April Newsletter

This month’s program: “Tea with Jackie”

April 17 at 2 pm: Tea with Jackie.  Join us to screen a video,  Suffrage Sing Along, and have a cup of tea.

 Join us as we watch Suffrage Sing Along, the new Jackie Marro creation about our Suffrage Centennial extravaganza last August. We’ll also have time to talk about the tea we are drinking and share our pandemic experiences.

April 17 at 2:00 pm on Zoom. Bit.ly/AAUWBennProgram 

Feature Story:  Jackie Marro Takes Us Behind the Scenes

Jackie created Suffrage Sing Along, a behind-the-scenes look at our Suffrage Centennial video and its premiere on the lawn of the Park-McCullough House.

Diversity Comic:

This month’s comic, by comic artist, Anna Moriarty Lev.  Part of a long pattern, the atrocity in Atlanta spark’s Anna’s fury; in her comic, she records the intersection of gender and race along rivers of hate over many years.


Sarah Winnemucca, Native American Author

This autobiographical work Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims (1883) was written by one of the country’s most well-known Native American women, Sarah Winnemucca, a Paiute princess and a major figure in Native American history. Her tribe still resides primarily in Nevada.

Please Vote in the National AAUW Election

Bennington Branch members know that non-degree members add to the talents and abilities available within our membership. Please vote in this election and vote for Open Membership in AAUW.

Meet AAUW Members

As we continue to feature “new members,” we will also include columns about other members, so that we can gradually get to know one another.  Would you like to interview a member you don’t know well or haven’t met?  Send an email to aauwbennvt@gmail.com and let us know whom you will write about.

New Member:  Ruth Giordano

New Member:  Jackie Marro

Meet Member:  Susan Blandy

Meet Member:  Marianne Dekoven

Resources of Interest: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Links

Each month, we will will include resources that relate to our program theme of diversity, equity, and inclusion, along with other items related to women’s history.  We invite members to recommend links to include in next month’s newsletter. Send an email to aauwbennvt@gmail.com

Schedule of Programs: Branch Calendar: April-June

The Program Committee presents its plans for the next 3 months, including an in-person picnic at Willow Park in June!

Book Group Selection for April:  Rubyfruit Jungle  by Rita Mae Brown

Join us for a discussion of this groundbreaking novel about coming to terms with one’s sexuality. Published in 1973, it was remarkable in its day for its explicit portrayal of lesbianism. The novel is a coming-of-age autobiographical account of Brown’s youth and emergence as a lesbian author.

Also, plan to read May’s Book Group selections:  Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel.

Newsletter Co-Editors: Gudrun Hutchins (vtGudrun@comcast.net) and Dawn Rodrigues (dawn.rodrigues@gmail.com)