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Equal Pay Day is Today, Tuesday, April 10

This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Remember to wear red in solidarity!

Urge your representatives to fight for fair pay:

This year, AAUW has observed or will observe the following additional equal pay days:

Susan H.

Thursday, 3/15: Bus trip to NYS Museum & Albany Institute

Join AAUW Kingston on a bus trip to see marvelous exhibits at two Albany museums,
featuring Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial at the NYS Museum

9 AM – Leave Kingston Plaza (Hannaford parking lot – the section near the ball field)

10:30 AM – Visit the Albany Institute of History & Art (entrance fee included in trip cost)
Current exhibits:
– Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Fashion from the Albany Institute Collection
– The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute
– Nineteenth-Century American Sculpture: Erastus Dow Palmer and His Protégés Launt Thompson, Charles Calverly, and Richard Park
– A Gather of Glass: Selections from the Museum’s Collection
– Ancient Egypt
– Traders and Culture: Colonial Albany and the Formation of American Identity

12 noon – Bus to NYS Museum

12:15 PM – Drop off at NYS Museum. Lunch on your own at the new onsite café (handicapped-accessible), or, cross the street for more choices on the Concourse

1:15 PM – Visit NYS Museum, featuring the Women’s Suffrage exhibit (free, donations accepted)

Some current exhibits:
– New York’s Suffrage Centennial
– Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal (Phase One)
– A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War
– Adirondack Wilderness Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection – Beneath the City: An Archeaological Perpective of Albany Bird Hall
– Ice Ages
– M&T Bank New York State Museum Earthquake Center
– Minerals of New York
– Native Peoples of New York

3 PM – Leave NYS Museum

4:30 PM – Arrive at Kingston Plaza

$45 for AAUW members, $50 for non-members
Includes comfortable bus, tip, & Art Institute entrance fee

To register – By 3/1, send check made out to AAUW Kingston to: Marjorie Bot, 58 Twin Ponds Drive, Kingston, NY 12401

For more info, contact trip coordinator Lynn Gore: 845-687-9210,

2/23: Gov. Cuomo’s Council on Women & Girls: Regional Empowerment Forum at SUNY New Paltz

RSVP by 5 PM today, Thursday, February 22 to:

and join Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul & the New York Civil Liberties Union at Gov. Cuomo’s Council on Women and Girls: Regional Empowerment Forum —

When:  Friday, February 23, 10 AM

Where:  Student Union Multi-Purpose Room, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz

Parking: In the Route 32 Parking Extension

Goal:  To develop an empowerment action plan and discuss the intersectionality of the women’s agenda for the Mid-Hudson Valley region.

Black History Month in Kingston

There is a lot of great stuff happening for Black History Month
in Kingston, starting with:

Economic Film Series: Black Wall Street
Friday, February 2
6 PM to 8 PM
AJ Williams-Myers African Roots Library
43 Gill Street, Kingston

Black History Month Kingston: Kick-Off Event
Saturday, February 3
1 PM to 5 PM
Lace Mill, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston

More info:

1/22 & 1/24 — Two showings of “Birthright: A War Story”

This film will be shown twice locally, as a remembrance of the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade, and to illuminate some of the current events surrounding this landmark decision.

Monday, January 22, 8 PM, Upstate Films, 6415 Montgomery Street (Route 9), Rhinebeck

Wednesday, January 24, 7:15 PM, Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale

Get to one of these screenings if you can, and bring your family and friends!…Susan H.

11/6: 100th anniversary of NYS women winning the right to vote

NYS Women Vote!

Honoring the Past 100 Years: November 1917 to November 2017

There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on in New York this month, and beyond.
Let’s honor our heritage as we move forward to our future!

Here are a few important dates to keep in mind:

Saturday, November 4, 2017 to May 13, 2018
A Special Exhibit at the NYS Museum in Albany celebrating women’s suffrage
history —
Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial

Monday, November 6, 2017
The 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Election Day!
Polls are open from 6 AM to 9 PM.

Please send any other local or state centennial-related events my way for our website calendar – thanks!…Susan H.

11/7: Election Day, including 3 Ballot Proposals

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, is Election Day!
Please get out and vote.
Encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to vote too.
We have many local elections and three ballot proposals.

Turn Your Ballot Over!
There are three important proposals on the back of the ballot:

Proposal Number One: Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution?

Proposal Number Two: Allowing the Complete or Partial Forfeiture of a Public Officer’s Pension if He or She is Convicted of a Certain Type of Felony

Proposal Number Three: Authorizing the Use of Forest Preserve Land for Specified Purposes

For information about what these amendments will do if they are approved and the background of each of the proposals, go to:

Polls are open in our area from 6 AM to 9 PM.
Call me if you need a ride to the polls.
Susan H, 845-389-3961,

Election information (LWV website)

Board of Elections websites
– Dutchess County:
– Greene County:
– Ulster County:
– NYS:

10/12 + 10/16: Forums on the NYS Constitutional Convention ballot proposal

AAUW Kingston branch members,
Here is some information about two upcoming educational sessions / forums regarding the November 7 ballot proposal on the NYS Constitutional Convention. I strongly encourage
you to attend one or both of these to learn about this important proposal.

1. Tonight, October 12, 6:30 to 8 PM —

New York State Constitutional Convention: Yes or No? What it is and what it means to New York State Residents

Morton Memorial Library
82 Kelly Street

More information

2. Monday, October 16, 6 PM to 8 PM —

Yes or No? A New York State Constitutional Convention?

Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz

More information

Please let me know if you hear of other events like these – thanks!…
Susan Holland, 845-389-3961