Twenty Moody High School senior girls were recognized by the AAUW Corpus Christi Branch for their achievements at a joyful reception on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the high school library.
Each senior girl was selected by school counselors to be honored and to receive $100 each, funded through the AAUW book sales.
The reception speaker, Dr. Claudia Rueda, Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, offered the girls five points of advice to help them perform well and enjoy their first-year classes.
The girls listened attentively to her advice and the description of her university experiences at Dartmouth in New Hampshire, where she majored in pre-med studies. She planned to become a doctor in honor of her deceased family relative.
In a non-science course, Latin American History, she discovered students who shared her South Texas home background, and she broadened her understanding of United States-South America connections, a new focus of her study. Dr. Rueda continued studies in Latin America at the Master and Ph.D. levels at University of Texas-Austin.
The senior girls warmly thanked Dr. Rueda for her presentation, and they thanked us for the reception and our regard for them.
AAUW attendees included Dottie Ewing, Shirley Selz, Susan Birchfield, Nancy Wesson Dodd, and Diana Cardenas — co-chairperson of the Community Outreach Committee.
Article by Dr. Diana Cardenas
The AAUW Corpus Christi Branch was one of several co-sponsors for the Equal Pay Day Workshop and Luncheon held April 2, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 900 Shoreline Dr. Over 100 women – and a few men – attended the event.
Kristin Diaz from KIII News served as the luncheon host and moderator, introducing the panel speakers: Judge Inna Klein, Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and Amy Villarreal from Work Force Solutions.
- Judge Inna Klein spoke about Equal Pay legislation
- Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford addressed women’s roles and empowerment
- Amy Villarreal provided information about services available from the Work Force Solutions and about open positions that need more women to apply
April 2nd symbolizes the point in 2019 when white women’s earnings finally match what their male counterparts earned in 2018. Dates for black women and Hispanic women are much later – July 31st and November 2nd.
Read Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford’s guest column, “Let’s End the Need for Equal Pay Day,” that ran in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on April 14, 2019.
The gender pay gap is the gap between what men and women are paid. Most commonly, it refers to the median annual pay of all women who work full time and year-round, compared to the pay of a similar cohort of men. Other estimates of the gender pay gap are based on weekly or hourly earnings, or are specific to a particular group of women.