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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Education, Graduate & Professional Schools, Philanthropy, Private Operating Foundations, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Women, Womens Rights

Mission:
Our mission is bold― to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. We are not satisfied to simply document and discuss the inequities women and girls face. AAUW aims to achieve equity through practical solutions in education, workplaces, and communities.

Results:
AAUW is proud of its achievements in 2018, which include:

• Unveiling a free, online Work Smart course— available at salary.aauw.org— that can be taken in an hour by anyone, anywhere. The new tool is instrumental in our efforts to train 10 million women in salary negotiation by 2022 and help close the pay gap by 2030.

• Joining Mayor Sly James and the Women’s Foundation to launch Work Smart in Kansas City, the first phase of a large-scale initiative to train 1 million women to negotiate for better salaries across Kansas and Missouri.

• Working with city and state leaders to ban the use of salary history in hiring, a practice that puts women at a significant financial disadvantage due to prior discrimination. Governors signed executive orders prohibiting the practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and legislators enacted laws in Louisville, Kentucky; Kansas City, Missouri; and Salt Lake City, Utah.

• Releasing the 2018 the Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, which found that women working full time are still paid, on average, only 80 cents for every dollar paid to a man— a figure that has changed by less than a nickel during the 21st century. Two other research reports updated this year documented that women remain vastly underrepresented in top nonprofit positions and are disproportionately affected by student debt.

Target demographics: Women and girls

Geographic areas served: Nationwide and International

Programs:
AAUW Start Smart: AAUW Start Smart is a salary negotiation workshop designed for college women who are approaching the job market and need resources to help negotiate for a new job.


AAUW Work Smart: AAUW Work Smart is a salary negotiation workshop designed for women who are already in the workforce at any career level. It provides resources to negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion.


AAUW Work Smart Online: A free online course that captures the essential information of the in-person Work Smart workshops, but in a more flexible format. The course is comprised of several educational modules that users can move through in any order, and completing the full course only takes about 1 hour.


AAUW Empower: AAUW Empower events provide women with leadership skills and networking opportunities to increase their skills and ignite personal and professional growth. The workshops and discussions increase participants’ confidence levels and understanding about how best to advance their potential and make their ambitions a reality.

Community Stories

239 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 aeblackwell

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. They worked hard and stay focus on the needs of women and children. It is such a dynamic and powerful group of women that I always feel empowered to achieve anything when I am around them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I joined AAUW in 1995, I have participated in several of its activities including grassroots lobbying in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on issues that are critically important to women, girls and families including supporting the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and advocating on behalf of the Paycheck Fairness Act. I have been provided with excellent briefings and issue papers that prepare me for our visits to the Senate and the House. I advocate for and against the proposed bills, provide information to support our positions on the bills, answer questions raised by staff members and help them understand our views on the bills and the importance of these to our members. I feel like I am making a difference in the lives of woman and girls throughout our country by being involved in the advocacy efforts of the AAUW. I am part of the AAUW International Conversation and Cultural Exchange groups where I have opportunities to meet diplomats from around the world, get to know them and share information about their countries and their culture and our country. These meetings with diplomats help to promote peace between different people and countries. I have attended many branch meetings where issues that are important to women including Title IX and educational opportunities, healthcare for women, and pay equity, among other issues, are discussed. I have met many friends through AAUW. I love AAUW and highly recommend this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the AAUW! I am a grassroots volunteer lobbyist for AAUW which means I join other AAUW members who are part of Lobby Corps and go to Capitol Hill whenever Congress is in session to lobby on bills that are important to women and families. I love to be involved in a dynamic organization like AAUW which is working everyday to better the lives of all women and families. I like keeping up with the important issues being discussed in the Senate and the Congress. I also participate in the international conversation groups that AAUW hosts with the international community. Twice a month we host coffees that the spouses of the diplomats attend and we discuss a variety of topics. This is a wonderful way to learn more about countries around the world and make some lasting friendships with women from other countries. I have been a member of AAUW for about 17 years and am very happy I joined.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined AAUW in 1974 when I returned to my alma mater as a professor in the English Department. I was mentored by Dr. Lucille Griffith, who had been mentored and was a personal friend of Dr. Hallie Farmer, who had been a professor at Montevallo for 30 years. Hallie Farmer is my hero; her courage, her passion for promoting civil rights, equal rights, fairness in society has been my inspiration. My goal has been to continue the fight that Hallie Farmer began on a small, liberal arts campus in central Alabama and continued successfully in Washington with AAUW. With her as a model, I have become an activist in public policy, at the local, state, and national levels. In my role as a teacher, I have tried to encourage young women, students and professionals, to become involved in politics, in public service, in AAUW. No other organization provides as much leadership--in its research in women's issues, in its advocacy in government, in its support of educational fellowships, in its legal advocacy for change. I am proud to have AAUW as a major part of my professional and personal resume.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I joined AAUW because a friend was a member. I have found, though, that I've made many new friends through AAUW. Just as important, it provides me with accurate, up-to-date national public policy information and an opportunity to serve my community through our scholarship fund program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of AAUW since the mid-70s. I joined because I had suffered employment discrimination and wanted to be part of an organization that was working hard -- and effectively -- to make significant inroads. One of the reasons I've maintained my membership all these years is because AAUW is always ready and able to take a leadership role to meet the challenges women continually face. In addition, AAUW has provided a place for me to develop leadership skills. Even when I fell flat on my face, another member was there to tell me how gracefully I took that fall. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served AAUW in many leadership roles in four different states.

