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!
The American Association of University Women has a rich and respectable history of supporting the growth and learning of women in America.
For international graduate students, the opportunities for fellowships and scholarships are very limited as compared to US citizens. I am very grateful to AAUW for awarding me the fellowship, with which I was able to conduct time-consuming research projects and write research based journal papers. AAUW helped women scientists in a great way and consequently the new generation of women scientists will give back more to societies and women.
I am a a recipient of an AAUW 2010 Career Development Grant. I am using it to complete my MBA so I can move forward with my career as one of the few female pipe fitters in the mechanical construction industry.
Receiving the AAUW Dissertation Fellowship allowed me to focus on completing my Ph.D. and begin working in the field of teacher education. As a woman of color, the perspective I offer in the field of teacher education is lacking and thanks to AAUW's support of my doctoral work I am able to participate in helping to develop future teachers.
I was awarded an AAUW fellowship. This fellowship gave me the opportunity to continue pursuing my PhD degree. Additionally, my university offered me a tuition waiver because of the fellowship. I would never been able to continue my studies without their support.
I was awarded a fellowship that enabled me to take time off from teaching and finish my book manuscript. Without their support, I couldn't have accomplished this career goal. Because I teach at a university with a high teaching load, I was making progress...but slowly. They gave me the time to focus, and the results are outstanding.
AAUW is a leader in supporting women in academics. I was a recipient of the doctoral dissertation grant, which provides women one year of support to complete their dissertation. This type of funding is scarce and particularly important for women who have caregiver roles in the family. It allowed me to complete my PhD and play an active role in my family without having to worry about an additional paycheck.
The AAUW was a tremendous help in allowing me to complete my dissertation and finish my PhD in Anthropology. Because of this fellowship, I was able to complete my degree and begin a postdoctoral program that will make me a very competitive candidate on the academic job market.
I received a doctoral dissertation fellowship from AAUW. Funding opportunities can sometimes be limited for international students in a Ph.D. program. A lot of funding is for US citizens only, and visa restrictions means it is hard for international students to get work teaching as adjuncts in nearby colleges. The Fellowship enabled me to spend a year concentrating on my dissertation, and the overall experience with the organization has truly increased my appreciation of the work that such nonprofit organizations do.
As an AAUW grantee, I can attest to the invaluable support they offer to female graduate students. If I had not gotten the year of support from them, I may not have been able to finish my degree after I had my baby. An amazing, efficient, powerful organization!
I joined AAUW, the American Association of University Women, in Schenectady, New York, when I was a young at-home mother with one, then two babies and was just too tired to stay home every night. The stimulating, accomplished AAUW women I met and befriended then, and since, form a deep core of warmth and gratitude and joy in my life. While I harbored no ambitions for leadership, I timidly accepted this position and that and, after moving to Maryland found myself president of the Rockville Branch. I began to appreciate the national scope, power, and awesome history of AAUW, including the Educational Foundation’s resources and record of opening the doors of higher education to women. I learned about Career Development Grants, which were earmarked for AAUW members whose degrees were at least five years old. That was me. I had just returned to graduate school. I applied, and to my astonishment, received in 1980 what was then called a Project RENEW grant of $1000 for tuition toward an MA in American studies at George Washington University. Even then, $1000 didn’t cover the cost of one course. But AAUW believed in me, and I stood taller and somehow smarter. My path led me to historical research and writing, first for a private company, then on my own. Eventually I published three diverse peer-reviewed histories and numerous shorter pieces. AAUW helped me write in another invaluable way. Knowledge I picked up in AAUW helped me understand and explain how organizations function, how parliamentary authority works, how to read budget documents and financial statements, how to trace and interpret legislative bills and influence the political system . . .. My most recent, most rewarding book, Deep Freeze, a history of the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) in Antarctica, took me to the South Pole in 2001 and speaking engagements all over the country and abroad. AAUW made so much of this possible. Soon after my grant, It became clear to me that I must pay it back. So I served as state president and on three national boards of directors for 10 years. I traveled, spoke, and wrote for AAUW--rich, transformative experiences. My loyalty, commitment, and passion have ever grown. No matter how much I have given, I have gotten back more.
