Promoting equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change
Where we have come from… Founded in 1881 in Boston We recently celebrated our 125 th birthday!
We have had many highlights… Our founders envisioned an organization of women college graduates to open the doors of higher education to other women.
By 1900 our group would advocate for… Child labor laws Compulsory education Establishment of juvenile courts Funding of public schools and libraries
College women are first to picket the White House over the right to vote. 1917… *In 1920 women gained the right to vote.
Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie receives $156,413 from AAUW members toward the purchase of one gram of radium. 1920…
AAUW is accorded permanent United Nations observer status. 1946…
AAUW supports the first federal legislative proposal for pay equity in a year when a woman working full time, year round makes an average of 65 cents to every dollar earned by a man. 1953…
1969… The Educational Foundation launches the Coretta Scott King Fund, providing opportunities for black women to study African American history and culture, social change, and peace.
1972… AAUW is instrumental in the passage of Title IX, co-authored by AAUW member Rep. Patsy Mink (D-HI) prohibiting sex discrimination in schools receiving federal funds. AAUW is instrumental in the passage of Title IX, co-authored by AAUW member Rep. Patsy Mink (D-HI) prohibiting sex discrimination in schools receiving federal funds.
The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and support for women in higher education seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination. 1981
1988… Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1988 she receives the AAUW Achievement Award.
1993 After seven years of support from AAUW and work by its Lobby Corps, the Family and Medical Leave Act passes. After seven years of support from AAUW and work by its Lobby Corps, the Family and Medical Leave Act passes.
1995 AAUW launches the Voter Education Campaign.
2005 Harvard University President Lawrence Summers claimed that women's lack of commitment was the cause of their lack of presence in the highest positions on campus. AAUW launches into action.
New President of Harvard University… Drew Gilpin Faust 2007
Today we have several issues relating to women… Equity Equity Economic Security Economic Security Civil Rights Civil Rights Education Education Title IX Title IX
Our Advocacy Groups… Educational Foundation Educational Foundation Legal Action Foundation Legal Action Foundation
Our Educational Foundation… Provides fellowships, scholarships and grants to further womens education. Adirondack Branch Scholarship Winner 2007 Mary Ellen Stockwell
Our foundation has produced many publications relating to equity issues…
Our Legal Advocacy Fund… Assists women fighting sex discrimination in higher education. *Case support for sexual discrimination *Public Education on Campus and in the community *Network of volunteer attorneys
The nations largest legal fund focused solely on this issue.
Special Interest Groups Morning and Evening Literature Group Morning and Evening Literature Group Gourmet Group Gourmet Group Travel & Interesting Places Group Travel & Interesting Places Group
Dont see what you like? Start a new group! Crafts Travel Quilting Board Games Museum Or something else…
What do you get as a member in AAUW? A voice in government A voice in government A powerful nationwide network A powerful nationwide network Timely and relevant information at your fingertips Timely and relevant information at your fingertips National, regional and local activities National, regional and local activities
Opportunities for activism Opportunities for activism Leadership and professional development resources and support Leadership and professional development resources and support Access to fellowships, grants, and awards Access to fellowships, grants, and awards
Updates on groundbreaking research Updates on groundbreaking research Stronger community relations Stronger community relations Great friends! Great friends!
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A Special Thank You To… A Special Thank You To… AAUW On-line Museum for many of our photos and… Adirondack Branch AAUW for photos and informational support