garfeinc

Board Member

Rating: 5

As President of AAUW I couldn't be more proud of the efforts we are making to break through barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance. Our lobbying efforts, our philanthropy and our research all support the mission. Branches throughout the country are working with girls in their communities to encourage their studies in the higher-paying STEM fields. Our Legal Advocacy Fund is assisting plaintiffs who are seeking remedies for gender discrimination. We are leading the movement to pass Paycheck Fairness legislation. Our college and university partners are working with us to educate young women on the issues that affect them, and encouraging them to participate in the political process by running for office and by voting.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Since it's founding more than 130 years ago, AAUW has supported women's efforts to acheive educational and economic equity.

Our widely-respected research puts public focus on important issues. One of our earliest studies demonstrated that girls and boys were treated differently in the classroom, beginning in grades K-6. It spawned programs of teacher training around the country. We have also documented a pay gap between men and women, even among college graduates after one year of employment. As a result, we have begun workshops training women college seniors on negotiating skills.

Upcoming research will update previous studies on sexual harrassment in middle and high schools, including a focus on cyber-bully. And we will continue our research on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. I had the honor recently of representing AAUW at a White House reception where AAUW was cited for the our programs in communities around the country to encourage middle school girls to pursue careers in STEM.

AAUW is also one of the largest, if not the largest, non-university funder of post graduate study for women. Anuually, we award between 3 and 5 million dollars to American and International scholars for their post graduate studies. The money to support this program is raised by our 100,000 members and donors nationwide. Members contributed $100,000 dollars in my name to fund a Carolyn Garfein American Fellowship, so that in perpetuity, a woman will benefit from their generousity and tribute to me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an AAUW member since 1993. Working with AAUW in branch leadership positions has honed my consensus-building skills and my organizational capacity. Working with Lobby Corps has taught me to speak out on issues of importance to women and girls.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW has provided me with a truly unique volunteer experience. Along with over 30 other women in the Washington DC area, I am a part of Lobby Corps. We extend the policy advocacy of all members in local affiliates by meeting each Thursday morning to be briefed on particular legislation and then talk to talk face-to-face with congressional staffers about the issues. Most of us on Lobby Corps have been volunteering in this way for years.

