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!
As a woman and CEO/Founder of a healthcare association for developmental disabilities professionals SYNERGY (Plus+), and as a journalist; I know all too well the strides in takes to thrive to my level of winning in what we would consider male dominated industries. I had to be willing to do away with the idea that I had to act like a man in order to be respected as a woman in technology and as a woman in media. I've learned to allow my authentic-self be the guide in showing me that what I have to offer as far as my skill set is concerned is more than enough to earn my seat at the table... If not; then I'll bring my own folding chair (in the words of the late Shirley Chisholm). It's an infinite journey of becoming and unbecoming all at the same time. Although it has taken me sometime to align with all I am or shall I say my "I AM", I've enjoyed the journey of destroying the idea of the glass ceiling phenomenon... For myself and for any other woman who dares to move in the direction of her full potential.
I am a 44 year old female with a potentially fatal blood disorder called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. I have battled this disease for 25 years. I am also a victim of domestic violence. I have been in a domestic violence shelter numerous times and I am in one at the moment again. I have had my teeth knocked out, my right arm broken twice, numerous concussions and the mental and emotional abuse is unspeakable. I was a successful hairstylist for approximately 20 years and unfortunately I have had to go on disability due to my blood disorder and ptsd due to the years of abuse.. My mother abandoned me and my father is deceased. I am a very spiritual person with strong morals and a baptist belief background. I have been having to live in a tent, a vehicle, on peoples couches, and I recently was told by my abuser to get out again so I contacted a domestic violence shelter called CEASE in my area for support. They had turned me down before because of two ladies deviously wanting my bed and lying telling the staff that I was intoxicated on the premises. I was forced to leave due to their lies and have had to go through almost five years of homelessness and abuse due to their selfishness. I have to go to the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville Tennessee very frequently to receive plasma infusions for my blood disorder. I have no transportation now because my abuser and his mother took my vehicle from me and refused to get me to my treatments. They had gotten angry because I wouldn't sign a life insurance policy that the two of them wanted to take out on me so they threw me out on the streets again. I am in need of assistance but I don't know where to turn. I have spent the last year in court over an order of protection against my abuser of which the court system repetativly without any punishment. I am interested in all the knowledge and help I can receive in order to get my life back. It is very hard for me to ask for help because I have always loved helping others so very much. I have had many people ask if they could write a novel about my life and at the time I turned it down but now, I would allow it. Thank you very muck for your time. God bless each and every one of you.
AAUW has such a breadth of advocacy issues and programs to support women and girls! I've learned so much through my volunteer work with this organization and am impressed by the high quality programs and research.
AAUW has been a motivating element in my life. In 2015 I was given a scholarship to attend NCCWSL and it was so incredibly inspiring, filled with women advocates from all walks of life who are dedicated to serving their communities --whatever that might be-- by promoting equality. My involvement in AAUW has already led me to meet fantastic people in my community and in the world, but more importantly it has taught me to keep reaching, to keep striving and to keep believing in the work that women's rights advocates are doing. In this day and age, it is nice to know that their are so many committed people to bringing equality to young American women. Thank you AAUW!
AAUW is an incredible, supportive organization and the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders met their incredibly high standards. I learned about the true message of feminism, got the chance to interpret American Sign Language for over 1,000 people, and met other women I keep in touch with to this day. NCCWSL 2015 changed the way I look at the world and changed my life forever. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity AAUW gave me by providing me a scholarship for the event. I would highly recommend both the organization and the conference.
AAUW, is a tremendously great organization which serves in empowering women. As a student leader, my student life director informed me of the National Conference but since I had not the available funds, I was a little skeptical about it. She told me o ahead and apply for the scholarship and I did. I was so grateful and thankful when i received a mail saying I had been awarded. it was a beautiful experience being with other women and empowering each other for a better tomorrow. At the conference, i realized there were many more like me who had been awarded and I only thought yo myself "what a generous organization with a strong and profound vision" Thank you for the opportunity i received
I got the pleasure and wonderful experience of attending the NCCWSL conference this past may. I got to meet people that foster and bolster the growing ideals I have toward equity for women. I have kept in contact with the people I met and the workshops taught me valuable ways to create a conversation toward inclusion and continuing to advocate and work for women across the world who do not have the means to do for themselves. You get opportunities and chances to impact lives on a daily basis but to condense this memorable experience into a weekend is fantastic, empowering and necessary.
AAUW helps women from every background locally and nationally. They are trusted by policy makers and can demonstrate that the money given to them, will go directly to help train women and girls and develop research-based materials that will empower women in all parts of the country. We have a powerful AAUW group here in Houston that is assisted by a powerful state and national group.
