About Us

“AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.”

If this mission statement resonates with you then the AAUW Ashland is the place for you.  We are a group of smart, socially conscientious women who are committed to equity for women and girls:

  • Since 1996 our branch has been giving scholarships to women who attend Southern Oregon University (SOU) and Rogue Community College (RCC). We estimate that we have given out over $300,000 during the past twenty one years.  Last year we added a scholarship to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).
  • There are women in our community who need a safe place to live until they are able to get back on their feet. One of our Community Projects is Women In Need (WIN).  We have an annual fundraising project to benefit victims of domestic abuse at the Dunn House Shelter.AWSEM, Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math, is a one-day symposium intended to motivate middle school girls to pursue higher education and careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. We have given between 10 and twenty scholarships each year to these young women. Some of our members enjoy mentoring young girls by being their Lunch Buddies and our branch has an annual Christmas Fund Raiser for the Maslow Project (homeless teenage girls attending school).
  • In the fall of 2016, we held our third $$$ 4 Scholars sale event (held bi-annually). Our members get to clean out their closets, the community gets good bargains, and our scholarship recipients get the proceeds. We raised over $10,000 for these women with this sale.
  • Our Public Policy Team has focused on a number of issues over the years such as Bullying and Sexual Assault in our schools. This year we are taking up the fight for “economic security for women” by working with our state legislators on a number of bills. Thirteen of our members attended Lobby Day in Salem in February!
  • Our branch also likes to educate our own members by facilitating monthly meetings that feature speakers on topics pertinent to our mission and our community. Samplings of past monthly programs are Speaker Rebecca Bender, “Sex Trafficking”, CASA and CAC, “Children’s Advocacy”, Speaker Marjorie Trueblood, SOU Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and Lieutenant Carrie Hull with the Ashland Police Dept. on the “You Have Options (YHOP) program.

We do know that “girls just want to have fun” and we also recognize the importance of making friends so we have our Salons – by members, for members, about members.

Our Branch’s Interest Groups grew out of AAUW’s commitment to lifelong learning. They encourage ongoing intellectual growth and long-lasting friendships. All interest groups are free of charge and open to all members. We have all types of book groups; music and play lovers groups; dining, games, knitting and genealogy groups – we have something for everyone.

Check out our calendar on or home page and join us at our next branch meeting (held monthly).  Once you meet us we think you’ll want to join our group!

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Our Co-Presidents for 2016-17 Sandy Theis and Elaine Hamlin