Kay_4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a member and supporter of AAUW for nearly60 years, having joined soon after I graduated from LSU...I believe in the AAUW Mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.


hurley.kmh

Client Served

Rating: 5

AAUW has provided me and my university with a program like no other. AAUW puts on Elect Her- Campus Women Win at 30+ colleges and universities across the United States. Elect Her empowers women to run for elected office. Political office, student government, and elected campus club position, anything! There are so few women in president and vice-president roles, and the Elect Her program through AAUW has shown me that I have the skills and the tools to become president of an organization or win an election! Thanks to the AAUW and Elect Her, I am more confident in my abilities as a leader and as a woman.

janjacks

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an African American “Boomer” woman, I have spent my entire adult life working with civil rights and women’s rights organizations. Nonetheless, the advocacy that I learned and am still developing in the AAUW “Voices” Project is unique and extraordinary. A diverse group of women from all over the nation have been brought together to learn how to write op-eds which both support progressive women’s socio-political views and increase the number of women now underrepresented in media opinion pieces. I have had editorials published in New Jersey’s major publications on women and social security, as well as the future role of our millennial women.
Over the years, I have been an AAUW member on the sidelines observing the organization’s many pursuits of its mission to “advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.” The AAUW “Voices” Project has taught me how to access a much more activist role in the organization. A retired educator with 40+ years experience, AAUW has reinvigorated and enriched my commitment to community-strengthening teaching and learning for women and their families. I look forward to the continued growth and success of the AAUW “Voices” Project and its innovative impact on other organizational initiatives.
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Janjacks is a retired educator and participant in the AAUW Voices Project; President Emeritus of the New Jersey Association of Black Educators; a member of AFT-Retired, NJEA-Retired; the North Jersey Negro Business and Professional Women; the Plainfield League of Women Voters; the National Council of Negro Women; and the NAACP.
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I recently had my first experience with AAUW and learning about their purpose and mission for empowering women. They helped fund my trip to the Washington DC for the NCCWSL ( National Conference for College Women of Student Leaders) conference. I had the best time being around women who are going out into the world making their voice be known. I did not know much about AAUW until I went to one of their events called Elect Her at my university; Pacific Lutheran University. Elect Her was about women having a voice and being leaders in the political world. More women need to be apart of the political scene due to men dominating it. That was the first time hearing about AAUW and wanting to become more involved in the organization. At the end of the conference I can truly say I made great relationships with women who want to empower other women and make a mark in the world that women do have a voice and ideas to share. I will continue to learn, listen and speak out with AAUW for empowering women.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the National Conference for college Women Student Leaders and it was an absolutely awesome experience. I enjoyed hearing from other women who have made it and are still making a huge impact in our world. I am a mentor, an advocate and a missionary and attending this conference has solidified everything I have been doing. I am inspired to go on and continue to fight for the rights of women and human rights in general. I am grateful and I thank all of the women who attended as well, especially the key note speakers. They took the time out to come and share there great accomplishments, for that I am thankful. YOLANDA

Alyssa Renee T.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

AAUW was an outstanding experience that I am very appreciative I had the opportunity to attend. I was able to network and connect with the most outstanding women i have ever met and was able to look into wonderful graduate programs I had not even considered before. Becuase of AAUW I am closer to women all across the country, have made friendships with these women, and have support no matter where I choose to go from here.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AAUW is a powerful organization that empowers women across the country. I recently participated in the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders hosted by AAUW and it was a life-changing event. AAUW is a pioneer in the field of addressing women's issues and is a phenomenal organization that serves countless women.

Juana E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The AAUW has provided me with the opportunity to expand my horizons geographically as well as mentally. As an attendee to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, I was able to gain practical knowledge for balance in a competitive career and social world. Meeting women from all over the country who believe in equal pay for women and are promoting social change in their lives for their families and communities was reinvigorating. I think all women would benefit from programs like these that the AAUW holds. The organization works as an invaluable resource and support system for developing women leaders.

