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!
I am a 44 year old female with a potentially fatal blood disorder called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. I have battled this disease for 25 years. I am also a victim of domestic violence. I have been in a domestic violence shelter numerous times and I am in one at the moment again. I have had my teeth knocked out, my right arm broken twice, numerous concussions and the mental and emotional abuse is unspeakable. I was a successful hairstylist for approximately 20 years and unfortunately I have had to go on disability due to my blood disorder and ptsd due to the years of abuse.. My mother abandoned me and my father is deceased. I am a very spiritual person with strong morals and a baptist belief background. I have been having to live in a tent, a vehicle, on peoples couches, and I recently was told by my abuser to get out again so I contacted a domestic violence shelter called CEASE in my area for support. They had turned me down before because of two ladies deviously wanting my bed and lying telling the staff that I was intoxicated on the premises. I was forced to leave due to their lies and have had to go through almost five years of homelessness and abuse due to their selfishness. I have to go to the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville Tennessee very frequently to receive plasma infusions for my blood disorder. I have no transportation now because my abuser and his mother took my vehicle from me and refused to get me to my treatments. They had gotten angry because I wouldn't sign a life insurance policy that the two of them wanted to take out on me so they threw me out on the streets again. I am in need of assistance but I don't know where to turn. I have spent the last year in court over an order of protection against my abuser of which the court system repetativly without any punishment. I am interested in all the knowledge and help I can receive in order to get my life back. It is very hard for me to ask for help because I have always loved helping others so very much. I have had many people ask if they could write a novel about my life and at the time I turned it down but now, I would allow it. Thank you very muck for your time. God bless each and every one of you.
AAUW, is a tremendously great organization which serves in empowering women. As a student leader, my student life director informed me of the National Conference but since I had not the available funds, I was a little skeptical about it. She told me o ahead and apply for the scholarship and I did. I was so grateful and thankful when i received a mail saying I had been awarded. it was a beautiful experience being with other women and empowering each other for a better tomorrow. At the conference, i realized there were many more like me who had been awarded and I only thought yo myself "what a generous organization with a strong and profound vision" Thank you for the opportunity i received
I got the pleasure and wonderful experience of attending the NCCWSL conference this past may. I got to meet people that foster and bolster the growing ideals I have toward equity for women. I have kept in contact with the people I met and the workshops taught me valuable ways to create a conversation toward inclusion and continuing to advocate and work for women across the world who do not have the means to do for themselves. You get opportunities and chances to impact lives on a daily basis but to condense this memorable experience into a weekend is fantastic, empowering and necessary.
NCCWSL was one of the most empowering experiences that I have ever had. I had the pleasure of attending this conference through a scholarship and I am more than grateful for all of the unforgettable memories that I made there! Every woman I met had a unique story to tell, the presenters were amazing, and I made friends that will last a lifetime. There's truly nothing more inspiring than a room full of over 1,000 college women student leaders.
AAUW is a wonderful organization full of inspiring, amazing women, who pay it forward. Last year, they sponsored 4 bright young students from Seattle Girls' School for Tech Trek - a STEM camp. Seattle Girls' School staff is so grateful to AAUW for making that experience possible for those girls. Thank you AAUW for your advocacy and work on behalf of women and girls!
The AAUW has been the most amazing organization over the past year of my life and continues to amaze me. My involvement and awareness with the AAUW grew in March 2012 when the AAUW used Legal Advocacy Funds to sponsor a press conference for military rape survivors taking action at the National Press Club. Ms. Linda Hallman, CEO of the AAUW gave an incredibly though-provoking speech and encouraged survivors of military rape to continue to advocate and spark true societal and institutional reform within the Department of Defense and United States. Within minutes of the press conference ending, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, BBC, Reuters and the Associated Press all covered extensive stories on-topic and involved, "The Invisible War" multi-award winning documentary. Media inquiries continue to this day as a result of what the AAUW funded, yet also had the foresight to do: advocate for equality and action. I had the most sincere pleasure of attending the Florida State Convention of the AAUW and giving a speech representing how truly touched and grateful I was for their actions. The AAUW raises funds and campaigns for other women whom they may not ever meet. They raise funds, increase awareness and ask for equality on the premise and principle that it is the right thing to do and therefore a call to action is necessary. I have since met my local branch and joined the organization- I firmly believe that all eligible women should. Yesterday, the AAUW announced something even more bold, yet powerful. They will start an "Invisible War Campaign" at the branch level. The influence that this campaign will have over local communities, veterans and society will be monumental. The AAUW has now helped raise the bar even higher for men and women alike regarding ending the epidemic of injustice, sexual trauma and apathy within the military. Now is certainly the time to join this all-encompassing organization. I cannot say enough how truly grateful I am for this life-changing organization.
