May 25, 2012
I learned about AAUW when I came across their research reports as a doctoral student in Psychology, studying gender inequities in STEM. I was immediately impressed by the quality and accessibility of their research and was eager to learn more about the organization behind such compelling and well-presented literature. It then I learned that AAUW has been fighting-and winning- the fights that matter to women for 130 years. Since then, I have become an alternate for the American Dissertation award, a member and a Volunteer working for AAUW’s Voices project. I have attended AAUW conferences and found the organization to be effective in informing members on issues and mobilizing them to take meaningful action. I am proud to be a member of an organization which attacks issues at all levels-from grass-roots advocacy to lobbying the legislature- and connects with individuals on all levels-from branches meeting at the local level to social media and research reports on the global stage -and genuinely makes a difference. Unfortunately, AAUW is as relevant now as it was when it was founded: Women still haven’t achieved pay equity, Title IX non-compliance persists, and the right to reproductive healthcare and freedom are under attack once again. I am more grateful than ever that AAUW is still here, and doing top-notch work. I give this organization my highest recommendation.
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