Donna36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a 20-year member of AAUW, it is the most satisfying organization I belong to, and I belong to many. The scope of work continues to meet critical needs in the community and the nation. It offers fabulous leadership training experiences. The philanthropy opportunities are many and targeted, so you can support those aspects of the work you are most interested in. The opportunities to make a positive difference at every level – local, regional and nationally – are endless. The people I have met over the years are among my closest friends and the only way I would have met them is through AAUW since they span the state and the nation in geography. AAUW is a great organization and I am so proud of the work we do and to be a member.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been a life saver to me. I had been a care giver for my husband for several years before he passed away. Then I had a huge need to "get out of the house," so I joined AAUW. I found, not only fantastic, intelligent, lifelong women friends, but vast programs to help the lives of women and girls. I immediately got involved in raising money for scholarships for women and also to support legal cases of women who have been victims of discrimination, harassment or other unfair treatment. I regularly send letters to my Senators, Representatives, and state legislators to vote for bills that will improve the lives of women and girls. Our state sponsors a program where our local groups can raise money for 8th grade girls to spend a week at a local college or University immersed in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) because women are so badly underrepresented in these fields. At the local level, I've been involved with the students at our local university which has greatly expanded my horizon, as well as participating in other local projects, such as passing out our research reports to our school board members, and participating in candidates forums. I don't know how much I've contributed to AAUW, but I do know that AAUW has enormously enriched my life, improved my self confidence and self esteem, and given me leadership skills that I never had. I hope this wonderful program will continue for another 130 years.

Nancy49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the Co-President of our local branch of AAUW, and have participated in the national AAUW Voices Project (writing Op-Eds that have been published in several newspapers). AAUW is one of the few women's organizations that is working on issues that I find important: pay equity, gender discrimination in the workplace, empowerment of women in general, etc. AAUW offers exceptional leadership opportunities at all levels (local, state, and national), and commissions outstanding research on issues pertaining to women. I would highly recommend that anyone who cares about women's equity get involved and join AAUW.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Members of AAUW advance the mission of equity for women and girls in their own communities using the resources provided by our great parent organization. We can rely on AAUW to provide research, updates, publications, media guidance and developed programs. These resources enable us to carry out programs in our communities on issues such as pay equity, reproductive rights, civil rights and many other issues. A great example is a project I recently worked on with other members of the San Jose branch of AAUW. "Sports Equity" is a community action project of AAUW San Jose. Members recently participated in the Know The Score program of AAUW. We visited local highs schools to conduct s low level observation on compliance with Title IX. The results were reported on to the high schools with recommendations for improvement, if needed. We are following up with a commitment from the schools to include Title IX information in the student handbooks and including contact information for the Title IX coordinator. Material developed by AAUW will be included in the freshman orientation packets this fall. Title IX coordinators will be provided with a copy of "Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Schools" research. We followed the program designed by AAUW program experts and AAUW research. What might have seemed an overwhelming amount of program development was already available to our members who wanted to advance the beneficial aspects of Title IX in our local community. There are a number of other programs our branch is using to promote the mission of AAUW, which is the reason we joined this incredible organization iun the first place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

A friend invited me to an LAF luncheon. Then she invited me to another. Both were very interesting. Then she invited me to one of her branch meetings where I met a number of very interesting women. Unbeknownst to her, I had already decided that when the time was right, I would join AAUW. In September of 2010, the time was right and I joined the branch. Within a little over a year I have become a member of the board, attended both the national and state conventions and have learned SO MUCH about equality for women and girls I can't begin to write it all here. AAUW is an organization I am proud to be a part of where I am given the tools to make a difference.

Roberta11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW is unparalleled in the advocacy work it does on behalf of women and girls. Women make up 50% of the population, but are under-represented in most influencing spheres of our lives. With its top-drawer research reports on the status of girls and women in non-traditional fields, legal advocacy fund, grants to young women, public policy activities and programs to get girls in the still elusive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, I believe there is no organization that influences public policy to the degree AAUW does. I'm volunteering at both the local and national levels -- that's how much I want to support AAUW. I strongly encourage that you award AAUW for the work it does to help women and families!

