When people ask you what AAUW is, what do you tell them? The acronym AAUW stands for “American Association of University Women,” but then what do you say? Do you tell them we are a group of concerned women who meet each month to discuss issues that affect all women or that we raise money for scholarships for young women to attend college? Maybe you describe our branch by telling people about our mission, “Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research,” but I think our organization is about much more than this. That is why our team has worked so hard to design a website that we can all be proud of, and we want to take you on a tour of this wonderful tool that you have at your fingertips. In addition to having the most up-to-date information on everything we are doing now, you will find a complete history of how we have worked for eighty years to improve women’s lives in Ashland. We will also provide a close look at the AAUW National website, and you will not believe what a wealth of knowledge it contains!
Established in 1881,15 alumnae from eight colleges met in Boston to create an organization for women college graduates to find greater opportunities to use their education and to enable other women to attend college. AAUW has since grown to become one of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for women college graduates. Every year they provide $3.5 to 4 million in fellowships, grants, and awards for women and for community action projects.
The AAUW Foundation also funds pioneering research on women, girls, and education.
There is much more to learn about this wonderful organization and its inspiring work on behalf of women all over the world, but if you want to know what that is, you’ll just have to show up at our branch meeting on Saturday, February 11 at 9:30 am. But “where is this meeting going to be,” you ask? Look it up on our website. Just kidding! It will be in the Diversions Room of the Stevenson Union. Bring your laptop, iPad, or smart phone and follow along with us. We’ll have members on hand to assist you and Valentine cookies because we love you! ♥
When: Saturday, February 11 9:30 am social time
10 am program
Where: SOU Stevenson Union Diversions Room