceptual artist and has exhibited internationally and nationally for 22 years – in London, England, The Netherlands, and in New York (where she lived for many years), and San Francisco, CA.

Mary Ng’ang’a – Kenya
Mary is a native of Kenya. She recently accepted a position as a graphic artist with GTM Sportswear and relocated to Manhattan. During her undergraduate studies, Mary was awarded an AAUW scholarship and had an internship with Judith & James in Kenya, an organization that provides Kenyan women with skills that lead to employment opportunities that alleviates them from poverty.

Madai Rivera – Mexico
Madai currently serves in a dual role at K-State as Assistant to the Vice President for Student Life, & Coordinator for Academic Services & Diversity in the College of Human Ecology’s Office of the Dean. She has two degrees from K-State. She has enjoyed traveling to Turkey, Bolivia, and various states in the US and her native country, Mexico. Madai loves to laugh, spend time with family, jog, eat, ride sports motorcycles and nice hot weather.

AAUW Booth at the Manhattan Town Center Community Fair

Darla Cobb and Maurine Pruitt

The AAUW Manhattan Branch was one of the 55+ community organizations that had a display booth at the Manhattan Town Center Community Fair on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  Branch members shared information about our branch programs, monthly meetings, fellowships and grants, membership levels, and the student organization at K-State.

AAUW Manhattan Branch

The AAUW Manhattan (KS) Branch is one of the seven active branches in Kansas and was established in 1920. Our members are knowledgeable, interesting women of various ages and backgrounds joined together to promote the interests and provide support to women and girls in our growing, vibrant community.  We also thoroughly enjoy just being together!  K-State students and faculty can further take advantage of AAUW’s programs and resources by participating in the new student organization, AAUW at Kansas State University.  Learn more under the K-STATE PARTNER section or visit them on Facebook @AAUW at K-State.

Important goals for our local branch are:

    • Passionately uniting to promote the advancement and equity for women in education, career paths, pay, leadership, and economic and political opportunities.
    • Networking locally and nationally with women who support equal opportunities and advancement for women and girls.
    • Sustaining AAUW-Manhattan Branch heritage to the community by providing branch scholarships to K-State non-traditional female students.
    • Promoting AAUW National fellowships and grants to women scholars and community projects that benefit women and girls.

A Manhattan (KS) Branch membership form is available in the Join section.

Interested in obtaining more information about upcoming meetings or membership?  Please contact: 

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U.S. Cities Reveal a Wide Range of Gender and Racial Pay Gaps

No matter how you break down the gender pay gap numbers — by state, age, educationrace, or occupation — the gap is substantial. And cities are not immune to this pervasive problem, as our new analysis indicates.

AAUW has created a tool for those seeking to understand and reduce the gender pay gap across the United States: a breakdown of the 2016 pay gap in 25 major metropolitan areas. This new analysis examines the pay gap between men and women working full time, year-round, and includes information about disparities based on race and ethnicity.

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Starbucks Commits to Pay Equity

      March 21, 2018

equal pay for allWASHINGTON — American Association of University Women (AAUW) Chief Executive Officer Kim Churches issued the following statement in response to Starbucks’ announcement concerning the company’s pay equity and paid leave policies.

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How We as AAUW Can Fight Sexual Harassment

This story originally appeared in the winter 2018 Outlook magazine.

During her history-making testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in October 1991, Anita Hill, J.D., made a remarkable understatement: “It would have been more comfortable to remain silent. … I felt that I had to tell the truth. I could not keep silent.”

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Turns 70: Why We Should All #StandUp4HumanRights

human rightsThe year 2018 marks 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations, and today the global rights of women and girls are being proclaimed in marches, social media campaigns, and legislatures. While the world will never be free from conflict or violations of human rights, the UDHR set forth a foundation for a more just world — a world in which people are inherently born with dignity and fundamental rights; never had that idea been internationally recognized. Never had a single document been so effective at laying the groundwork for national and international protections against human rights abuses.

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