Beverly W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW is The American Association of University Women. Our chapter is made up of women of varying ages and interests, but we also have much in common which finds expression in our meetings and activities. (1.) Our organization EDUCATES. Members didn't cease to lean when they graduated from their own university settings. We design our monthly prgrams carefully to give us opportunities to learn about new trends and new challenges facing women, not just locally, but around the world. Our chapter seeks ways to empower girls of middle school age for positive future roles. In the name of our organization, we also offer scholarship aid to Re-entry Women attending colleges in our area. (2.) Our organization ENTERTAINS. Through our annual Membership Tea and Spring Picnic, we socialize and get to know each other better. We invite friends to join in with us to attend concerts, go to hear outstanding speakers, visit museums and much more. (3.) Our organization ENERGIZES. Most of us like to read, and the discussions that take place in our two Book Groups never fail to stimulate our minds and our compassion for others. Our fund-raising projects require the energy of all who participate. These efforts arise because we are motivated by the projects we support, particularly to advance educational opportunities for women and to finance Legal Advocacy for women in the workplace. IN CONCLUSION -- a CHALLENGE. (4.) Every organization can improve by taking time to EVALUATE its mission, its structure, its outreach. AAUW is thriving and contributing, and I'm happy to continue my membership of many years.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a member of AAUW two years ago only because I had heard of the organization many years ago. I didn't have time to get very involved in a new organization. Then I saw the description of the "Great Decisions" group. I bedcame an avid fan at my first meeting and have continued to enjoy learning about international issues and events. What surprised me most was the caliber of women in the group. Our discussions were on a level that most of us seldom enjoy in our everyday lives. Moreover, despite the political nature of the topics we discussed, we manage to discuss these issues in a way that respects our differing viewpoints and we learn from each other. Two other things about our branch of the AAUW: (1) the nature and frequency of the communication; and (2) the nature of frequency of events. The club president not only sent emails, but she sent individual emails to me (and no doubt to others) encouraging me to participate and making me feel a part of the organization. The events that have impressed me are the monthly dining out group, the monthly "drop in" lunch bunch, and the yearly fashion show that earns money for us. This year, I've accepted the role of Co-Chair of the Program Committee. Each committee has co-chairs which I think is an excellent idea; it puts so much less stress on one person charged with doing everything. I'm looking forward to greater participation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional fundraiser for more than 28 years, I have always been impressed with the high calibre of care and commitment AAUW takes in allocating their charitable monies. Branch members from across the country work to raise funds for fellowships, research, community projects, equity, advocacy and leadership - - all focused on helping women break through barriers. Branch members also serve on the allocation teams that review hundreds of applications to select the most appropriate recipients. It is a process all can be proud of and as a 39 year member of AAUW, I certainly am! It is philanthropy that puts our mission in action!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I wasn't always a leader. I wanted to be, but it took awhile to develop my skills - - and AAUW helped me do that. Now I have had the pleasure of serving AAUW in two states and five different branches in a variety of leadership roles. I never worry about having friends - - no matter where I am, AAUW is there. AAUW offers women the opportunities needed in today's world to stay current, stay connected and stay involved in making important changes for the good of all. As a national organization, it is a prominent voice in legislative affairs impacting women and I can add my voice through AAUW's Two-Minute Activist! Easy and fast! I've worked with AAUW members in their twenty's and those in thier nineties! ALL were a part of AAUW because they want to make a difference for women and girls. I'm proud to be one of them!

Jennifer97

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I re-joined AAUW in 2007 and have served on the branch board since 2008. This has helped enrich my life and my self-confidence. I have also made friends with many women who have helped me personally and whose company I enjoy. I have had the rewards from being part of the process that awards scholarships and educates students. I have enjoyed advocating for things I believe in. And I have enjoyed leading the branch, as well as helping with state and national projects, like NCCWSL. I recommend this organization highly.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love their research reports. Important issues, timely, and actually readable (unlike so many policy papers). It's nice to know that gender inequality is not a forgotten cause because we are far from done.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a national board member, I have had the privilege of interacting with a number of AAUW states and branches across the U.S. From Guam to Hawaii to Utah, North Dakota, Indiana, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and others, the AAUW mission of equity for women and girls is meaningful and dynamic. Our members express their interests and strengths in different, innovative ways as they implement AAUW programs and public policies. Whether through STEM community initiatives, Campus Action Projects addressing sexual harassment, support of Legal Advocacy Fund plaintiffs in precedent-setting gender equity cases, or any of AAUW's action items, our members live the mission and create change within their communities, regions and world for improvement in the lives of women and families. I am proud to be a part of AAUW!

