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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: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Target demographics: Women and girls

Geographic areas served: Nationwide and International

Programs: Programs that develop women's potential to lead in their schools, communities and country. Educational and lifelong learning opportunities. The protection of the legal rights of those who are facing discrimination. Research to provide analysis, data and accurate information about issues that are important to women and girls. Advocacy for public policies and laws that are fair to women.

Community Stories

119 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!

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Previous Stories

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.

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.