NCCWSL was one of the most empowering experiences that I have ever had. I had the pleasure of attending this conference through a scholarship and I am more than grateful for all of the unforgettable memories that I made there! Every woman I met had a unique story to tell, the presenters were amazing, and I made friends that will last a lifetime. There's truly nothing more inspiring than a room full of over 1,000 college women student leaders.
As a long-time member of AAUW I am proud of their excellent national advocacy of issues pertaining to women and girls, including support of Title IX, women's health care, equal pay, sexual harassment on campus and equal math and science opportunities for all students, all of which is supported by AAUW's highly respected research. As a volunteer I have lobbied my governor and state legislature for better education and women's access to full health care. In return I have received valuable leadership training, a powerful sense of purpose, and a network of friends across the nation.
I'm excited and inspired by my membership in AAUW, even after 25+ years. It's the leadership training and development offered. It's the research findings that power our programming and empower members. It's the college/university student organizations that help us raise awareness about inequities. It's about action, outreach, collaborations, and awesome friendships!
My journey as a volunteer in AAUW has led me way beyond what I originally sought. I became a member of AAUW because I wanted to be a part of something bigger. What I receive keeps growing and growing: I am a more effective advocate; I am connected to AAUW leaders nationwide through social media, and am involved in supporting leaders; I am informed on current issues impacting women and girls, and connect directly with my federal and state legislators to give input to public policy issues; leadership training is available in a variety of programs; ways to support women and girls are available through philanthropy and programming. An example of what keeps me volunteering is what is being achieved through a partnership between AAUW and the WAGE Project. I am fortunate to have been trained as an AAUW facilitator to present the WAGE Project's Start Smart Workshop to college women about to enter the workforce.The workshop teaches an individual how to determine what employers are paying for the job she wants when she graduates and how to negotiate to be paid what she is worth doing that job. The number of workshops around the nation are growing. The workshops in Oregon have grown from 1 in 2011 to 4 so far in 2012 -- with more anticipated. This has happened because AAUW member leaders "get it," and train to facilitate Start Smart Workshops and make a difference for women, girls, and families. I am looking forward to continuing to see the incredible "aha" moments expressed by participants in Start Smart Workshops.
Inspired by a historical mission of supporting the equality of girls and women in our society - Title IX, STEM, Healthcare and more - I joined this dynamic and inspiring organization. Daily, AAUW engages women, girls and young women through a variety of programs and activities and their grants and scholarships -- Tech Trek, Action Fund, Start Smart for Salary negotiation, Education /advocacy around Title IX, research, case support around discrimination, and so much more. I am now an enthusiastic National board member supporting the inspiring and impactful AAUW mission - excited about how AAUW positively impacts the lives of women and girls! Truly makes a difference!
My AAUW branch and 3 other branches have used our AAUW resources and contacts to put on a highly successful STEMtastics conference for middle school girls in our area. More than 500 girls and their parents attended. We are particularly targeted middle schools with lots of diversity and also those with a large percentage of free lunch students. Our goal was to expose these girls to young women in STEM fields to inspire and encourage them to consider a STEM field themselves. All the workshops (they each attended 3) were hands on. The evaluations were great, and AAUW touched many young lives that day.
I have been a member of AAUW since 1989, because of its mission in advancing equity for woman and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our branches do great work at the local level, offering scholarships in the community, providing networking opportunities, and coming together to locally advocate for the AAUW mission. Our state organizations support the work of the branches and act as a liaison from the national organization. The members of AAUW support the mission with their financial donations for grants, fellowships and our outstanding research. Members also commit their time in support of the advocacy we do on Capitol Hill and in State Legislatures. AAUW does amazing things through the power of One AAUW - local/state/national!
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!
AAUW continues to break through barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance. As a volunteer AAUW leader on the national, state, and branch levels, I have many opportunities to raise a powerful voice -- individually and collectively, in person and electronically -- to make lasting changes that advance gender equality. In my own AAUW experiences I have taught women to negotiate fair pay, have lobbied my state legislators about equity-related bills, have funded campus outreach projects, and so much more! AAUW's means of achieving equity (advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research) are effective, influential, and resonant with multiple generations of equality-minded individuals. I give this organization my highest rating.