L. Carol N.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member and leader in AAUW since 1987. It is an amazing group of women who accomplish great things in support of women and girls. It has given me terrific leadership opportunities and wonderful friends. Go AAUW.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AAUW does extraordinary work, in research and public policy/advocacy, to address important issues that affect the quality of life for women and girls. It collaborates with other organizations to achieve its objectives. The organization is an excellent steward of its finances to assure that expenditure of membership dues and contributions are aligned with purpose and mission. In this current era of the erosion of women's rights, AAUW is the leader we need.

Maria29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Kamala A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have had a wonderful experience on AAUW's Student Advisory Committee this year. I have grown educationally, emotionally, and as a leader. This has been the best experience of my life. I have been apart of a wonderfully supporting and encouraging group of women.

Katie37

Client Served

Rating: 5

AAUW helped me gain confidence in my leadership skills, provided opportunities for networking, and encouraged my continued success as a senior college student!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Sandy26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Ruth W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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...

Anne37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Dot M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Advancing equity for women and girls... a simple phrase but not an easy goal to reach. I personally experienced pay discrimination in the workplace, I will never forget the way I felt the day I found out I was getting paid less than a man doing a job ranked beneath mine. I don't ever want another women to experience that feeling. When I found AAUW its mission resonated with me and still does. I am a proud member and volunteer of this 130-year old organization. I will continue to work to realize our mission so women, men, and families are treated fairly .

Lynne R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jayne K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of AAUW for nearly half of my life. My grandmother introduced me to the organization shortly after I graduated from college. I have been given many opportunities to develop my leadership skills, practice public speaking, hone event planning skills, network with skilled and knowledgeable women. But aside from the personal growth and wonderful friendships, I am proud to be a part of the tremendous good that this organization does in the world on behalf of women and girls. Our history is full of incredible success stories and milestones. We have much work still to do but I am confident that AAUW will make the necessary progress and I plan to be there to help!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of AAUW for many years. I have developed connections with strong women leaders across the state of Missouri and nationally. I have served in many leadership roles in the Kansas City Branch and I am currently the president-elect for Missouri. AAUW has helped me develop my leadership skills and make my voice heard on issues affecting women and pay equity. I can use the power of the AAUW Public Policy department in Washington, DC. They help me communicate more effectively with my representative and Senators in Washington, DC and Missourii.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I had just moved to another state because of my husband's job relocation and had to leave behind a fulfilling job,family and friends. I was searching for a purpose to guide my life and then I discovered AAUW. I was able tobchannel my energies into helping them develop policies to promote equity for all women. AAUW excels at producing nationally renowned research on women's issues as well as fundraising to provide scholarships and fellowships. In addition, funding is provided to assist women obtain legal assistance. We encourage women to protect their rights through participating in grass roots advocacy. AAUW is truly an outstanding non profit organization that has made and will continue to make a tremendous difference in women's lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the last 40+ years I have been a member, volunteer and supporter of a number of womens organizations and associations. None of those groups comes close to the level of service, advocacy, education, and research of AAUW. The myriad of approaches that AAUW takes to address barriers facing women is impressive to say the least and effective to say the most. AAUW impacts the lives of women and girls everyday not only across the country, but globally. The professionalism, expertise and competence of the staff, officers and directors together with the dedication to philanthropy, volunteerism, and implementation of programs of its members make AAUW a top non profit organization. I am proud to be a member/supporter of AAUW.