The AAUW is an amazing organization. They are SO incredibly dedicated to women and girls' educations. My daughter was in 7th grade and was selected to go to Tech Trek here at Stanford Campus, in California. What a week she had--living in the dormitories, working with other girls her age and professional women from all sorts of science & math-based fields. She learned and grew so much. We have to keep women & girls interested in the math & Science fields and this is an excellent way to do it!
In 1980, at age 38 and a mother of 2 daughters, I entered law school. In the spring of 1981, one week before finals, I was awarded the prestigious AAUW Project Renew Grant (now the Career Development Grant). Receiving that grant increased my confidence immensely and convinced me I belonged in law school and that I could compete with anyone. I was on the Law Review, graduated with honors, and had a very succesful career as a city attorney for Evanston, IL, home of Northwestern University. As a payback to AAUW, I served on the R&P Grants Panel for six years, two as the chair. Later I was elected to and served on the AAUW Educational Foundation Board. Receiving that grant and becoming a part of AAUW's philanthropic efforts are defining moments in my life. As a Board and Panel member, I heard from many grant and fellowship recipients who felt the same. AAUW is an organization that has positively impacted countless women. I am just one of those.
Before my AAUW training, I had never spoken in front of a group. AAUW taught me to do that and more! I helped write the VoLT training manuals, then trained groups all over the country, including community non-profit groups. AAUW's leadership training is the best around! It can be helpful in any job - paid or volunteer - and in running for political office. At the same time, AAUW speaks for all women and girls, monitoring legislation that effects us. I live across the country from Washington, DC, and rely on AAUW to speak for me on important issues.
AAUW changed my life in more ways than one. I first got involved when a women's studies professor asked me if I wanted to attend a dinner for a women's advocacy organization, and being a poor college student at the time, I jumped at the chance for a free meal. Little did I know that it was the beginning of a beautiful and long relationship with one of the best and most progressive women's organizations in the United States. I was so impressed at the warm welcome I received during that first meeting that I started coming back for more. I joined as a student affiliate, and I considered the other AAUW members as my wise mentors, women who had been there and done that. Not long after, the Huntsville branch took me under their wing and apparently saw potential in me because they sent me to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). This was my first time to be surrounded by strong women MY OWN AGE, and it was a very empowering experience. I was then chosen to be on the National Student Advisory Council (SAC), a time which was instrumental in developing me as a future leader. After participating in NCCWSL a second time through my role on the SAC, I returned to my home state of Alabama, and partnered with an AAUW visionary, Audrey L. Salgado, to develop the first-ever state SAC of its kind. We recruited SAC members from across the state and began developing these young women in the ideals of advocacy, education, and equity. It was amazing. As I grew in my education and professional career, my volunteerism with AAUW also blossomed, and I served two years as AAUW of Alabama Communications Director. This was also an empowering opportunity because I was 23 at the time and was doing some amazing work, thanks to the trust and faith of other AAUW members. I gained so much valuable experience that I probably would not have pursued otherwise. I also was surrounded by smart, driven, pioneering mentors, and this made all the difference. I now live in rural Alaska and manage statewide programs for a government agency that is often considered male-driven. What got me the job: my experience with AAUW, and my understanding and firm belief that women CAN do anything.
I'm a relatively new member to AAUW, and I wish I'd found it decades ago. There's so much to be proud of: AAUW has had the greatest impact of any non-profit on women's rights and equality. With our Legal Action Fund, we've supported many things that impacted women in a historical way, such as Title IX. AAUW provided Marie Curie with over $100,000 id research funds when no one else would find her because she was a woman. at 130 years old, the accomplishments and reach of AAUW are great, and I wish more people knew of and participated in this great organization.
