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 was selected as one of 10 university students across the country to be a Student Advisory Committee member for AAUW for the academic year of 2011/2012. Through my association with AAUW, I have met amazing and incredible women. The local branches in Colorado of AAUW reached out with open arms to mentor me and support me in my efforts to have AAUW's presence at Regis University expand. AAUW has many great programs that they have to empower women/girls. Through their efforts in creating programs, I am able to bring these programs to my campus and community, Through SAC/AAUW I am able to improve my leadership abilities. As an SAC member we are involved in creating new programs, and have a big role at this years annual National Conference for College Student Women Leaders. I have garnered lots of support and mentoring to enable me to start a local university chapter of AAUW. I also will have the opportunity to mentor the next group of SAC members. AAUW has enriched my life and given me opportunities I otherwise would not have had.
AAUW has inspired me and set the stage for me to help oher women and girls. After earning a doctorate degree and went on to teach/ad minister in higher educational institutions. It was then, I came to know of AAUW. It opened up a new door for me that I didn't know existed there. By entering that door, I have come to experience tremendous joy and satisfaction, a sense of purpose and fulfillment in empowering other women and girls. I have done this as an AAUW member, branch officer and president and state officer. I am ever so grateful to AAUW for opening up this opportunity for me serve the community.
Having been a member of AAUW many years, I have had the opportunity to meet many recipients of the AAUW Educational Opportunities American and International Scholarships. These superb women will make positive change in our society and in many cases especially for women and girls. The International Scholars return to their native countries all over the globe and are the catalyst for change in their respective countries. There is no organization just just offers women these prestigious scholarships. I am proud to be actively involved as a volunteer in the organization AAUW, that has such an impact on women of the world.
In November 2011 AAUW will celebrate 130 years of promoting equity for women and girls. Our research stated in 1885 when 1,300 members participated in a study that contradicted a prominent physician's statement that higher education was bad for women's health. Since then AAUW has publish research on many areas including bullying, the pay gap, sex discrimination in academia and more. One study on how schools shortchange girls lead me to bring an educational seminar to the area grade schools and consequently brought positive change in their classrooms. I have helped to raise funds on a local level and national level and have had the opportunity to meet recipients of our American and National Fellowships. These scholars have repeatedly expressed their appreciation to AAUW especially when they could not find any other funding. We are mentored on how to lobby, educate voters and influence debate on critical issue as Equal Pay. AAUW provides opportunities for personal growth for its members and I became the AAUW President of Illinois, a growth experience that opened new doors for me. AAUW members are proud of our organization that consistently for 130 years have made positive changes for women and girls.
AAUW has been a part of my life for many years. I believe and support the mission enthusiastically. Looking back over my life, I cannot even count the countless ways I encountered small instances of unfair bias against me because I am a women, even as I was growing up from my own family. Even though things have improved and seem to be getting better, it is unbelievable to me to see how women still need to be alert and fight hard for equality.
As a child I watched the ways AAUW gave my grandmother a voice in advocating for women's rights, while nurturing her as a lifelong learner. I've now been a member myself for nearly 3 decades. It would have been enough to know that my membership makes a meaningful difference in continuing the work of my grandmother's generation in advancing equity for women and girls, both locally and nationally. But I can't begin to quantify the business and leadership skills I've gained through the organization -- skills that have served me well in so many areas of my life.
I'm a feminist from way back, but other than writing a check, in recent years I hadn't actively worked toward breaking through barriers for women and girls. Then I found AAUW...they make it easy to put my commitment to work. The Two Minute Activist and the Lobby Corps are worth every penny in dues. The research is reliable and relevant -- pay equity, sexual harassment in schools, STEM, etc. The legal advocacy supports Title IX and employment discrimination. And over $4M in fellowships for women post-grad work. And, and, and...
AAUW has been part of my life for many years. While I heartily support AAUW's efforts for women's issues, I truly cherish the friendships and contacts I have made. I have increased my confidence and learned management skills. Recently, I testified before the state legislature about pay equity - an amazing accomplishment for a shy nerdy person like me!
AAUW has been a part of my life since I was a stay at home mom with two preschoolers and I needed to have adult contact. I got involved in the wide range of issues including equity, public policy and life-long learning. Ultimately it provided me with the skills I needed when I returned to full-time employment. AAUW as always been on the cutting edge of addressing issues relating to women and girls. That is still true today. AAUW research continues to address relevant issues affecting equity and women. Its public policy program addresses issues that advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. It is an organization like no other and will always be a part of my life.
AAUW has been a big part of my life, from when I was a young mom in a new city searching for intellectual stimulation to now when community and issue involvement is important to me. I am so impressed by AAUW members I have met across the country and their work for equity and education for women and girls. This is a real community of women and men with goals to improve our society, and AAUW's outstanding research provides an scientific basis for the actions we take.
AAUW is a fabulous organization to which I have belonged since college graduation. In 1991, I was selected as a member of the first group of Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellows. We were brought to Washington, D.C. For an outstanding training seminar with Dr. Myra and Dr. David Sadker of American University. They were the leaders in the field of educational equity. As teachers, we gained outstanding strategies in promoting girls' continued involvement in math, science, and technology. My grant proposal involved a middle school computer club for young women, as well as a week-long summer leadership/technology camp for girls. The we're both magnificently successful! I believe in the mission of our organization and am proud to support AAUW both financially AND as a volunteer. The Drs. Sadker told us in 1991: "The cure for cancer might be in the mind of a young woman!", and that is why I believe so strongly in our work. we welcome everyone to join in our efforts.