Julia T. Brown

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

So proud to be a member: in the past year of buildup of attacks on what we thought were long-established rights and freedoms for women, AAUW is taking lead in coordinating women's voting projects, media campaigns, legal challenges, support for organizations providing health care and other social services to women. Lobbying for equal pay and other issues on Capitol Hill and at the White House has focused attention on AAUW. AAUW staff have also modeled campaigns against street harassment, and use of social media to educate people on women's issues. The scholarship program practices what AAUW preaches about education al opportunity for women. International outreach is also on the rise. Such a dynamic organization, so committed, so well managed!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

AAUW launched a whole new career for me in public speaking and public policy advocacy. I gained expertise and confidence after being invited to speak at some meetings and conventions. The personal support and the resources on the website, as well as the networking, have allowed me to use my law degree in a whole new way. Serving as an officer has helped develop leadership skills.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For many years, the AAUW Erie Branch has supported our organization, Environment Erie. The members have graciously awarded us numerous grants for educational programs geared towards undeserved girls in our community. The members however take funding to the next level by becoming personally involved in the programs and making a positive impact on the girls served!

For instance, this past year the AAUW Erie Branch funded a program that offered four field trips for girls age 11-14 that created an awareness and generated an interest in green collar careers. The four field trips took place during after-school hours and included a snack and light supper prepared by member of AAUW. Members also presented during the dinner hour; interacting with the girls, sharing personal experiences and career advice.

Each week, the girls left the program with heightened energy and a renewed since of self confidence and ability! I often see the same girls at different events and they always ask if they will have the opportunity to once again be part of the AAUW after school program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW provides women and girls all over the world and at all levels of education with the support they need to do great things. AAUW has been there to support everything from title IX to Roe v. Wade to preventing sexual harassment and bullying in our schools. AAUW has my vote as the leading women's organization in the US.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a higher education professional for thirty years, matriarch of an all female family and researcher in women's issues I am very grateful for the efforts of AAUW at all levels. As a bonafide advocate for women and girls, AAUW became my go-to place for truthful representation of women's rights. I benefited from the research done by their staff as I was writing my book on the status of women and women's issues. The information was well founded and gave me documentation I needed to prove my points. The Leadership development programs such as NCCWSL (National Conference for College Women Student Leaders) and Campus Women Win are also near and dear to my heart since they provide experiences and tools to women for success in a very competitive society. I commend AAUW for their advocacy, research and overall ability to raise awareness about the successes and challenges to all areas relevant and important to the well being of women and girls.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an educator and advocate for women, I found the perfect organization in AAUW. That was 30 years ago. With its research on women's issues, its advocacy and action projects designed to have a positive impact on those issues, AAUW has changed the lives of countless women in this country and in other parts of the world. Whether it be sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, domestic violence, women's reproductive health, and a plethera of other issues, AAUW is there as advocates for and allies to women and girls. Education- teaching women about resources and strategies to confront these issues - is the common theme. AAUW research on campus sexual harassment helps student and faculty learn how to deal with and work to eliminate the problem. AAUW research on the underrepresentation of women in government spawned on campus training sessions called "Elect Her." AAUW research on the gender wage gap resulted in salary negotiations workshops on campuses. Most impressive to me, I would say, is the millions of dollars for scholarships and fellowships to ensure that hundreds of women from America and countries far and wide can pursue graduate degress and important research. This is an organization that I am proud to belong to, proud to volunteer for, and proud to support financially. You should do the same.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW has been involved in education for 130 years, since its founding. AAUW gives over 3.7 million dollar yearly to wommen both in USA and worldwide to continue their education . These educated women use their knowledege and skills learned to make this a better world for us all.

Two very close friends of mine have received funds from AAUW to continue their studies. One in the encironmental sciences. Tthe other in counculing students to understand themselves better and plan for their futures. These women exemplify Education 4 All.

AAUW advocates for education, both locally & nationally. AAUW's Public Policy Program approved by the memmbership supports a strong system of public education and advocates for "adequate and equitable funding for quality public education for all students." Our 100,00 members believe in and value education. They are advocates for federal and state legislation that brings all facets of edcation to people. They raise money for local scholarships as well as the Educational Opportunities Fund. They work with children and adults individually to further their education.

