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The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Bethesda-Chevy Chase
Programs 2018-2019
Saturday, September 15, 10:00 a.m., Fox Hill

Trump’s Foreign Policy:  Allies and Foes
Mark Medish

The election of Donald Trump has had profound implications for the US and the international community.  This year we have seen attacks on NATO and some of our closest allies, while President Trump simultaneously courts leaders of Russia and North Korea.  Mark Medish will discuss the implications of the Trump presidency from an international perspective.  He has a unique view on US foreign policy.  He served as The White House as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Senior Director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council, 2000-2001.  He also served at the U.S. Treasury as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, under Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers, from 1997 through 2000.   He also worked at the State Department and UNDP.  Medish is CEO of The Messina Group International.

Medish was previously president of Guggenheim International, a division of the diversified financial services firm Guggenheim Partners LLC, with over $220 billion of assets under management.  Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2012, he was Executive Vice President of APCO Worldwide, Inc., a global public affairs firm.

Medish worked with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he served as Vice President for Studies focusing on Eurasia and China. He was a partner at the international law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, where he led an advisory practice on sovereign debt restructuring and emerging markets investment.

Medish was educated at Georgetown, Harvard, and Oxford.  He has held Fulbright, Luce, Mellon, and Shintaro Abe scholarships.

1. Congratulations to AAUW’s 2018-19 Fellowship and Grants  Awardees!

The 2018–19 award year kicked off with the release of our updated online Fellowships and Grants directory in which you can find out more about the remarkable women and organizations from your area! To learn more about AAUW’s fellowships and grants programs and past awardees, visit our fellowships and grants web page and read our Following the Fellows blog series.

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2. Supreme Court Review Call

Join us on July 26 we review several of the significant decisions reached by the Supreme Court of the United States during the October 2017 term. Ebonee Avery-Washington, LAF program manager, will host the conference call and Deborah J. Vagins, AAUW’s senior vice president of public policy and research, will share her analysis of cases that impact our most fundamental rights.

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3. AAUW Issues: Federal Judicial Nominations

AAUW’s Public Policy Priorities supports “a fair, balanced, and independent judiciary” to ensure constitutional protection for the civil rights of all individuals. Federal courts up to and including the Supreme Court are often also the last, best hope for women who have experienced discrimination in education, employment, health care, and other aspects of their lives.

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4. Know Your Rights: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The #CivilRightsAct recently turned 54, but  gender and race discrimination in the workplace remain a serious problem. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion.


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5. 9 Things We Learned about Leadership at NCCWSL.

At the 2018 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, nearly 800 students from around the world gathered to build community and sharpen their leadership skills. Here are some of our favorite moments that had us clapping, snapping, and thinking hard about the future.

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6. Women’s Student Debt Crisis in the United States

This report reveals that women also take on larger student loans than do men. And because of the gender pay gap, they have less disposable income with which to repay their loans after graduation, requiring more time to pay back their student debt than do men. As a result, women hold nearly two-thirds of the outstanding student debt in the United States— almost $900 billion as of mid-2018.

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7. 46 Years of Title IX: Fight for Equity in Education Rages On

Women and girls still do not have equal educational experiences or opportunities.  In 1972, AAUW was at the forefront of advocating for the passage of Title IX, and we continue to fight to realize the full intent of the law, to ensure all students receive an education free from sex discrimination at every level of education across the land.  In a year where there have been rollbacks to the enforcement of the law, we need to push even harder to ensure it is protected and vigorously carried out.

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