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March 11, 2011

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March 11, 2011

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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March 11, 2011

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.

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

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not change a thing!

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I've been an AAUW member since my early 30s, and have benefitted so much from this organization. As a middle school science teacher, I received their Eleanor Roosevelt Fellowship and $15,000 to have a wonderful afterschool science club for girls. They continued as confident and science loving high school and college students! I also taught in the first CA Tech Trek for Girls at Stanford. This was Marie Wolbach's dreamchild of a week of classes and meeting women with interesting professons on a college campus for deserving middle school girls. It grew to 8 other college sites and I've taught at the San Diego campus and the Whittier campus for 5 more years. AAUW has made a tremendous difference in my life as a teacher and as a woman.

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See review above.

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Try to engage younger women; but the reality is that most have too much on their plate until they retire.

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March 11, 2011

Volunteer, Grant Awardee, National Committee Chair, National Committee Member, Branch President, and now State Funds Development Chair, this organization has evolved to focus its mission more closely on women and girls.

We've grown into supporting STEM and Expanding your Horizons, now in
it's 30th year and continue to explore new ways for young women to explore career development opportunities in math, science and technology.

Finally, as a woman who has moved around the country, AAUW has always been a presence in every state where I lived . . . it's a great organization for women on the move.

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. . . a variety of states across the US, working with educated women and women committed to improving the status of women and girls.

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. . . continue to nurture the power of philanthropy both in terms of giving time and money . . . when you give time you are more likely to give money. AAUW members give an enormous amount of money locally for scholarships and local projects . . . we are a generous group. I am proud of what we do.

March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

Needing to follow our daughter, whose husband suffered a stroke, in order to be of assistance, I have moved to three different cities in five years. When moving to a new town I immediately locate a local AAUW branch which allows me to meet like-minded women, and gives me the opportunity to participate in worthwhile activities. I, also, make sure that I participate actively, which is always very fulfilling since each branch of AAUW offers unique opportunities to serve the new community where I've moved.

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assistance I've received in getting adjusted to a new community.

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continue to encourage activities such as Tech Camp, and Speech contests that involve AAUW in the community, giving the organization more recognition and thereby promote more interest from young women.

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As a high school senior in 1967, I was a recipient of an AAUW scholarship that paid my tuition at a state college for four years. I vowed that some day, if I lived in a community with an AAUW branch, I would join and give back to the organization that had done so much for me.
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a result, I have been an active member (and occasional officer) for the past 26 years. In an era when most of us feel the tug of too many competing responsibilities, I continue to make AAUW my one organizational priority. AAUW is a voice for equity for women and girls through advocacy, emphasis on education, and groundbreaking research.

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(See above) I was a recipient of scholarship assistance from this organization myself when I began college in 1967. The encouragement -- financial and otherwise --- of education-minded women was a powerful influence on my early adulthood.

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There is nothing about the organization itself that I would change. I would change the MEMBERSHIP by encouraging the current generation of young women to join and use their influence to make life better and fairer for the next generation. This is a grassroots organization, and too many young women fail to understand that the struggle for equality has not yet been won.

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I have appreciated the opportunity that AAUW gives me to share my expertise as a technical professional with young girls. What I wouldn't have given to have similar opportunities as a young girl.

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My local chapter works to promote science education for young women.

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Expand outreach for young girls, providing additional support for science and math education

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March 10, 2011

At the end of my first year of teaching elementary students,  I was awarded a scholarship that allowed me to complete half of my masters degree. This gave me incentive to complete my masters program. That allowed me to meet the state's requirement of obtaining a masters level degree within 5 years of receiving a teaching certificate.

I also found using a member in transit status allowed me to quicky connect with a local branch when I had to relocate. I quickly met new people and connected smoothly into the new community.

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I was able to continue my education and progress more rapidly in my profession. Also, I made key professional and personal connections by becoming a branch member right away when having to relocate.

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No particular changes

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I joined AAUW 2 years ago. I have been actively involved in fundraising to provide scholarships to high school seniors and women returning to school. I cannot think of anything more important for our future than to have more educated women. And let's face it. Education is expensive!

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I've seen 6 young women go to college who would not have been able to go without the scholarship provided by AAUW

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I don't see an;y need to make changes

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I joined AAUW as I was completing my MA as a member at large, in 1980. Since that time I've been an active member and officer in both Ohio and Texas. The various fundraising efforts in all the branches I've belonged to are focused directly on helping other women achieve their higher educational goals. Everytime I hear one of the women speak who received AAUW assistance to achieve her goals, I'm so gratified that I belong to a national and local organization that can work so hard to make donations that will make such a difference in so many lives.

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I have served at both the branch and state levels, and attended multiple state and national conventions. I know how important it is to continue raising funds to help more and more women excel academically.

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Recognize the many volunteer and monetary contributions made by the branches. Some branch members do not feel a strong connection to AAUW as a national organization.

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