I and proud to say that I have been a member and supporter of AAUW since 1972, in two different branch locations. In terms of money given worldwide to further the education of women, AAUW is at the top. AAUW Funds provides grants and fellowships at the rate of $3.7 million a year. In turn, the recipients of these opportunities go back to their communities with their Knowledge and expertise. The work done on behalf of women through the Legal Advocacy Fund has supported military women in their fight against assault. The work done on college campuses through programs like Elect Her and Start Smart have enabled young women to create and head towards their bright futures. AAUW 's public policy work, though never ending, has set a fire under many a calm and soft-spoken woman, enabling her to stand up for social justice. On the branch level, I have been personally inspired by the women with whom I work and socialize. Through our programs, book clubs and other dynamic interest groups, I have grown in wisdom and friendship. AAUW's reach is wide and strong. I am so proud to be a member!
I joined AAUW in 1967 as soon as I'd graduated from college and was eligible. My mother had been extremely active since her graduation from college in 1927. She and her AAUW friends were my feminist role models, outspoken and smart. My Branch received an AAUW Community grant in 1977 and I received an individual award in 1982. Both helped launch my career as an advocate for mental health and social support for new families. I've created a social movement and traveled the world because of AAUW. My best friends belong to AAUW and together we continue the legacy begun in 1881.
I dont know where to start:God will help me ;I have seen alot of women who are abused ,raped, beaten up so badly and most of them are young women they fail to defend them self because even their fail they quiet about this .I have been able to talk to few of them i give them hope i told them they law and i teach them how to start small business so they can stop depending on they are husbands also i give them capital .And for now they are doing very well .I thanks God for that
WOW where can I Start!! I am a current student at EMU. I was presented with an opportunity to go to a NCCWSL conference for woman leaders. It was a very costly Trip and I could not afford it but AAUW stepped in a funded my entire Trip!! This nonprofit organization is absolutely wonderful. The women within this organization are hardworking and they really care about the people around them. Not only did they fund my Trip but they took the time to get to know me. They took me out to dinner and are constantly checking on me. I can tell you one thing when it comes to assisting someone they come running to the opportunity. I am currently a member now and I plan on helping those around me, just as they helped me!!!!!! It's so many good thing I could say about this organization but they are amazing and they do a lot of work for the community!!! The members of this organization are absolutely awesome!
I am a new student-member of AAUW. I learned about AAUW at the university I currently attend because they recently established an AAUW student organization on campus. My AAUW student org president initiated our sector after attending a NCCWSL conference. She was so inspired that she felt an urge to bring such a powerful organization to her fellow students. Every time I met someone who had been to the conference, they would express to me -with great enthusiasm- that it was imperative for me to attend because it would be life changing. I attended the 2014 conference and would have to say that I was truly overwhelmed with inspiration (if there is such a thing)! I was so amazed to see such a large group of women in full support of one another. When I heard the speakers tell their stories, it felt like a burden had been lifted off my shoulders; as I had no idea that their experiences in reaching their destinations closely relates to those I face on my own journey. The wealth of encouragement, information, resources, and overall sense of power that NCCWSL instilled in all of us is something that I think every woman should experience. As such, I, too, have been inspired to, not only inform and drive more women to attend the NCCWSL conference, but to also heavily recruit more women to join in the wonders that AAUW has done daily for the empowerment of women. Thank you, sincerely, AAUW and NCCWSL!
I did not know much about AAUW until a friend of mine reached out and invited me to apply for a scholarship to go to NCWWSL 2014. I do not believe in coincidence. I know that everything happens for a reason. There was a real reason why I went to that conference; it has honestly changed my life! It was comforting to see that there were like-minded women who desired to achieve that which has been perceived as unattainable. I was able to move forward in my own plans after hearing from strong role models and even stronger peers. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to attending the next conference! One day, I hope to sponsor another eager young woman. It is important to give back. We have to know that in order to truly survive, we need each other. I am currently working on my own business and laying down some solid foundation for my career. Thank you NCWWSL and thank you AAUW!
I have been a member of AAUW since 1984 and am especially pleased with the work done by the Educational Foundation, Legal Advocacy Fund, the AAUW Fellowships and Grants and the excellent AAUW research work . All of this has served to improve the lives of women and girls not only in the U.S., but worldwide. I am a proud member and AAUW donor!
While women and girls have made progress toward achieving equity, we are not quite there. AAUW both highlights disparities and works to eliminate them. We all benefit when everyone (both male and female) can contribute, without constraints or obstacles, his or her talents to make the world a better place. The work of AAUW is essential and benefits everyone.
