As an AAUW major donor, I'm confident that my contributions are used wisely and effectively to advance equity for women and girls. I highly recommend giving your time, talent, and treasure to this powerful organization!
I am a 44 year old female with a potentially fatal blood disorder called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. I have battled this disease for 25 years. I am also a victim of domestic violence. I have been in a domestic violence shelter numerous times and I am in one at the moment again. I have had my teeth knocked out, my right arm broken twice, numerous concussions and the mental and emotional abuse is unspeakable. I was a successful hairstylist for approximately 20 years and unfortunately I have had to go on disability due to my blood disorder and ptsd due to the years of abuse.. My mother abandoned me and my father is deceased. I am a very spiritual person with strong morals and a baptist belief background. I have been having to live in a tent, a vehicle, on peoples couches, and I recently was told by my abuser to get out again so I contacted a domestic violence shelter called CEASE in my area for support. They had turned me down before because of two ladies deviously wanting my bed and lying telling the staff that I was intoxicated on the premises. I was forced to leave due to their lies and have had to go through almost five years of homelessness and abuse due to their selfishness. I have to go to the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville Tennessee very frequently to receive plasma infusions for my blood disorder. I have no transportation now because my abuser and his mother took my vehicle from me and refused to get me to my treatments. They had gotten angry because I wouldn't sign a life insurance policy that the two of them wanted to take out on me so they threw me out on the streets again. I am in need of assistance but I don't know where to turn. I have spent the last year in court over an order of protection against my abuser of which the court system repetativly without any punishment. I am interested in all the knowledge and help I can receive in order to get my life back. It is very hard for me to ask for help because I have always loved helping others so very much. I have had many people ask if they could write a novel about my life and at the time I turned it down but now, I would allow it. Thank you very muck for your time. God bless each and every one of you.
AAUW has such a breadth of advocacy issues and programs to support women and girls! I've learned so much through my volunteer work with this organization and am impressed by the high quality programs and research.
AAUW has been a motivating element in my life. In 2015 I was given a scholarship to attend NCCWSL and it was so incredibly inspiring, filled with women advocates from all walks of life who are dedicated to serving their communities --whatever that might be-- by promoting equality. My involvement in AAUW has already led me to meet fantastic people in my community and in the world, but more importantly it has taught me to keep reaching, to keep striving and to keep believing in the work that women's rights advocates are doing. In this day and age, it is nice to know that their are so many committed people to bringing equality to young American women. Thank you AAUW!
AAUW is an incredible, supportive organization and the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders met their incredibly high standards. I learned about the true message of feminism, got the chance to interpret American Sign Language for over 1,000 people, and met other women I keep in touch with to this day. NCCWSL 2015 changed the way I look at the world and changed my life forever. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity AAUW gave me by providing me a scholarship for the event. I would highly recommend both the organization and the conference.
AAUW, is a tremendously great organization which serves in empowering women. As a student leader, my student life director informed me of the National Conference but since I had not the available funds, I was a little skeptical about it. She told me o ahead and apply for the scholarship and I did. I was so grateful and thankful when i received a mail saying I had been awarded. it was a beautiful experience being with other women and empowering each other for a better tomorrow. At the conference, i realized there were many more like me who had been awarded and I only thought yo myself "what a generous organization with a strong and profound vision" Thank you for the opportunity i received
I got the pleasure and wonderful experience of attending the NCCWSL conference this past may. I got to meet people that foster and bolster the growing ideals I have toward equity for women. I have kept in contact with the people I met and the workshops taught me valuable ways to create a conversation toward inclusion and continuing to advocate and work for women across the world who do not have the means to do for themselves. You get opportunities and chances to impact lives on a daily basis but to condense this memorable experience into a weekend is fantastic, empowering and necessary.
AAUW helps women from every background locally and nationally. They are trusted by policy makers and can demonstrate that the money given to them, will go directly to help train women and girls and develop research-based materials that will empower women in all parts of the country. We have a powerful AAUW group here in Houston that is assisted by a powerful state and national group.
NCCWSL was one of the most empowering experiences that I have ever had. I had the pleasure of attending this conference through a scholarship and I am more than grateful for all of the unforgettable memories that I made there! Every woman I met had a unique story to tell, the presenters were amazing, and I made friends that will last a lifetime. There's truly nothing more inspiring than a room full of over 1,000 college women student leaders.
As a long-time member of AAUW I am proud of their excellent national advocacy of issues pertaining to women and girls, including support of Title IX, women's health care, equal pay, sexual harassment on campus and equal math and science opportunities for all students, all of which is supported by AAUW's highly respected research. As a volunteer I have lobbied my governor and state legislature for better education and women's access to full health care. In return I have received valuable leadership training, a powerful sense of purpose, and a network of friends across the nation.
I'm excited and inspired by my membership in AAUW, even after 25+ years. It's the leadership training and development offered. It's the research findings that power our programming and empower members. It's the college/university student organizations that help us raise awareness about inequities. It's about action, outreach, collaborations, and awesome friendships!
My journey as a volunteer in AAUW has led me way beyond what I originally sought. I became a member of AAUW because I wanted to be a part of something bigger. What I receive keeps growing and growing: I am a more effective advocate; I am connected to AAUW leaders nationwide through social media, and am involved in supporting leaders; I am informed on current issues impacting women and girls, and connect directly with my federal and state legislators to give input to public policy issues; leadership training is available in a variety of programs; ways to support women and girls are available through philanthropy and programming. An example of what keeps me volunteering is what is being achieved through a partnership between AAUW and the WAGE Project. I am fortunate to have been trained as an AAUW facilitator to present the WAGE Project's Start Smart Workshop to college women about to enter the workforce.The workshop teaches an individual how to determine what employers are paying for the job she wants when she graduates and how to negotiate to be paid what she is worth doing that job. The number of workshops around the nation are growing. The workshops in Oregon have grown from 1 in 2011 to 4 so far in 2012 -- with more anticipated. This has happened because AAUW member leaders "get it," and train to facilitate Start Smart Workshops and make a difference for women, girls, and families. I am looking forward to continuing to see the incredible "aha" moments expressed by participants in Start Smart Workshops.