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May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

I was a 41-year-old mother of 2 who had recently re-entered the workforce after staying home to raise my children. I was disappointed to find myself making only half of what I'd previously made and had a difficult time proving my value - and yes, I do think my race and gender were a hindering factor. I decided I seriously needed to increase my value and options with a Masters degree - education had always opened doors for me before. But with a family and a mediocre salary, how could I afford it? AAUW came to the rescue. I told them my story and my goals and they gave me a VERY generous grant that enabled me to attend my first-choice school. And you know, it wasn't just their money that made it possible. There is NOTHING that compares to the feeling I had knowing that complete strangers believed in me enough to come out of their pocket with cold hard cash money in a down economy. That feeling alone is motivating, driving, and life-changing. It's what kept me going when after a long day at work and family duties in the evening, I still had hours of homework to do. I just finished my first year (7 classes) with a 4.0 GPA. Already new opportunities have opened up for me at my current job and elsewhere. One more thing...I cannot wait for the opportunity to do for someone else what AAUW has done for me. I've always been on the giving end just because I know it's the "right thing". But now that I've been on the receiving end...it's a whole different perspective of what the "right thing" really means and how deeply it affects others. I've been getting more familiar with AAUW's causes and can say with confidence that this has got to be one of the greatest nonprofits out there. They don't just give money, they educate, empower and they're out there everyday making a difference for all women, even those who don't even know AAUW exists.

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

receiving a grant attending their online seminars learning about the Equal Pay legislation learning about their efforts to get more junior high school girls involved in Math/Science

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the hope they've given me through their grant and he support of their staff after receiving the grant.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, supportive and VERY organized!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 26, 2010

I have been a member of Chicago Branch AAUW for over 25 years! In the '80s I served on Branch committees, in the '90s I served on state committees (Illinois), & in the '00s I served on national committees. In additional to all the things I have learned about women's issues from AAUW, AAUW has also allowed me opportunities for growth as a person AND as a professional. I simply would not be who I am today without AAUW--a force for "positive societal change" since 1883 & still going strong!!!

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

I'm now the coordinator of WITASWAN (Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now) which began as an AAUW-IL project & has grown into "International SWAN Day"--celebrated all around the world last year. No AAUW-IL, no SWAN Day. It's that simple!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 26, 2010

When I was the AAUW-IL President, I testified from the podium of the Illinois House of the Representatives regarding the rate and prevention of teen pregnancy in Illinois. Had it not been for AAUW, I would not have had the opportunity to do this. AAUW is the leading advocate for women and girls advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

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

personal growth, expanded opportunities, including being briefed by then First Lady Hillary Clinton on healthcare reform, lobbying US members of Congress several times and attending a UN seminar on Women in New York City with keynote speaker Mrs. Sadat.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 26, 2010

I have been involved with AAUW since the 90s and I am grateful to meet so many older ladies with such intelligence, drive and care for the community. My branch has helped countless 7th grade girls experience science each summer in the Tech Trek program, supported battered womens shelters, helped many older women like myself return to college and get their degrees and even helped mothers like myself feel valued and wanted for our intelligence, education and skills when we help out at events. Women of all ages, please consider joining AAUW and making a strong and positive contribution to your community!

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

Many ways since I have joined it. You can help out other women, become a leader, use your organizing skills and expertise even when raising a family and more.

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

Get more younger women involved by helping them get out and have fun without their kids sometimes

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Having opportunity to use my education, talents and leadership skills in service to others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

intelligent, kind, beautiful, great cooks and fun to be around

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save the world

Ways to make it better...

I devoted more time to it

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

need more younger women

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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My mother first joined this amazing organization long before I was born, so I was simply brought up attending her branch meetings and soon, I was hooked. AAUW built the foundation of my interest in women's rights, which has colored my career ambitions my entire life. Last year,I had the amazing opportunity to serve as an AAUW fellow in the DC headquarters. Seeing the organization I grew up in from the topside, I was not disappointed. AAUW does so much to help women from their funding for non-traditional students, issue campaigning and lobbying, to simply breaking down issues important to women so everyone can be aware of what's going on in Washington. AAUW has helped my solidify my interests in women's rights, and I'm just one person. Think of how much they've done for thousands of women since the 1881 founding. I'm proud to be associated with this group and hope to continue that connection in some way for the rest of my life.

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

my growing up years and college life. When I graduate,I want to finally become a full member.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 26, 2010

I applied for an AAUW scholarship while in graduate school. The very generous scholarship helped support me while I completed my doctorate in counseling psychology. I am now a licensed psychologist serving the same community that supported me!

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

Receiving a scholarship to help support my graduate studies.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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May 26, 2010

While attending my two year school, I had the opportunity to receive two scholarships from my local AAUW Branch. Their support of my endeavors allowed me to complete my Associates degree and become a student member of this wonderful organization for women.

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

I have been a part of local branches, particularly in my hometown and seen the work they do to help the community and women succeed through scholarships.

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

I would make scholarships more widely available in all the AAUW Branches. The area I currently live in has a local branch, but they do not support scholarships for women. How sad! What a wonderful way to support women going for their bachelors degree.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The support I have been able to receive.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful, educated women! They were so supportive of my education goals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help a lot of women through college, continue to make the changes necessary to ensure equality for women.

Ways to make it better...

All AAUW branches gave scholarships. In my hometown the local branch regularly gave out scholarships, the current city I live in, although bigger, does not. Very disappointing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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May 26, 2010

AAUW not only offers timely information about legislation, reports, articles, votes, topics of debate, and information in the news...the organization gives members and the general public a swift path to action. Want to know the latest about Supreme Court nominee Kagen, the report on Women in Science, an upcoming House bill, pay equity, international incidents, or the simply get inspired by women making a difference - AAUW fits the bill.

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

AAUW keeps me abreast of all the issues most important to me and my community, and I count on AAUW to provide me with a clear way to move into action and motivate my community into action.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 26, 2010

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. That is the mission of AAUW. My branch happens to encourage girls in science and other STEM fields. The advocacy piece is accomplished by working on legislation such as Title IX. The branch is presently giving toward an endowment to fund a fellowship for women to complete their Phd's. We have almost completed the Tacoma Centennial fund of AAUW #4275.

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

I received leadership development and great satisfaction of working toward equity for women and girls.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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