I have been a member of AAUW since 1973. This organization is the best national group advancing women and girls in the United States. AAUW has been "empowering women since 1881." From the National offices in Washington, DC to all of the branches work is being done in the areas of Public Policy,Philanthropy, and Education. AAUW has been a mainstay of my volunteer work, and will continue to be for as long as I can serve the organization.Any donations received are treated in a transparent way, with the Donor's wishes always uppermost. Any person interested in bettering the lives of women and girls should be a member. Judy Horan, Corona,CA
AAUW has been advancing equity for women and girls for over 130 years. I am a proud member and volunteer with the San Francisco branch, a leader in the community contributing scholarships for college going women and raising funds to send middle school girls to Tech Trek math and science camp every summer. AAUW is the go-to organization for research on Gender Pay Equity, Women in Community Colleges, and Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Schools. AAUW is as relevant and vital today as it was in 1881 and will be until there is true equity for women and girls everywhere.
AAUW has given me an outlet to express my frustrations about women and girls inequity and to become an activist of change.
As a longtime member who has served in leadership roles on the Branch and State levels of AAUW in Florida I am so impressed with the accomplishments of AAUW. It is the commitment and dedication of its members and leaders that make things happen for young women! I have attended many National Conventions leaving each so inspired and honored! There is no organization that does what AAUW does in promoting and offering "real experiences" for middle school girls in the fields of STEM as it does at its week-long TECH TREK Camps throughout the country. I have been a volunteer at AAUW-Florida Tech Trek 2013 and 2014......marvelous undertakings. I have also attended AAUW's National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland. This is another outstanding event that AAUW offers to young women from all over the country.
AAUW is truly a non-profit organization that uses its funds to further the advancement of women. I have been a member, an elected leader, an appointed leader and a donor of this worthwhile organization. This organization has become my passion!
In the 24 years I've been a member of AAUW, I have gained the self confidence and skills to work toward equity for women and girls, both in the workplace and in education. AAUW is always at the forefront of issues concerning equity and the advocacy work it does is needed now more than ever. The fellowships and grants awarded by AAUW help ensure that women can pursue their educations and work on projects such as finding a cure for cancer, providing wellness programs for the senior population and educating women about a multitude of health and safety issues. When I contribute to AAUW, I know that my money is well spent.
As a longtime member of AAUW, I continue to watch the growth and dedication of this organization to advance equity for women and girls. The women and men who belong to this organization have a strong commitment to provide educational and leadership opportunities to women, to advocate for women who experience sex discrimination in the workplace and in higher education, and to advocate for policies that advance equity for women and girls. As I see the work of AAUW nationally and at the state and local level to benefit women, young and old, I continue to be a proud member and supporter of this organization. Over the years as I have moved across the country, AAUW at the local level is the organization that I can always count on to provide me with support, a feeling of belonging, and interaction with a group of men and women who are passionate about AAUW’s mission.
American Association of University Women has a mission of advocacy for women's and girls' right. I am especially involved in it's efforts to achieve pay equity for women.
I personally ran up against gender discrimination in pay, in my professional career, when I was employed as department head of Food Service at a large church-owned retirement center. Salaries were supposed to be 'top secret'. But the CEO, with a slip of the tongue, revealed the salary of director of Housekeeping he had just hired. His starting salary was the same as my current one even though I had a record of 10 years there heading up FS. Adding insult to injury, he had no degree. I have a BS in Foods & Nutrition and am a Registered Dietitian. And the CEO did this in our weekly administrative meeting of all directors, so all my peers then knew too. This was so unfair, so degrading, I want to do all I can to make this kind of discrimination illegal so other women won't have to go through this. And AAUW is trying to achieve this legislation.
AAUW is an outstanding organization that works both nationally and locally to advance equity for women and girls. As a member I have participated in many projects that have made a difference. AAUW is recognized nationally as a leading non partisan voice on women's issues. I have served in a variety of leadership roles at both the branch and state level and encourage other women to join AAUW to help make a difference. Even if you are not a member you can make your voice heard on issues that are important to women by signing up to receive AAUW's Action alerts.
A friend brought me to my first AAUW branch meeting. The women there were so committed to AAUW's mission and so interesting that I joined, although that had not been my intention. Since then I have been drawn further and further into the organization, serving on my branch and state board and on the national College/University Relations Committee. Working with students and introducing them to the issues that women face have become a passion with me. Empowering women and especially young women is so important for the future of this country. AAUW offers programs that are especially relevant for female students. The $tart $mart salary negotiation workshops teach them how to negotiate for the starting salary that they deserve, and Elect Her-Campus Women Win trains them to run for student office, thus opening the way for them to be politically active when they graduate. The annual National Convention for College Women Student Leaders provides networking opportunities, inspiration, and leadership and career-planning skills. These programs empower young women.
