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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

41 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!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

AAUW has such a breadth of advocacy issues and programs to support women and girls! I've learned so much through my volunteer work with this organization and am impressed by the high quality programs and research.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Inspired by a historical mission of supporting the equality of girls and women in our society - Title IX, STEM, Healthcare and more - I joined this dynamic and inspiring organization. Daily, AAUW engages women, girls and young women through a variety of programs and activities and their grants and scholarships -- Tech Trek, Action Fund, Start Smart for Salary negotiation, Education /advocacy around Title IX, research, case support around discrimination, and so much more. I am now an enthusiastic National board member supporting the inspiring and impactful AAUW mission - excited about how AAUW positively impacts the lives of women and girls! Truly makes a difference!

Malinda2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of AAUW since 1989, because of its mission in advancing equity for woman and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our branches do great work at the local level, offering scholarships in the community, providing networking opportunities, and coming together to locally advocate for the AAUW mission. Our state organizations support the work of the branches and act as a liaison from the national organization. The members of AAUW support the mission with their financial donations for grants, fellowships and our outstanding research. Members also commit their time in support of the advocacy we do on Capitol Hill and in State Legislatures. AAUW does amazing things through the power of One AAUW - local/state/national!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined AAUW in 1967 as soon as I'd graduated from college and was eligible. My mother had been extremely active since her graduation from college in 1927. She and her AAUW friends were my feminist role models, outspoken and smart. My Branch received an AAUW Community grant in 1977 and I received an individual award in 1982. Both helped launch my career as an advocate for mental health and social support for new families. I've created a social movement and traveled the world because of AAUW. My best friends belong to AAUW and together we continue the legacy begun in 1881.

Cathy29

Board Member

Rating: 5

AAUW has given me an outlet to express my frustrations about women and girls inequity and to become an activist of change.

Sope Gal

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an important organization that promotes equality for women and young girls through advocacy, leadership, scholarship and research. It relates to all ages of women in a way that few organizations do. I am proud to be a part of the organization and have seen how its membership has grown in Portland, OR.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Great organization with important mission for all women and young girls. Needed more than ever.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having dealt with pay discrimination, AAUW has given me a voice to advocate for others who have not had a voice or were frightened to do so for fear of losing their job. AAUW is the most professional group of women who support and advocate for positive change for women and girls. Their stands are based on research and education.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AAUW supports education and equity for all girls and women. I grew up with AAUW as both my mother and aunt were active members in AAUW Branches. AAUW has allowed me to interact with many other educated women throughout several states I have worked in.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have sought out AAUW Branchs as I have moved to different states for career opportunites. Finding college educated women in a new location has helped me with networking and finding all kinds of resources. I also grew up being aware of AAUW & its mission of education & advocacy for girls & women through my mother & aunt who were AAUW members for many years.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My introduction to AAUW came when I was in college at the beginning of the 1950's. My mother was an AAUW member in Auburn, AL and I would occasionally visit the meetings when I was home on vacation. After college I corresponded with a classmate who had gone to Ethiopia to reunite with her father who had been Minister of Justice in the Polish government when the Nazis invaded Poland. He went to North Africa to fight with British Forces against Rommell and settled in Ethiopia after the war and codified Ethiopian law for Haille Selassie! My friend wrote long, interesting, detailed letters about Ethiopia which my mother wove into a program for AAUW! My participation has been on the Program Committee for my branch for several years. I have enjoyed meeting likeminded women who value AAUW's initiatives in education, national policy, etc.

2 Patricia32

Board Member

Rating: 4

I joined AAUW when I was a mother of small children in the early ‘70s because it was a lifeline to adult conversation. I stayed on because it became it became clear to me that AAUW is a source of strength, optimism, and esteem-promoting, life-enhancing change for all women of all ages and circumstances. By working together toward equity for women (and therefore equity for all) — in education, in the workplace, in health care benefits — we in AAUW multiply exponentially our individual power to make a difference in the lives of the women and girls who come after us. And through our community programs and scholarships, we encourage an interest in life-long learning and an understanding of what women have contributed down through history. In addition to the pride of knowing that I’ve played a role in all this there has been the reward of personal growth and enrichment from my nine years as branch public policy representative.

Deana D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The AAUW Board Experience has taught me many leadership skills including public speaking, volunteer and program management.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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!

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.

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 .

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.