The AAUW has helped me overcome a very difficult situation in my life. They have assisted me as an individual, with integrity and respect, in a time I needed support. I could not imagine having to go through the unfair battles I faced as an individual without having the broad shoulders of the AAUW LAF team. I hold the up most respect for the AAUW because of their mission and actions. They have proven to me that they are a mission driven orginization, not just a name. I am a CEO of a longstanding non profit myself and feel I fully understand the roles and responsibilities required in leading a non profit agency. The AAUW is clearly a leader of all in the areas of respect, responsibility, integrity, honesty and caring. I could not imagine better service in any mission driven orginization. The world is clearly a better place because of the AAUW's good works!
The AAUW (Legal Advocacy Fund) came to my rescue so I could continue my fight against my former employer in a Title IX Retaliation Lawsuit. There support was immediate and made a huge impact on all involved with the case. The more I learn about the AAUW the more I realize that all women would benefit from being a part of this organization. As I travel and speak on their behalf I am so embraced and supported by the membership that I am compelled to tell everyone that they should join. I was fortunate and settled my lawsuit and the support I receive from AAUW Women from all across this country gets strronger everyday!! Thanks AAUW!!!
AAUW is more than an organization that supports gender equity. As individuals, they are strong, profesisonal, generous, compassionate and rightous human beings. As an LAF supported Plaintiff, I have met some of the most amazing women, who have lifted me up, supported me, and given me the courage to keep going. AAUW leads the charge to help girls and women conquer important issues and become strong leaders.
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.
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
AAUW helped me gain confidence in my leadership skills, provided opportunities for networking, and encouraged my continued success as a senior college student!
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.
At the end of my first year of teaching elementary students, I was awarded a scholarship that allowed me to complete half of my masters degree. This gave me incentive to complete my masters program. That allowed me to meet the state's requirement of obtaining a masters level degree within 5 years of receiving a teaching certificate.
I also found using a member in transit status allowed me to quicky connect with a local branch when I had to relocate. I quickly met new people and connected smoothly into the new community.
In 1990, I received a Project RENEW grant from AAUW to return to school for a Master of Public Health degree in health education. Two decades later, I am proud to be an AAUW member--helping give someone else the opportunity for continuing their education.
AAUW is funding my first year of graduate study in Systems of Justice: Human Rights. When I finish my degree in 2012, not only will I have a Master's degree, I will be fully bilingual (my school is in Puerto Rico and all my classes are in Spanish) and a certified conflict mediator. The AAUW grant is facilitating an enormous leap forward in my professional development, and helping me to better help others in my future career. Thank you!
Tell your story here and help others understand this charity American Association of University Women is an extraordinary organization. This past spring, I was awarded a Career Development Grant, which is helping pay for my Master's Degree in Social Work. I am hoping to work in the future with Latina women and their families and AAUW's Career Development Grant is helping me reduce the amount of loan money for graduate education, which will in turn allow me to work at a not-for-profit dedicated to this population up on graduation. I am incredibly grateful for the support I have received from AAUW, as well as the amazing communication I have had with staff members who work there!
AAUW is an amazing organization that is greatly supportive of empowering women and girls through education. It is through the Fellowship I was awarded that I was able to attend graduate school and pursue a Masters of Art in Sustainable International Development. It has been a great opportunity to gain education to further advance social justice for vulnerable women and girls particularly in my home country Kenya.
I am a Career Development Grantee for 2010-2011. I cannot adequately express here how grateful I am for this support in creating gender and cultural equity in children's media. Advancing careers can be costly, time consuming and daunting and this grant has been able to focus my energy and getting the most out of my professional education so that I can make a difference in the lives of others.
A year and a half ago I decided to leave the business I founded back in 1999. I began a small consulting business, still within my area of expertise, when I soon realized that my passion for that worked had truly waned. I needed to learn some new skills, but was not earning enough money to afford to go back to school. I began an internet research prject to find grant programs for which I might qualify. I found the AAUW site and its Career Developmetn Program. It was a perfect fit for a woman seeking to change careers in her 40's. The application process was very straighforward. The online application was easy to complete and the award letter came in time for me to register for Fall classes and begin my graduate education in Counseling. I am very impressed with the individuals I have worked with at AAUW and will be forever grateful for the opportunity they have provided me to begin a new career.