AAUW Southern NH Branch News 

First Program in Civic Engagement Series – Part 2

      The Southern NH Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) was pleased with the first program in their Civic Engagement Series – Part 2 that featured Professor Monica Galizzi Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Economics and a Senior Associate of the Center for Women and Work at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her focus was the gender wage gap giving reasons why US women still earn only around 82 cents for every $1 earned by men.

Dr. Monica Galizzi

      The program described below was developed by AAUW and mentioned several times by Dr. Galizzi in her presentation

Closing the Gender Wage Gap – Work Smart Online - FREE Course

      While waiting for the economy to get back on track, consider a program developed by AAUW to help women in salary negotiation. Work Smart Online is a free course that helps women earn the pay they deserve. To access the online course type in your search bar and begin preparation to negotiate a better salary and benefits. An easy, engaging e-tool will teach participants to learn the market value of their skills and experience, determine an equitable “target salary” based on skills and experience, and ask for the pay they deserve. In surveys nearly all participants reported having more confidence and better negotiating skills after taking the class. For additional information, contact Susan Hoover at 213-6601.

      Two more programs in the Civic Engagement Series – Part 2 are being planned for 2021. On Tuesday, January 26, photographer and author Becky Field and SNHU alumna Mahboba Akhtarzadah will present their program, Diversity in New Hampshire, via Zoom. The third program is still being planned. 

AAUW Southern NH Branch Book Discussion Program for 2020-21

      The following is the list of books chosen for discussion for the 2020-21 season. Discussions are expected to be held via Zoom. Questions will be sent out ahead of time. If interested in participating please contact one of the book discussion facilitators: Mary Marsh at, or Linda Pellerin at 

Monday, November 2nd, 2020 “The Radium Girls” by Kate Moore 

Monday, January 6th, 2021 “Saints for all Occasions” by Courtney Sullivan 

Monday, March 1st, 2021 “The Moment of Lift” by Melinda Gates 

Monday, April 5th, 2021 “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett 

Monday, May 3rd, 2021 “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead 

Monday, June 7th 2021 “The Beekeeper of Aleppo” by Christy Lefteri 

      AAUW’s mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. It is a non-partisan non-political organization that never endorses candidates or specific parties. The organization whose roots date back to the 1880s has two branches in NH. The Southern New Hampshire Branch, established in the 1970s, hosts a variety of programs concerning women's education and equity issues that are open to the public. Members of the branch live in the following New Hampshire communities: Amherst, Dover, Exeter, Hanover, Hollis, Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Wilton, and Wolfboro. For more information about the organization contact Membership Co-chair Liz MacMillan at

Amherst Garden Club Presents: Holiday Pies: Sweet & Savory

November 5, via ZOOM

      Making pies isn’t as hard as you might think! Chef Liz Barbour will talk about the history of pies, how to make tender, flaky crusts, and what sweet and savory fillings to use on Thursday, November 5.

      Following the discussion, Liz will demonstrate how to make the perfect pie crust followed by the demonstration of two delicious pies you can try at home. Recipes will be provided in advance for those who wish to bake along with Liz!

      Liz Barbour has been cooking professionally in the Boston area since 1992 and started The Creative Feast in 2004.

Chef Liz Barbour of Creative Feast

Liz’s cooking demonstrations and recipes have been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, Channel 9’s “Cooks Corner” and in various publications including New Hampshire Magazine. In 2017 Liz published her first cookbook “Beautifully Delicious: Cooking with Herbs & Edible Flowers.”

      During the COVID-19 pandemic, the garden club has been meeting online. Our business meeting will begin at 9:15 am, followed by Liz’s presentation at 10:30 am. Advanced registration is required for the presentation and attendance is limited to 100. Garden club members will have preference, but if there are unfilled spots we will open it up to the public. Contact the garden club at if you would like to attend the business meeting or be added to the waiting list for Liz’s presentation.

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