Education in its many aspects is the keystone of AAUW.





Betsy M.

Donor

Rating: 4

I am gratified by AAUW's growing impact in equity issues for women and girls. I have examined the 990s and feel my donations are being used in a productive and ethical way.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AAUW is widely respected for its research which is focused on improving equity for both women and girls. Last year, AAUW published the report "Why So Few" which identifies key reasons why women are underrepresented in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. On average, women represent less than 25% of the workforce in these fields and for the highest paying jobs, less than 15%. This disparity has a direct impact on women's earnings and at the national level reduces the quality and innovative potential of US products.

The research provides guidance on how parents should guide girls toward, not away from, STEM and improvements in the educational setting that will welcome women's participation in these fields.

This research is just one of many key reports over the 130 year history of AAUW that helps to make meaningful improvements in the lives of women and girls.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the American Association of University Women years ago to meet like-minded women and to have on-going educational opportunities. AAUW has met these goals and given me so much more!
AAUW is an organization of dedicated and talented members, working together to break through barriers, so women and girls have equal opportunities. I want the world to be a better place for future generations.

Thanks AAUW!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for AAUW in a National Committee role, a state board member and hold a local office. I was asked to join AAUW 3 years ago - an organization I knew nothing about, but have grown to love their causes and the individuals who make up the organziation. I see their mission statement advancing the equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research in action. After attending the National Conference in Washington DC in June, I came away energized wanting to do all I could for the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW, American Association of University Women, is the most dynamic organization I have ever belonged to. I am so proud to be a member, a State Officer from Kentucky and also a member of the National Fundraising Committee. This organization advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. It's membership has in the past and will continue in the future to break through education and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. For 130 years, we have worked towards educational, social, economic, and political equality for women. For more information on becoming a member, please visit AAUW's website: aauw.org.



Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined AAUW to give back to my community and to support their mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. What I received in return was friendship with like-minded women and the knowledge that I was helping to make a difference for women and girls both in my local area, as well as nationally. As a fisheries biologist in a male dominated field, it was important to me that they worked at widening the pipeline for female students to enter the highly-employable fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), has a long history of breaking through barriers for both women and girls. It has made a huge difference in many lives and continues to go forward with strong efforts of women and men throughout the US.

mkaymiller

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mother was active in AAUW all her adult life. I am happy to carry on the tradition. And, I have been honored to be on both the giving and the receiving sides of the equation. While in college, I received a grant from AAUW which enabled a year of my education. It came at a time that made all the difference to me. Thank you, AAUW.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have belong to AAUW for almost 30 years. It has been my way to connect with women when I moved to 3 different states--women that I knew could help me meet other women and develop professional and personal networks.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW is the organization that helped me "find my voice". I learned my leadership and public speaking skills through my years as a volunteer. I started at the local level and worked my way up through the state and then to the National level of leadership. I have made presentations to many large groups and I never knew I had that skill until I was "forced" into many public speaking situations. I am most proud of the 30-minute political tv show in which I went up against the Governor's attorney on the topic of Affirmative Action and "quotas". Without the support and guidance of AAUW members and staff, I believe that I would still be a classroom teacher who would have done nothing outside of the classroom to affect change for women and girls. AAUW made me the advocate that I am for breaking down barriers for ALL women and girls!

Kim C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAUW has been an inspiration to people in our area for many years. They have promoted the benefits of being civic minded and publically promoted the right to vote to women. They educate young women on women's history and how far women have come over the years. Many women still don't understand that they make an average of .77 cents on the dollar while their male counterpart is making the whole $1.00. AAUW has brought awarenss and encouragement to women across the country by promoting pay equity, safe work and school environment and many other issues concerning women. Without AAUW, women would fall even further behind their male counterparts. AAUW allows women to network with other women. This provides mentors when a situation proves to be unfair and unjust.