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March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

I first heard of AAUW from my college professors of women's studies. I was forwarded an email and signed up for their mailing list. I began getting emails from AAUW on all types of issues going on in the federal government of interest to women. I discovered that through my affiliation with AAUW I was given a quick, easy way to stay abreast of important legislation and have my voice in these matters with congressional representatives. AAUW has one primary purpose--to aid and empower girls and women.

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I have personally experienced the wonderful feeling of staying politically aware and active, especially in matters which impact girls' and women's lives.

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I would set up a women's network on radio and/or television in order to reach more women with information on current issues in order to forge barriers and form coalitions

October 1, 2010

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October 1, 2010

I am a former international postdoctoral fellow of AAUW. This year, I got a position as an assistant professor in a university in Argentina. I would like to thanks the foundation for supporting me in my career, your support has been appreciated and used in the right way. Also, I would like to thank also the existence of this organization because it engenders strength and independence in young women; it helps them embrace their dreams. Specially the fact that an international fellowship exist, giving the possibility to women coming from developing countries like mine to have also the opportunity. As soon as I arrived to US I have been looking for postdoctoral fellowship to apply and I have to say that AAUW is the only foundation where I was eligible, most of foundation have some nationality requirement that makes almost impossible for international scientist to apply for support. I am absolutely grateful to AAUW and I wish this organization to be recognized as one of the top nonprofit organizations striving to provide education initiatives and programs. Natalia de Miguel

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This fellowship has helped me to achieve my long term goals. These include the possibility to return to my home country and to develop as a scientist.

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About every month

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2010

September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

The American Association of University Women has a rich and respectable history of supporting the growth and learning of women in America.

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In my latest experience, AAUW funded a workshop for girls in Kauai to work on hands on engineering projects. We are so grateful. The women from the local club came out and supported the girls as they worked on their projects and later as they competed in various engineering competitions.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

For international graduate students, the opportunities for fellowships and scholarships are very limited as compared to US citizens. I am very grateful to AAUW for awarding me the fellowship, with which I was able to conduct time-consuming research projects and write research based journal papers. AAUW helped women scientists in a great way and consequently the new generation of women scientists will give back more to societies and women.

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awarding fellowships

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

I joined AAUW, the American Association of University Women, in Schenectady, New York, when I was a young at-home mother with one, then two babies and was just too tired to stay home every night. The stimulating, accomplished AAUW women I met and befriended then, and since, form a deep core of warmth and gratitude and joy in my life. While I harbored no ambitions for leadership, I timidly accepted this position and that and, after moving to Maryland found myself president of the Rockville Branch. I began to appreciate the national scope, power, and awesome history of AAUW, including the Educational Foundation’s resources and record of opening the doors of higher education to women. I learned about Career Development Grants, which were earmarked for AAUW members whose degrees were at least five years old. That was me. I had just returned to graduate school. I applied, and to my astonishment, received in 1980 what was then called a Project RENEW grant of $1000 for tuition toward an MA in American studies at George Washington University. Even then, $1000 didn’t cover the cost of one course. But AAUW believed in me, and I stood taller and somehow smarter. My path led me to historical research and writing, first for a private company, then on my own. Eventually I published three diverse peer-reviewed histories and numerous shorter pieces. AAUW helped me write in another invaluable way. Knowledge I picked up in AAUW helped me understand and explain how organizations function, how parliamentary authority works, how to read budget documents and financial statements, how to trace and interpret legislative bills and influence the political system . . .. My most recent, most rewarding book, Deep Freeze, a history of the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) in Antarctica, took me to the South Pole in 2001 and speaking engagements all over the country and abroad. AAUW made so much of this possible. Soon after my grant, It became clear to me that I must pay it back. So I served as state president and on three national boards of directors for 10 years. I traveled, spoke, and wrote for AAUW--rich, transformative experiences. My loyalty, commitment, and passion have ever grown. No matter how much I have given, I have gotten back more.

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my leadership experiences, my grant, issue successes on Capitol Hill that I lobbied on, being there when top US leaders recognized AAUW's work and significance, seeing in AAUW's archives its reach and impact since 1881.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 14, 2010

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September 14, 2010

In 1980, at age 38 and a mother of 2 daughters, I entered law school. In the spring of 1981, one week before finals, I was awarded the prestigious AAUW Project Renew Grant (now the Career Development Grant). Receiving that grant increased my confidence immensely and convinced me I belonged in law school and that I could compete with anyone. I was on the Law Review, graduated with honors, and had a very succesful career as a city attorney for Evanston, IL, home of Northwestern University. As a payback to AAUW, I served on the R&P Grants Panel for six years, two as the chair. Later I was elected to and served on the AAUW Educational Foundation Board. Receiving that grant and becoming a part of AAUW's philanthropic efforts are defining moments in my life. As a Board and Panel member, I heard from many grant and fellowship recipients who felt the same. AAUW is an organization that has positively impacted countless women. I am just one of those.

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See my results above in my review. In addition, I serve on a multi-branch committee in IL that received an AAUW grant that partially funds our very succesful Conference for Latina middle school girls.

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About every week

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2010

July 12, 2010

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July 12, 2010

Before my AAUW training, I had never spoken in front of a group. AAUW taught me to do that and more! I helped write the VoLT training manuals, then trained groups all over the country, including community non-profit groups. AAUW's leadership training is the best around! It can be helpful in any job - paid or volunteer - and in running for political office. At the same time, AAUW speaks for all women and girls, monitoring legislation that effects us. I live across the country from Washington, DC, and rely on AAUW to speak for me on important issues.