A friend introduced me to AAUW by inviting me to a branch meeting. The women there were enthusiastic and intelligent, and the branch had interesting programs. Over the years I gradually became more and more involved in the organization, along the way learning how it advances its mission to promote equity and opportunity for all women and girls. Recently I've been working with AAUW's College/University program and the bright young women introduced to AAUW through their institution's partner membership. Through AAUW young women learn about issues that will face them once they graduate; they learn leadership skills; they learn to fight for justice in combating gender discrimination, how to negotiate for fair salaries and benefits, and how to run for elected office--all skills that will stand them in good stead in the future. Empowerment of young women is one of the crucial benefits of AAUW.
AAUW tirelessly pursues the status of women in the country through education (4,000,000) of scholarships and grants annually, advocacy (40 volunteers on the Washington scene) research (currently focusing on Community College's role in educating women and the problems there's women face) and philanthropy.
This is an important organization that promotes equality for women and young girls through advocacy, leadership, scholarship and research. It relates to all ages of women in a way that few organizations do. I am proud to be a part of the organization and have seen how its membership has grown in Portland, OR.
Great organization with important mission for all women and young girls. Needed more than ever.
I have served in many roles in AAUW. I am a second generation member brought to membership by my mother under the proviso that I would be a branch member for one year on her dime just to get to know the organization. To say I was reluctant is an understatement but I did it and by the end of the year I was a life member, asked to join the state board and my branch board and on my way to eventually serving on the national board. In between time I received a Community Action grant and was able with the assistance of many other members to put on the first Statewide Educational Roundtable on Shortchanging America - Shortchanging African American Girls followed by a similar local roundtable focused on Shortchanging Hispanic American Girls. The Shortchanging Research provided the impetus for both of these events. Every dollar that I give goes toward research, leadership development and bringing more equity to the women and girls of America and the world. I have always found that both my money and my volunteer efforts have been well used and respected. I have personally gained from the opportunities in leadership development as well as the feeling of empowerment as AAUW has positively changed the world for women and girls. Each role that I have had - member, volunteer, grant recipient, life long learner, leader and donor - is important to me but I count donor as the most important because it is through my donations that I feel I have the greatest long term impact. Thanks, Paula Jean Yukna
I am so pleased to be involved with AAUW. I am currently volunteering my time to go into 6th grade classrooms and try to inspire kids ( especially girls) to pursue careers in the STEM field. I received a grant from my state ( MO) to do this program. We( 3 of us) dress up as important women who have contributed to the fields of Math or Science. I portray Rear Admiral Grace Hopper , Grandmother of Computers. I also have Dr. Barbara McClintock a Nobel Winning geneticist, Dr. Eugenia Clark, The shark Lady, and Miss Maria Mitchell.....1st American Astronomer. The evaluations that the 6th grade students are so totally inspiring..................we touch lives.....all volunteer work.
I have been volunteering with AAUW for 40 years. I have seen many wonderful results of the goals and objectives of the organization. Funding has been provided to women to further their education for many decades and AAUW has been considered the largest non-profit provider of funds for women in higher education. All of us "out in the field" are not paid for our time, and we are dedicated providers of funds for the projects, scholarships, and discrimination/harassment law suits.
AAUW has been empowering women since since 1881. I have been a proud member for 30 years and for each of those years, AAUW has made an impact on the lives of women and girls. The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund, which has been a particular interest of mine, works to challenge sex discrimination in Higher Education and the Workplace through support of plaintiffs in court cases. Many of these women would not receive justice without support from AAUW. My life has been greatly enriched because of AAUW.
AAUW provides support for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy. I personally worked on a grant funded by AAUW to enhance science education for middle school girls. It was an amazing project that would not have happened without AAUW support
AAUW is a wonderful organization full of inspiring, amazing women, who pay it forward. Last year, they sponsored 4 bright young students from Seattle Girls' School for Tech Trek - a STEM camp. Seattle Girls' School staff is so grateful to AAUW for making that experience possible for those girls. Thank you AAUW for your advocacy and work on behalf of women and girls!
Having dealt with pay discrimination, AAUW has given me a voice to advocate for others who have not had a voice or were frightened to do so for fear of losing their job. AAUW is the most professional group of women who support and advocate for positive change for women and girls. Their stands are based on research and education.
AAUW supports education and equity for all girls and women. I grew up with AAUW as both my mother and aunt were active members in AAUW Branches. AAUW has allowed me to interact with many other educated women throughout several states I have worked in.
I have sought out AAUW Branchs as I have moved to different states for career opportunites. Finding college educated women in a new location has helped me with networking and finding all kinds of resources. I also grew up being aware of AAUW & its mission of education & advocacy for girls & women through my mother & aunt who were AAUW members for many years.
