A Model for Girls and Women of All Ages

“I have four daughters who have grown or are still growing from childhood through adolescence to womanhood, learning what it is to be a woman and how to make their way in a world in which many men still believe they are entitled to rule. Observing and writing about Catherine, I learned to admire her remarkable human qualities — her intelligence, courage, perseverance, humor, wit, resourcefulness, lack of pretension. Over time, I have come to see her as a model — in some, if not all respects — for girls and women of all ages.”

–Robert K. Massie, author of Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Fascinated by writers, she wrote hundreds of letters to the philosophers and authors of her time. Here are a few of her pithy observations:


In my position you have to read when you want to write and to talk when you would like to read.


I am one of the people who love the why of things.


I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster.


I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly.


In politics a capable ruler must be guided by circumstances, conjectures and conjunctions.


Power without a nation’s confidence is nothing.


Men make love more intensely at twenty, but make love better, however, at thirty.


Your wit makes others witty.

Sing Truth to Power! We are separate and still not equal.

The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is a multicultural, inter-generational, grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a  power base to achieve equality for all women. The Caucus offers campaign training for candidates and campaign managers, as well as technical assistance and donations. State-and-local chapters support candidates running for office by raising money and providing volunteer assistance.

Without the Equal Rights Amendment can there be enforcement of equity for women in wages, pension, social security and health care?

The fight for women’s rights is about equal rights for everyone!

Therefore, NWPC has created a video to energize a sense of righteousness among young women who may know little or nothing of the issues around equity.

Visit it at:

The Service Convergence

What do waitresses and women enlisted as soldiers share in common? Wage equity!

Command Sergeant Major Jane Baldwin and Colonel Ellen Haring, both Army reservists, have just filed a lawsuit against the U.S. military’s restrictions on women in combat. They argue that being barred from assignments on the basis of gender violates equal protection under the Fifth Amendment. In February, the Pentagon opened 14,000 more positions to women in the military. However, serving in infantry, armor and special-operations units is still barred due to front-line combat.

Ultimately, such restrictions mean fewer opportunities to rise within the ranks, which results in lower current-and-future earnings and lower retirement benefits.

Meanwhile on the home front:

According to the 2012 Basic-Economic-Security Index, ninety percent of female servers do not earn enough to afford housing, utilities, food, transportation, child care, health care, and emergency and retirement savings. The same sorry state is true for seventy-five percent of male servers. In 1991, a federal provision established a sub-minimum wage ($2.15 per hour) for tipped workers, or $4,333 a year for full-time work. By comparison, the federal, full-minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, about $15,000 a year.

A national-nonprofit, restaurant-worker organization wants to raise the federal minimum wage for tipped workers to seventy percent of regular minimum wage.

Gender inequality is widespread among restaurant workers; female workers averaged $1.53 per hour less than male restaurant workers in 2009.

AAUW advocates for initiatives that seek to close wage gaps between men and women.

The Senate will vote June 5 on the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3220), which Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) reintroduced this week with a new bill number to bypass the committee process and go straight to the Senate floor. The bill contains the same content as legislation that fell victim to arcane Senate rules two years ago.

Needless to say, AAUW urges passage of the legislation!
AAUW has been on the frontlines of the pay equity battle for decades, issuing its first of several research reports on the wage gap way back in 1913! We’ve been dealing with this for a century now!

Equal pay for equal work is a simple matter of justice. Wage discrimination impacts the economic security of families today and directly affects retirement security as well. In Michigan, we can all thank Senator Stabenow for her steadfast support of this legislation.

Take a moment to help make this happen. Call 888-876-9527. You’ll receive talking points and be connected to your senators’ offices. In light of our recent Memorial Day remembrance, celebrate your freedom by participating in our democracy.  A lot of people have sacrificed life and limb so that we can!