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my daily life for the past 40 years. I would not be who I am today without the support I've had in AAUW.

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About every week

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2010

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

AAUW changed my life in more ways than one. I first got involved when a women's studies professor asked me if I wanted to attend a dinner for a women's advocacy organization, and being a poor college student at the time, I jumped at the chance for a free meal. Little did I know that it was the beginning of a beautiful and long relationship with one of the best and most progressive women's organizations in the United States. I was so impressed at the warm welcome I received during that first meeting that I started coming back for more. I joined as a student affiliate, and I considered the other AAUW members as my wise mentors, women who had been there and done that. Not long after, the Huntsville branch took me under their wing and apparently saw potential in me because they sent me to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). This was my first time to be surrounded by strong women MY OWN AGE, and it was a very empowering experience. I was then chosen to be on the National Student Advisory Council (SAC), a time which was instrumental in developing me as a future leader. After participating in NCCWSL a second time through my role on the SAC, I returned to my home state of Alabama, and partnered with an AAUW visionary, Audrey L. Salgado, to develop the first-ever state SAC of its kind. We recruited SAC members from across the state and began developing these young women in the ideals of advocacy, education, and equity. It was amazing. As I grew in my education and professional career, my volunteerism with AAUW also blossomed, and I served two years as AAUW of Alabama Communications Director. This was also an empowering opportunity because I was 23 at the time and was doing some amazing work, thanks to the trust and faith of other AAUW members. I gained so much valuable experience that I probably would not have pursued otherwise. I also was surrounded by smart, driven, pioneering mentors, and this made all the difference. I now live in rural Alaska and manage statewide programs for a government agency that is often considered male-driven. What got me the job: my experience with AAUW, and my understanding and firm belief that women CAN do anything.

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AAUW is a life-changing organization, and the results of my involvement are evident in many facets of my life. I am who I am today because of AAUW.

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I cannot stress it enough: it is very important to recruit young members while they are still in college. Grooming the next generation of members is a vital action that must be undertaken to ensure continued growth of the organization.

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

feeling empowered during every single interaction with the organization.

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

Passionate, energetic, intelligent, encouraging.

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

buy a Super Bowl Half Time advertisement.

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better; I made the most of my opportunity, and it paid off.

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

Recruitment and retention.

One thing I'd also say is that...

AAUW = PROGRESSION = EMPOWERMENT = FUN!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

Taking part in leadership training provided by AAUW and AAUW of Oregon, over the past 20 years, has given me the confidence to reach out to realize the following. Present proposals, which were approved, for state-wide and community-wide partnerships (Oregon Woman Suffrage Celebration, Support for NEW Leadership Oregon, Gresham Historical Society, Columbia Symphony Orchestra); Recruit elected officials as members (one state senator and one school board member--so far); Gain facilitator training to implement the WAGE Project's Salary Negotiation Workshops; and Meet women leaders all over the state to support them in their respective leadership journeys. This last action is as a result of being appointed as an AAUW Leadership Corps Grassroots Liaison. Prior to AAUW experience, I would have never had the confidence to apply for this position. The position has opened up even more training, but more importantly, it allows me to support and identify support for other women, and to support and find resources for local branches in the vital work they do in their communities--on behalf of girls and women.

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meeting talented individuals who work tirelessly to share and make a difference for women and girls, and who give me ideas and energy to continue to strive for equity in all arenas.

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The connections with smart and talented people, being part of an organization with admirable collective clout, and opportunities to grow as an individual.

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

Incredibly knowledgeable, resourceful, and positive

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

Just over 30 years ago, I was fortunate enough to receive from AAUW an American Fellowship for my doctoral dissertation. This grant allowed me to focus on my research without having to have a fulltime job and, thus, shortened the time it took to complete my degree by one year. AAUW grants have impact. As the only woman in my graduate school class in marine sciences, I was impressed by the positive responses of professors and others when they learned of my having the AAUW grant. AAUW elevated my stature professionally. I am not the only one to have this happen. According to the history of Colby College, the first woman, a mathematician, invited to join the Colby College faculty (over 80 years ago) was asked to do so because AAUW had invited her to start a chapter at the College. AAUW has a long history of impacting the lives of women. That chapter, the Waterville (Maine) Area Branch, is still in existence today and thriving. My fellowship led to many leadership opportunities. I learned to give back and to work for improvements in the lives of women and girls. Even in retirement, my work as an AAUW volunteer continues. Now I have the opportunity to lobby for legislation that will impact women and girls, that will affect education, and that will lead to a fairer, safer world. AAUW is a leader in these matters and improves lives.

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my own professional career, public policy decisions of national leaders, the lives of young women, to name a few. AAUW was instrumental in the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and is helping increase the number of female scientists in the USA.

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

have more people involved in and supporting the work of AAUW. It's a terrific, effective, meaningful, and worthy organization.

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

working for education and equity for women and girls.

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

smart and hardworking.

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

support many more national and international graduate fellowships, many more community projects, and advocate more broadly for women and girls.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time and resources to share.

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

keeping up with the way technology shapes our lives.

One thing I'd also say is that...

AAUW rocks!

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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