AAUW Funds is a way to be a HIP benefactor. It is High Impact Giving that maximizes my gift for the highest impact for women and girls. I am proud to be a member of the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle that has helped fund the latest AAUW research: "Graduating to a Pay Gap". As a member of the giving circle I can move beyond being an individual benefactor and be an active partner with this phenomenal organization. My individual giving is exponentially greater through this group and enables me to break down barriers for all women and girls. Research and philanthropy go hand in hand, but AAUW Funds also touch women scholars, legal advocacy, and help increase participation by women and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and Math). This is only the tip of the AAUW funding iceberg!
AAUW is a nationwide community of educated women who work to break down barriers for all women and girls. Being the first member of my family to receive a college degree, I know firsthand how important an education can be. Working with an incredibly talented staff of researchers, public policy advocates, and development strategists, AAUW is continuing a legacy of 130 years of committment to education, advocacy, research and philanthropy. One girl and woman at a time, in one local community at a time, AAUW continues to open doors and keep equity in the forefront.
AAUW supports education and equity for all women and girls. In 1980, I was one of those young women when I received my AAUW Rachel Carson Endowed Fellowship that saved me a year of graduate school because I could concentrate on my research rather than work for my tuition funding. EVERY year, AAUW supports women's education around the world, giving them voices with which to stand up for themselves and financial support to achieve their goals. AAUW also advocates for the rights of women and girls in a male-dominated society here in the United States. Today reproductive rights are being taken away from women by male-dominated legislatures around the country. AAUW members stand up for those rights and work for women to have the right to make decisions about their own bodies.
AAUW a first-class nonprofit. I joined after receiving in 1981 an American Fellowship for my graduate work in marine biology. That fellowship saved me a year by freeing my time up to focus on my doctorate. I have been a member since then and served in most levels of leadership at the branch and state levels. I am currently Public Policy Chair for AAUW of Maine. I have also served nationally on grant review panels for AAUW as well as two terms on the Educational Foundation Board. AAUW has improved steadily in my 30 years of involvement, does more, is more effective and efficient with its finances, and conducts its complex programs with skill. It is now a national leader in advocacy for education and equity for women and girls, effectively acting as a change agent for diverse issues (e.g., pay equity, sexual harassment and bullying in schools, getting out the vote, ensuring a healthy environment for raising children. AAUW supports education by providing hundreds of grants to women around the world and for graduate work, educational research, career development, and fields where women are underrepresented.
For more than 130 years, AAUW has put women and children first. AAUW works for equity for all - but especially for women and girls. Currently AAUW is leading the charge for Pay Equity. With the passage of the LIly Ledbetter Act with AAUW's help, the push is now on to raise the standard of living for women so women get more than 77 cents for every dollar made by a man. Raising that level of equity will impact ALL families nationwide - and what a simple solution to making things better for the American family. AAUW and its 150,000 members deserve our support of their mission - now and always!
For more than 130 years, AAUW has fought for the rights of women and girls. Whether developing the kindergarten system, marching for equal and reproductive rights, working to protect injustices in higher education and many more causes, AAUW has always been at the forefront of actions that make a difference.
Whether providing fellowships for advanced education or for research grants, AAUW promotes equality in education for all. Members raise more than $3 million annually to support the endowments and grants programs. The Legal Advocacy Fund of AAUW provides case-support for women who are involved in litigation in higher education programs nationwide.
Almost 100,000 members work not only at the national level but at the local level on projects and programs that benefit the lives of women, girls and families.
This is an outstanding organization that has a history of "putting its money where the need is" when it comes to issues affecting women and girls.
AAUW is a well-run and growing organization that supports equity for women and girls. They are exception stewards of their finances. They assist selected post graduates with grants and fellowship to help the students reach their goals.
AAUW is an outstanding organization. We continue to grow and focus our programs and funding on bringing more women into the STEM fields. AAUW also provides an annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, supports pay educational equity for women. Read about our Get Out The Vote program at www.aauw.org.
AAUW exists to provide a support network and advocacy group for women affiliated with the historically patricarchal world of higher education, providing women, like myself, with a network of colleagues who share experiences and support each other. The publications and listserv sponsored by AAUW are refreshing reminders not only of how far women have come in this field, but that there is more work to be done.
