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,
Sierra Burkart one of five finalists in California State Speech Trek Contest!
Last November, Sierra Burkart, 17, from Coulterville and a junior at Tioga High School, competed in the fourth annual AAUW Sonora Branch’s Speech Trek Contest. Sierra and three other secondary school students gave speeches on the topic of “Sexual harassment in schools…big deal?” She won first place and received $150. Sierra’s speech was taped and sent in to the California State AAUW for the state-level competition. Sierra placed in the top five finalists in California, winning an honorable mention and $250 in prize money. Sierra is interested in attending the San Francisco College of Art and hopes to become a graphic artist some day.