Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[072] MTSU group to meet Sept. 11 to further women’s role in higher education

MURFREESBORO — Women in higher education will get a boost from the American Association of University Women’s upcoming Murfreesboro branch meeting.

The gathering is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Forest Oaks Clubhouse, 1002 E. Northfield Blvd. It will include a potluck dinner and a silent auction to benefit AAUW’s educational opportunities and legal advocacy funds.

“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall” is the theme for the auction. Items up for grabs include mirrors, makeup, jewelry, hats, scarves, soaps and other products that enhance one’s beauty.

In addition, AAUW will be collecting donations of big and tall trash bags for the local domestic violence program.

AAUW’s purpose is to work toward equity for women and girls in education and in the workplace. Membership is open to anyone with a college degree. New members may join at the meeting for $36, which is half the price of usual dues.

Naomi Plant, AAUW’s MTSU chapter president, said numerous exciting events are on tap for the academic year, including collaborations with student groups such as Humans in Crisis and a get-out-the-vote promotion.

Plant, an MTSU student, was selected to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in Washington, D.C.

“What women need to do is raise each other up and trust each other and let the younger generation see us doing it so that they might have that example to go by,” Plant said.

For more information, contact Dr. B. Ayne Cantrell, MTSU professor emerita and president-elect of AAUW of Tennessee, at acantrell@comcast.net.

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