The AAUW has been the most amazing organization over the past year of my life and continues to amaze me. My involvement and awareness with the AAUW grew in March 2012 when the AAUW used Legal Advocacy Funds to sponsor a press conference for military rape survivors taking action at the National Press Club. Ms. Linda Hallman, CEO of the AAUW gave an incredibly though-provoking speech and encouraged survivors of military rape to continue to advocate and spark true societal and institutional reform within the Department of Defense and United States. Within minutes of the press conference ending, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, BBC, Reuters and the Associated Press all covered extensive stories on-topic and involved, "The Invisible War" multi-award winning documentary. Media inquiries continue to this day as a result of what the AAUW funded, yet also had the foresight to do: advocate for equality and action. I had the most sincere pleasure of attending the Florida State Convention of the AAUW and giving a speech representing how truly touched and grateful I was for their actions. The AAUW raises funds and campaigns for other women whom they may not ever meet. They raise funds, increase awareness and ask for equality on the premise and principle that it is the right thing to do and therefore a call to action is necessary. I have since met my local branch and joined the organization- I firmly believe that all eligible women should. Yesterday, the AAUW announced something even more bold, yet powerful. They will start an "Invisible War Campaign" at the branch level. The influence that this campaign will have over local communities, veterans and society will be monumental. The AAUW has now helped raise the bar even higher for men and women alike regarding ending the epidemic of injustice, sexual trauma and apathy within the military. Now is certainly the time to join this all-encompassing organization. I cannot say enough how truly grateful I am for this life-changing organization.
The AAUW has helped me overcome a very difficult situation in my life. They have assisted me as an individual, with integrity and respect, in a time I needed support. I could not imagine having to go through the unfair battles I faced as an individual without having the broad shoulders of the AAUW LAF team. I hold the up most respect for the AAUW because of their mission and actions. They have proven to me that they are a mission driven orginization, not just a name. I am a CEO of a longstanding non profit myself and feel I fully understand the roles and responsibilities required in leading a non profit agency. The AAUW is clearly a leader of all in the areas of respect, responsibility, integrity, honesty and caring. I could not imagine better service in any mission driven orginization. The world is clearly a better place because of the AAUW's good works!
The AAUW (Legal Advocacy Fund) came to my rescue so I could continue my fight against my former employer in a Title IX Retaliation Lawsuit. There support was immediate and made a huge impact on all involved with the case. The more I learn about the AAUW the more I realize that all women would benefit from being a part of this organization. As I travel and speak on their behalf I am so embraced and supported by the membership that I am compelled to tell everyone that they should join. I was fortunate and settled my lawsuit and the support I receive from AAUW Women from all across this country gets strronger everyday!! Thanks AAUW!!!
I have been a member of the American Association for University Women (AAUW) for eight years. AAUW has been serving women for over 100 years in the US. AAUW was one of the main supporters of the effort to get women the right to vote in 1917. AAUW was a central player in getting Title IV passed so that everyone, including women, had access to all public educational opportunities, including athletics. AAUUW has worked faithfully for years for equal pay for women in the workplace, despite many roadblocks. AAUW has a legal defense fund to support women who are challenging the "system" regarding discrimination based on gender. AAUW provides scholarships for women of other countries as well as American women to pursue areas of study related to women's rights and self-sufficiency. The money for the legal defense fund + the scholarships comes from members and others interested in supporting the causes that AAUW promotes, based on their mission statement.
AAUW is more than an organization that supports gender equity. As individuals, they are strong, profesisonal, generous, compassionate and rightous human beings. As an LAF supported Plaintiff, I have met some of the most amazing women, who have lifted me up, supported me, and given me the courage to keep going. AAUW leads the charge to help girls and women conquer important issues and become strong leaders.
Having been a member raising funds for AAUW for 34 years, I have come to greatly admire the projects, the information and the quality of the women funded for scholarships. The money is raised in many ways: outright donation, selling books at Book sales, wreath sales, kitchen tours and wine tasting events. You name it the Branches have successfully tried it and made the money to fund their dreams for women and girls equity. As the funds are carefully raised so are the projects and scholarships carefully chosen to give the biggest quality outcome. It is a pleasure to serve the many aims of AAUW.
My introduction to AAUW came when I was in college at the beginning of the 1950's. My mother was an AAUW member in Auburn, AL and I would occasionally visit the meetings when I was home on vacation. After college I corresponded with a classmate who had gone to Ethiopia to reunite with her father who had been Minister of Justice in the Polish government when the Nazis invaded Poland. He went to North Africa to fight with British Forces against Rommell and settled in Ethiopia after the war and codified Ethiopian law for Haille Selassie! My friend wrote long, interesting, detailed letters about Ethiopia which my mother wove into a program for AAUW! My participation has been on the Program Committee for my branch for several years. I have enjoyed meeting likeminded women who value AAUW's initiatives in education, national policy, etc.
