AAUW

Rating: 4.85 stars   221 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Education, Philanthropy, Women

Location: 1111 16th St Nw Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
Target demographics: Women and girls
Geographic areas served: Nationwide and International
Programs: The Educational Opportunities Fund (#4336) Supports educational and lifelong learning opportunities. The Legal Advocacy Fund (#3999) Supports the protection of the legal rights of those who are facing discrimination. The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund (#9170) Supports AAUW research to provide analysis, data and accurate information about issues that are important to women and girls. The Public Policy Fund (#4337) Supports advocacy for public policies and laws that are fair to women. The Leadership Programs Fund (#4339) Supports programs that develop women's potential to lead in their schools, communities and country.
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Rating: 5 stars  

AAUW has been a wonderful experience for me. The Long Beach California branch just held its 8th STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Career conference for middle school girls to encourage them to pursue careers in the STEM fields.

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My public speaking and leadership skills have grown immensely in the 19 years I've been a member.

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It would be wonderful if more young women would join the organization.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I belong to the Cabrillo-Diego chapter of AAUW and we raise runds from the membership each year to send girls to Tech Trek, the summer technology/science camp. I'm very proud of our members' response to our appeals for donations. We have grown fro funding a few girls to this year being able to send 8 girls to camp, well on our way to 9. The girls tell us the experience is life changing, opening doors to them they never dreamed of, giving them a glimpse of what they can be, what they can do in the fields of science and technology. We encourage our members to consider this their charitable donation of the year and experience the joy of changing a young woman's life. It's the best feeling in the world!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing the stories of the young women who attend the summer camp, how their lives have changed because of the experience, and how grateful they are for this opportunity.

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...increase our membership so more women can participate in reaching their hand to the next generation.

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Rating: 3 stars  

I was honored to be a recipient of the AAUW's prestigious Education Fellowship. Having this fellowship provided financial support for finishing my doctoral research on what undermines women from sustaining physical activity motivation and participation. The year I had the fellowship, I traveled around my state and spoke to a handful of local AAUW groups to share my dissertation findings.

The dedication and passion that AAUW members have was evident and I enjoyed learning more about AAUW in the process.

One thing I did learn that was concerning to me was that most college-aged women I spoke to at my university had never heard about the AAUW.

My hope for AAUW is that they are able to hook into the younger generation on college campuses to further strengthen the group.

My research, partially funded by the AAUW, has been a platform for my professional success! I feel very fortunate.

Sincerely,
Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH
www.michellesegar.com

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My work greatly benefited from receiving the AAUW fellowship. It permitted me to finish my dissertation!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Become more relevant to younger women.

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Rating: 4 stars  

A few years ago, i applied for and received a Community Action Grant from AAUW to help support a women's lobby day at the South Dakota state legislature. This grant helped us bring two busloads of women and men to the capitol for our legislative day. Most of these people would not have (or could not have) attended without this opportunity for transportation from our two largest cities. 191 people registered for the event and received training in grassroots lobbying, so we made quite an impression on our legislators and, we believe, a lasting impact on the women and men who attended.

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It has opened opportunities for me to meet and collaborate with other like-minded women who value education for women and girls.

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not be able to name them at the moment. Sorry :)

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Rating: 4 stars  

I love AAUW and their commitment to women and girls. AAUW follows through with scholarships for all girls regardless of race or color. KUDOS to AAUW and keep up the good work!!!When you educate a girl you educate a natiion. Peace

E.Bentley

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Receiving information that will help women and girls by providing them with scholarships to start or continue th eir higher education.

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In this particular city, I would make it more diverse.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I received a generous AAUW International Fellowship for my graduate study at Case Western Reserve University, which provided me with a comprehensive training. As a result, over the years, I have been able to serve Girls and Women along with their families as an educator, administrator, and a licensed clinical social worker in hospitals, schools and now private practice in mental health services. Higher education and training for women and girls empower them in a very fundamental way to bring changes to the world for better. I appreciate what AAUW continues to do globally.

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As mentioned above. I have been able to reach out to many women and girls through my professions.

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I have no suggestions at this point.

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Rating: 5 stars  

AAUW is tirelessly working for empowering teen women in our area. An exciting project is Reality Store, an economic excercise at local high schools. H.S. juniors get paychecks based on their future careers of choice and spend them with AAUW volunteers at booths for housing, clothing, food, transportation and anticipated monthly expenses of these "now-age 25" people. Reality living is an economic eye opener for many high school students.

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The results of the student attitudes in the Reality Store project has been most gratifying.

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There are SO many activities that I find it difficult to participate in all of them-- but that's a good thing and I wouldn't change it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a member of AAUW for many years. Over the last 7 years I have been taking students to the Dominican Republic on humanitarian/cultural experiences. My branch of the AAUW (Sussex County, New Jersey) has been generously given money from fundraisers so female students can attend the trip.

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I've personally experience the results of this organization through its involvement in scholarships for young women in our community who want to attend the local community college.

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We need to do a better job at getting the word out to young women about what we are and what we do.

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Rating: 4 stars  

In graduate school, I applied for AAUW fellowships for my dissertation year. As a young faculty member, I applied for AAUW summer publishing support. As I grew in my field, I created a feminist conference on my campus for our women's studies students and more--showcasing that what seemed to be a small college in a seemingly un-feminist space was actually full of passion and engaged people. I spoke at the AAUW in Huntsville as their monthly program and worked collaboratively with the group.
I left academia and Alabama for a job in Milwaukee, WI. New to the area, I knew this would be my home and wanted to forge connections and make friendships immediately. My first call was to the local AAUW Milwaukee Branch--one of the oldest women's organizations in the STATE--and began my membership. It meant I had to bravely walk into a room of strangers and meet many people at once for each monthly meeting, but they were so welcoming and eager and we all already had things in common--Feminism, AAUW, Education and more.
I used AAUW as my linchpin from place to place.
I give back to AAUW through my leadership (I'm often a program speaker, am currently Vice President of Programming and President Elect and begin my two year term as president in June.
We're philanthropic within our community, we're nestled among many institutions of higher learning, we have long-tenured members who share fantastic experiences and we're the perfect forum to never stop learning. Our programs are diverse, exciting and reach out to groups and organizations that need publicity and attention.
This organization, particularly the Milwaukee Branch, has the potential to be a leader in the community and we are steadily on our way there.

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Leadership roles, speaking roles, fellowship/scholarship roles and programming.

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Continued one-sighted focus on STEM leaves behind the value women find in the humanities. We're not all searching for the best paying job, we're searching for happiness.Higher education is a struggle in all fields and the arts & humanities are being slashed. They are just as important as women in science & we're not treating them equally. Also, professional women--30-50--need mentoring too, but the org is heavily FOCUSED on young women & heavily led by RETIRED or much older women. A gap that needs attn.

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Rating: 5 stars  

AAUW is a great educaitonal organization with like-minded, friendly women. It is wonderful to attend meetings and meet old and new members alike.

Our annual book/author lunheon at a local country club is the highlight of the year, where authors come to speak and their books are available for purchase.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The wonderful relationships that have grown from my participation in AAUW.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing!

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