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 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!
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!!!
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.