Taking part in leadership training provided by AAUW and AAUW of Oregon, over the past 20 years, has given me the confidence to reach out to realize the following. Present proposals, which were approved, for state-wide and community-wide partnerships (Oregon Woman Suffrage Celebration, Support for NEW Leadership Oregon, Gresham Historical Society, Columbia Symphony Orchestra); Recruit elected officials as members (one state senator and one school board member--so far); Gain facilitator training to implement the WAGE Project's Salary Negotiation Workshops; and Meet women leaders all over the state to support them in their respective leadership journeys. This last action is as a result of being appointed as an AAUW Leadership Corps Grassroots Liaison. Prior to AAUW experience, I would have never had the confidence to apply for this position. The position has opened up even more training, but more importantly, it allows me to support and identify support for other women, and to support and find resources for local branches in the vital work they do in their communities--on behalf of girls and women.
Just over 30 years ago, I was fortunate enough to receive from AAUW an American Fellowship for my doctoral dissertation. This grant allowed me to focus on my research without having to have a fulltime job and, thus, shortened the time it took to complete my degree by one year. AAUW grants have impact. As the only woman in my graduate school class in marine sciences, I was impressed by the positive responses of professors and others when they learned of my having the AAUW grant. AAUW elevated my stature professionally. I am not the only one to have this happen. According to the history of Colby College, the first woman, a mathematician, invited to join the Colby College faculty (over 80 years ago) was asked to do so because AAUW had invited her to start a chapter at the College. AAUW has a long history of impacting the lives of women. That chapter, the Waterville (Maine) Area Branch, is still in existence today and thriving. My fellowship led to many leadership opportunities. I learned to give back and to work for improvements in the lives of women and girls. Even in retirement, my work as an AAUW volunteer continues. Now I have the opportunity to lobby for legislation that will impact women and girls, that will affect education, and that will lead to a fairer, safer world. AAUW is a leader in these matters and improves lives.
As a Town Councilwoman, member of AAUW, Scottsdale Branch since 2000 and former Public Policy Chair, I was invited to present to High School and Community College women in the "Running and Winning" Program. We began in 2006, every year with a different group of elected officials from School Board to Legislators and Mayors, and know we touched these students' lives, allowing them to consider public service as a reality for their future. (Typical questions involved balancing family and elected life, fundraising, public speaking fears, press and motivation and interest in politics)
The first time I held a meeting it was for AAUW. My career is non-corporate and what learned is by doing. Mentoring: A big part of what I have learned about and participated in due to AAUW. Sisterhood: Meeting amazing women. I close my eyes, they are all ageless and well-rounded and more that what my eyes could tell me they are. A place where, when my children grew up, I found new directions to give back to my community in new ways and if I found one other person who wanted to do it, we could make it happen through AAUW for women and girls. Leadership: I did not know I could be a leader yet each AAUW event, learning more about how to do it happens in a welcoming way. Coalition building: We do not have to invent it to serve our mission and we do that regularly in our communities including getting out the vote and educating our own community.
After only being in AAUW for a few years, I was able to develop my leadership skills enough to gain role of State President for AAUW of Alabama. In this position, I'm leading the fight to promote pay equity for women in our state, to encourage women to enter political office, to "grow" young college leaders, and to encourage girls to consider careers in STEM career fields. AAUW has given me the opportunity to meet many wonderful and inspiring women, and to work to promote many wonderful causes that are important to me and to the needs of women and girls in our state and my community.
AAUW resources have touched many areas of my life. As a woman in technology, their research reports like "Tech Savvy: Educating Girls in the New Computer Age" and "Why so Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Science" have described current reality with proposals for how to make life better for women and girls in the future. What cemented my relationship with AAUW, though, was their Legal Advocacy Fund, and its work to fight sex discrimination in the workplace (until recently in academia). The LAF resources extend into the community with workshops on campuses and in the community so that future lawsuits just do not happen. I was pleased to be part of one at NC Central University that explained Title IX to law students and others on campus.
