Our branch aunched its 2018-2019 membership year with a program on gender equity Sept. 23 at the Los Altos Main Library. The keynote speaker, Emily Carian, spoke on “Gender Equity: What’s Taking So Long?”

Carian, adoctoral candidate at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, discussed her research, which focuses on interviewing men who are self-described “feminists” or “men’s rights activists.”

Four middle-school girls who received scholarships to attend the Grace Hopper Tech Trek camp at Stanford over the summer also spoke. The girls attended classes and workshops in aero engineering, marine biology and cyber security, among many science and technology areas.

Chinwe Idika and Jocelyn Lombera, both Foothill College students, had received branch scholarships to attend AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. They have both moved on to college, so they sent a slide show highlighting their experiences.