Welcome to the Greater St. Louis Metro Interbranch Council (IBC) of the American Association of University Women

Women typically are paid 80 percent of what men are paid. Use AAUW’s free Work Smart online workshop to learn how to ask for more.

 

 

 

Membership in the Saint Louis Interbranch Council (IBC) consists of AAUW branches located in the City of Saint Louis, Saint Louis County, Saint Charles County, Jefferson County, and Franklin County. The IBC meets  four times a year: August, November, February, and May.

See Minutes and Fiscal Reports

 WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW 

PLANT A YARD SIGN FOR WOMEN!

August 26, 2020, was the 100th Anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment. After 60 years of organizing, meeting, protesting, lobbying, and marching, women in every state were officially granted the legal right to vote. Of course, it took almost four more decades for women of color to be able to fully exercise that right. 100th Anniversary programs, proclamations, websites, and celebrations were planned across the nation, but many public events had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Kirkwood-Webster Groves AAUW Branch designed a celebratory sign in the colors of the U.S. suffragist movement and printed more than 500 signs for individuals and members of women’s organizations to purchase and display in their yard, window, community centers, or meetings. This is NOT a political project, and this is NOT a partisan effort. The sign is generic and has no display expiration date. A few signs are still available. Contact the Branch for more information or download and send in the order form.

Let’s celebrate our right to vote and show the St. Louis area how important this is to St. Louis women!

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS LECTURE SERIES

The annual International Relations Lecture Series that takes place from January through April is cosponsored by AAUW and the Tuesday Women’s Association of the Ethical Society of St. Louis. See the IRLS’s website for information about the 2021 series.

IBC BOOK CLUB

The IBC Book Club (AAUW’s Operation Equity, formerly Adelante), is currently on hiatus. Check back here for updates.

LEGISLATIVE RETREAT

The 2020 Missouri Women’s Network Legislative Retreat, cosponsored by AAUW, was canceled because of the pandemic. Check back here for updates about plans for 2021. View the issue papers from the planned 2019 Legislative Retreat (canceled because of snow).

WORK SMART

Area AAUW leaders met January 14, 2019, with AAUW Senior Vice President of Fellowships and Programs Gloria L. Blackwell to discuss the WorkSmart initiative and AAUW’s online salary negotiation course.

NCCWSL

The IBC sponsors one or more college women annually to attend the AAUW National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in May in College Park, Maryland. Funds are raised for this through various projects such as gift-wrapping in stores and contributions from the member branches.

Some testimonials from young women whom IBC has sent to NCCWSL:

Attending NCCWSL and getting the opportunity to surround myself with inspiring, ambitious, hard-working women from all walks of life was hugely encouraging for me, especially as a woman of color. The conference’s commitment to diversity and to creating a positive environment is unmatched and attending was an invaluable experience that I wish all women could have.—Sharon P.

I was encouraged and motivated by the many testimonies and experiences that were shared at the NCCWSL Conference.—Janet K.

The NCCWSL conference was a major show of female power, inspiration, and radical vulnerability for me when I needed it most.—Liz K.

For more information, contact Debbie.

SPRING FLING

The annual Spring Fling luncheon is the sole fundraiser for IBC activities and the opportunity for members of all branches to gather. The Barbara Lackritz Service Award is presented to a member at this event.

2021: Check back here for future updates about plans for the 2021 Spring Fling.

2020: The 2020 Spring Fling was canceled because of the pandemic.

2019: The 2019 Annual IBC Spring Fling on March 23 was held at The Highlands in Forest Park. The Barbara Lackritz AAUW Service Award was presented to Marsha Koch. See photos from the 2019 IBC Spring Fling.

2018: The 2018 Annual IBC Spring Fling Event, held on April 21, featured the 2018 Barbara Lackritz Awardee, Karen Francis, a “purse” fundraiser, an elegant luncheon at Glen Echo Country Club and fine entertainment.