On all the issues that impact women and girls, the AAUW remains in the forefront. It lead the nation in pushing for equal opportunities for women in school athletics; it remains steadfast in the push for Pay Equity and personal rights. In these times when women feel under attack, the AAUW plays a vital role in securing equality for all women and offers great hope that religious and political zealots will not determine the course of the nation.
As a young woman, divorced with two young children, no child support, and working to earn a degree, local AAUW members encouraged my return to college. Only later, middle-aged and married again with a professional career and two more children, did I have time to commit to a volunteer organization. My choice of AAUW was a natural given its commitment to equity for women and education for women and girls. My volunteer work with AAUW locally and at state and national levels brings results and satisfaction. I still work with younger women and old in my local branch to support positive changes in our community and state. The fellowships AAUW supports for women graduates around the world are an important symbol of the path that brought me where I am. A leader in national advocacy for its defining issues, AAUW helps to secure values I am committed to.
I joined AAUW when I was a mother of small children in the early ‘70s because it was a lifeline to adult conversation. I stayed on because it became it became clear to me that AAUW is a source of strength, optimism, and esteem-promoting, life-enhancing change for all women of all ages and circumstances. By working together toward equity for women (and therefore equity for all) — in education, in the workplace, in health care benefits — we in AAUW multiply exponentially our individual power to make a difference in the lives of the women and girls who come after us. And through our community programs and scholarships, we encourage an interest in life-long learning and an understanding of what women have contributed down through history. In addition to the pride of knowing that I’ve played a role in all this there has been the reward of personal growth and enrichment from my nine years as branch public policy representative.
AAUW is the only organization that I support. It is focused on advancing equity for women and girls, it puts millions of dollars toward furthering education and supporting legal action as needed, and each local branch has its own projects that further the mission. I belong to and support AAUW for myself and my friends' daughters, grand daughters, nieces, grand nieces, CHILDFUND foster children AND the men in their lives.
I first joined AAUW forty years ago as a first time mother in search of adult conversation. Over the years, I have been a member and officer in 8 branches in Virginia and California. Whenever I moved, I knew that I would find like minded women in the local branch of AAUW. And when I didn't find one, I found a group of like minded women and started a branch. During the 80s, I saw women in my branches applying to law school, being accepted, graduating and passing the bar. They inspired me to do the same, breaking through barriers that were present when I first graduated from college and fulfilling a life long dream. I am particularly impressed with the AAUW legislative program and the tools that enable us to connect with our state and national legislators on issues of equity in pay, education, reproductive rights, and justice.
The AAUW Board Experience has taught me many leadership skills including public speaking, volunteer and program management.
Today, using the support AAUW gives the volunteers of the Capital Hill Lobby Corps, I was in the office of a US senator. I had attended a briefing prepared by a member of the organization, and was comfortable in my role advocating for girls' athletic opportunities. The legislative chief came out, and I gave him my polite, prepared heartfelt sentence. We talked more, he told me of his neighbor's involvement in the Olympics, and I think I might have gotten the support of this office. I was there for the girls who haven't yet been disappointed. This organization gives me the tools, as a volunteer, to try to make the future better.
AAUW provides an opportunity for women to join a local group (branch) of women who are simillar minded in wanting to advocate for equity for women and girls. Last summer I relocated to New Bern, NC with my husband from MI where I was an AAUW member. I contacted the New Bern Branch President about joining AAUW. She responded to me from Israel where she was traveling at the time inviting me to the Branch's Sept. meeting. In August she invited me to a special meeting of NC State representatives where I learned about a Pilot Project for Public Policy to be initiated in 2011. I volunteered to be our branch Public Policy "sender" providing information updates as well as "Take Action" advocacy opportunities on the Federal and State level for our New Bern Branch members who signed on to participate in the pilot. This volunteer opportunity proves to be very educational for me. I am grateful to help our members become more involved in Public Policy. I am learning so much about the NC Legislature in my newly "adopted" state. Our NC General Assembly is currently in session and it is amazing to follow legislation re. Education which is the issue we are following. Besides making new friends I am now volunteering in a new area, Public Policy that I find very rewarding and a way to challenge my mind at age 68. Thanks so much AAUW!!
Participated in Pay Equity Day in MO. Women on average make 77 cents to $1 a man make in his career. $1.2 million less AAUWMO delivered informational packets to our state & federal legislators on 4/17/2012.
During the many years when women's organizations shied away from advocacy - were fearful of "controversy" - AAUW never lost sight of its mission. During those years, AAUW was a beacon for women committed to press for equity and justice, energizing so many of us. I'm proud to be a part of AAUW and its work.