I was a 41-year-old mother of 2 who had recently re-entered the workforce after staying home to raise my children. I was disappointed to find myself making only half of what I'd previously made and had a difficult time proving my value - and yes, I do think my race and gender were a hindering factor. I decided I seriously needed to increase my value and options with a Masters degree - education had always opened doors for me before. But with a family and a mediocre salary, how could I afford it? AAUW came to the rescue. I told them my story and my goals and they gave me a VERY generous grant that enabled me to attend my first-choice school. And you know, it wasn't just their money that made it possible. There is NOTHING that compares to the feeling I had knowing that complete strangers believed in me enough to come out of their pocket with cold hard cash money in a down economy. That feeling alone is motivating, driving, and life-changing. It's what kept me going when after a long day at work and family duties in the evening, I still had hours of homework to do. I just finished my first year (7 classes) with a 4.0 GPA. Already new opportunities have opened up for me at my current job and elsewhere. One more thing...I cannot wait for the opportunity to do for someone else what AAUW has done for me. I've always been on the giving end just because I know it's the "right thing". But now that I've been on the receiving end...it's a whole different perspective of what the "right thing" really means and how deeply it affects others. I've been getting more familiar with AAUW's causes and can say with confidence that this has got to be one of the greatest nonprofits out there. They don't just give money, they educate, empower and they're out there everyday making a difference for all women, even those who don't even know AAUW exists.
I have been a member of Chicago Branch AAUW for over 25 years! In the '80s I served on Branch committees, in the '90s I served on state committees (Illinois), & in the '00s I served on national committees. In additional to all the things I have learned about women's issues from AAUW, AAUW has also allowed me opportunities for growth as a person AND as a professional. I simply would not be who I am today without AAUW--a force for "positive societal change" since 1883 & still going strong!!!
When I was the AAUW-IL President, I testified from the podium of the Illinois House of the Representatives regarding the rate and prevention of teen pregnancy in Illinois. Had it not been for AAUW, I would not have had the opportunity to do this. AAUW is the leading advocate for women and girls advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
I have been involved with AAUW since the 90s and I am grateful to meet so many older ladies with such intelligence, drive and care for the community. My branch has helped countless 7th grade girls experience science each summer in the Tech Trek program, supported battered womens shelters, helped many older women like myself return to college and get their degrees and even helped mothers like myself feel valued and wanted for our intelligence, education and skills when we help out at events. Women of all ages, please consider joining AAUW and making a strong and positive contribution to your community!
My mother first joined this amazing organization long before I was born, so I was simply brought up attending her branch meetings and soon, I was hooked. AAUW built the foundation of my interest in women's rights, which has colored my career ambitions my entire life. Last year,I had the amazing opportunity to serve as an AAUW fellow in the DC headquarters. Seeing the organization I grew up in from the topside, I was not disappointed. AAUW does so much to help women from their funding for non-traditional students, issue campaigning and lobbying, to simply breaking down issues important to women so everyone can be aware of what's going on in Washington. AAUW has helped my solidify my interests in women's rights, and I'm just one person. Think of how much they've done for thousands of women since the 1881 founding. I'm proud to be associated with this group and hope to continue that connection in some way for the rest of my life.
I applied for an AAUW scholarship while in graduate school. The very generous scholarship helped support me while I completed my doctorate in counseling psychology. I am now a licensed psychologist serving the same community that supported me!
While attending my two year school, I had the opportunity to receive two scholarships from my local AAUW Branch. Their support of my endeavors allowed me to complete my Associates degree and become a student member of this wonderful organization for women.
AAUW not only offers timely information about legislation, reports, articles, votes, topics of debate, and information in the news...the organization gives members and the general public a swift path to action. Want to know the latest about Supreme Court nominee Kagen, the report on Women in Science, an upcoming House bill, pay equity, international incidents, or the simply get inspired by women making a difference - AAUW fits the bill.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. That is the mission of AAUW. My branch happens to encourage girls in science and other STEM fields. The advocacy piece is accomplished by working on legislation such as Title IX. The branch is presently giving toward an endowment to fund a fellowship for women to complete their Phd's. We have almost completed the Tacoma Centennial fund of AAUW #4275.