Speech Trek 2013-14

Speech Trek, in its eighth year, is an AAUW California Project that begins on the branch level with a speech tournament for local students and culminates with three top statewide finalists performing their five-minute speeches at the AAUW California convention in April. 

 2013-2014 Topic: WOMEN AT THE TOP . . . why not?

The post WWII Women’s Movement has celebrated 50 years of progress…yet there is a ceiling on this progress in leadership roles for women.  Is there an ambition or opportunity gap?

Why are only 14% of private and governmental organizations led by women?  Why are only twenty-one of all Fortune 500 CEO positions held by women?  What issues do women face that contributes to this lack of substantial progress?

November 9, 2013, 2 p.m. Sonora Hills Clubhouse

Did you know that Speech is not a subject taught in our schools now? Our topic, as usual, is so very timely. Can we help young people see women as leaders by drawing their attention to the subject in high school? There aren’t a lot of role models for them in today’s society. Our contest is open to the public,

Four contestants gave 5 minute speeches on the topic “Women at the top… why not?”  A recording of first place winner, Sydney Jones’ speech was forwarded to the State contest.  Three contestants will be chosen from all the entries and those will compete at the State Convention to be held in Southern California in April 2014.  Good Luck Sydney!!