AAUW National History

Take a glimpse into AAUW’s rich tradition of leadership, scholarship, advocacy, and action. AAUW’s online museum contains more than 130 years of AAUW artifacts and memorabilia and the stories behind them by visiting the AAUW Museum

AAUW National
1111 Sixteenth St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
Connect to AAUW: 800-326-AAUW, x:2289 (10:00am to 5:00pm EST)
Tel: 202-785-7700 (8:30am to 5:00pm EST)
Fax: 202-872-1425
Website: https://www.aauw.org/

About AAUW National

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners. Since 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day– educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.

AAUW’s Mission

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

AAUW’s Promise

By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

AAUW National Activities    

About the Funds, Groups and Foundations We Support

Educational Opportunities Fund  The Educational Opportunities Fund supports educational and lifelong learning opportunities that give women a chance for a lifetime of success. Some of our programs include Fellowships and Grants; the Fellows Alumnae Initiative, which inspires women by providing access to the network of past and current AAUW fellows and grantees; and the Undergraduate Scholarship Clearinghouse, which educates women by allowing students to find and apply for much-needed scholarships from AAUW branches across the country.

Legal Advocacy Fund  The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination. The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund is the nation’s largest legal fund focused solely on sex discrimination in higher education. Since 1981 the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund has helped students, faculty, staff, and administrators in higher education challenge discriminatory practices such as sexual harassment, denial of tenure or promotion, pay inequity, and inequality in women’s athletics programs.

AAUW Lobby Corps  AAUW’s Capitol Hill Lobby Corps has been visiting legislators in Congress and delivering our public policy message since 1972. Ellen McGovern recruited the first AAUW Lobby Corps members to help monitor Title IX committee hearings and distribute position papers explaining AAUW’s position. Since then, Lobby Corps members have made thousands of visits to congressional offices bringing AAUW’s presence and priorities to the elected officials and staff. Lobby Corps member attend training sessions to learn about Congress and practice communicating their message. AAUW public policy staff members provide in-depth briefings on priority issues. Each week that Congress is in session, Lobby Corps members study a briefing paper prepared by the AAUW staff before they visit members of Congress who are “on the fence” regarding that particular issue. Each Thursday, Lobby Corps members receive their assignments and materials and fan out on the House of Senate side to ask for support on a particular issue and to deliver pertinent materials. In 1998, a student Lobby Corps project was begun. College students train and lobby with the Lobby Corps during a semester.

In January of this year a briefing from AAUW Executive Director Linda Hallman was distributed (AAUW Current Topics Briefing #16, subsequently revised in February as briefing #20) announcing the launch of the Leadership Corps.  Forty-five Leadership Corps grassroots liaisons have now been recruited and trained. The directory of Leadership Corps grassroots liaisons has just gone up on the website, linked to from the Leadership and Governance page. You are welcome to contact members of the Leadership Corps grassroots liaisons, directly, or you can initiate contact through a web form that we have setup at http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dEZiUG1BMkJFSG91eGczZ29YQU1xeVE6MA.

The grassroots liaisons in AAUW’s new Leadership Corps program will be reaching out to AAUW branch leaders to begin building relationships, and will make themselves available for collaborative assistance, brainstorming, and advice.  If you have questions, please see our national website at www.aauw.org.