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Real Women Run

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Women make up 50% of the population, but
Are underrepresented in public office at
All levels…let’s change that

 Real Women Run Fall Social
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 5:30 PM –7:30 PM
Log Haven, Millcreek Canyon Road

Real Women Run Kaleidoscope
For Diverse Female Candidates
Friday, January 13, 2017, 5:30 PM
YWCA Center for Families

Real Women Run Winter Training
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Salt Lake Community College, Miller Campus

Real Women Run Spring Training
Date and Location TDB

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This collaboration includes The YWCA, The Hinckley Institute of Utah, AAUW of Utah, The League of Women Voters, Utah Women & Leadership Project, Salt Lake Community College, Vision 2020 Utah, Springboard Utah, the Walker Institute at Weber State University, and Utah State University, Women’s Leadership Institute, and Women Lawyers of Utah.
Real Women Run is a collaborative effort of many women and groups in Utah, with the goal of empowering women to participate fully in public life and leadership, whether through running for elected political office at all levels, seeking appointments to public boards and commissions, working on campaigns, or learning more about the system. Civic engagement of women is paramount to the well-being of our communities, our state and our country. We have many skilled intelligent women in public office in Utah but we need many more.

Sharyl AllenRebecca Chavez-Houck (D), Minority WhipLegislators Sharyl Allen (R) and Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D) support the goals of Real Women Run. They know what it takes and why women engaging in civic involvement is so important for all of us.

AWE+SUM Camp at Westminster College, Salt Lake City

–by Sue Nissen, AWE+SUM Camp Volunteer Coordinator
AWE+SUM Camp is a four-day residential camp for girls who are entering 8th grade in the fall. Girls stay in a residence hall at Westminster and are well chaperoned day and night. The camp gives girls a chance to experience a college campus, with lots of fun activities: science + math hands-on workshops, mixed up with swimming, a climbing wall, and other on-campus activities, plus a chance to hike in the nearby canyons. Not only do girls see that college is exciting and fun, but they learn about many interesting career options in science-related fields.

72 campers participated in the 2016 season, which was the 12th AWE+SUM Camp summer. Workshops as always were all hands-on experiences. This summer campers made Wind Chimes, Kaleidoscopes, used computers for Code Breaking and for creating cell phone apps, studied brine shrimp on a field trip to the Great Salt Lake, learned about the structure of the brain, flew and land the Aviation lab’s jet simulator, had science lab experiences creating metallic slime and learning about shrinking plastic, and had get acquainted beading and friendship bracelet making sessions.

The 2017 camp is in the planning stages. Contact Sue Nissen for information. (

eSmart- St George

eSMART (exploring Science, Math and Related technologies) is a Summer Camp for Girls Sponsored by the St. George, Utah chapter of the American Association of University Women and Dixie State University to encourage our girls to reach high and love to learn so they can be anything they want to be.

The 2015 camp, extended this to four days and three nights in the dorms at DSU (first college experience), will include several STEM workshops taught by successful women with STEM careers. We will also have time for some fun, getting to know girls from other schools, learning to work together, interviewing STEM career women and being escorted by women college STEM students. We will spend some time talking about the barriers that might be put in our ways and methods of overcoming them.

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Tech Savvy-St. George

The St. George Branch was selected by AAUW to receive a grant of $6,000.00 to implement an AAUW National Tech Savvy Pilot Program, which was very successful. Tech Savvy is a one-day career conference designed to engage girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on activities. Parents and families can attend concurrent workshops on how to help their girls pursue college and career paths in STEM.


Women students from the University of Utah, Weber State, Utah State, Dixie State, and BYU have attended recent NCCWSL Conferences.

$tart $mart

As part of Women’s Week, the Eccles School’s Women in Business group co-hosted a $tart $mart workshop, which encourages women to get the best starting salary possible, as it affects their raises and bonuses for a lifetime. The training includes how to set a personal budget, determine salary benchmarks and negotiate for a first salary out of college. The three-hour workshop, was facilitated by Sally Hoffelmeyer-Katz of the Wasatch Branch of AAUW.

Start SmartThe gender wage gap — which in Utah means a woman makes 70 cents for every dollar a man makes — is often immediate, meaning women often start at a smaller salary than their equally qualified male peers. That gap continues to grow as bonuses, raises and benefits are often determined by a percentage of current salary. Over a lifetime of working, women make about $1 million less than their male counterparts.

The University of Utah began these workshops in 2014, and plans to continue through 2017 and perhaps beyond.

Elect Her

Elect Her–Campus Women Win, , the only national program that trains college women to run for student government and future office came to Utah in a big way. Weber State University, the University of Utah, and Dixie State University all won Elect Her grants in 2014 and held highly successful and well attended workshops. 88 percent of Elect her participants in colleges and Universities across the country won their bid for student government president last year.