AAUW National Overview

Since 1881, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been the nation’s leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls.  AAUW has a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, 1,000 local branches, and 800 college and university partners.  Together, we provide networking, advocacy, and action that contribute to a more promising future for women and girls.

For more than 137 years, 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:
– Public Policy Advocacy
– Fellowships, Grants, and Awards
– Leadership Development Programs
– Legal Advocacy Support
– Community Programs
– Voter Education Campaigns
– Conventions and Conferences
– National Partnerships
– International Connections

Mission:  Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Vision:  AAUW empowers all women and girls to reach their highest potential.

Value Promise:  By joining AAUW, you belong to a community which breaks through educational and economic barriers so all women and girls have a fair chance.

Unifying Focus:  Breaking through Barriers.  This amplifies AAUW’s mission statement to clarify how the organization “advances equity for women and girls” and in what pursuits AAUW applies advocacy, education, and research.

Barriers to Break

AAUW Programmatic Areas:

Advocacy for Public Policy:  AAUW’s voice has long influenced legislative debate on critical social issues such as education, sex discrimination, civil rights, reproductive choice, affirmative action, Title IX, welfare reform, vocational education, pay equity, family and medical leave, and health care reform.

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards:  AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.  Each year AAUW provides millions of dollars in fellowships, grants, and awards for outstanding women around the globe and for community action projects.  AAUW also funds pioneering research on women, girls, and education.

Leadership Programs:  Through leadership and training programs, women and girls acquire the skills they need to succeed and assume leadership roles in their academic, professional, and personal lives.  Programs include Campus Action Projects, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in Washington, D.C., the Student Advisory Council, and Campaign College.

Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF):  LAF works to combat sex discrimination in higher education and workplaces through campus outreach programs, an online resource library, and research reports.  LAF also provides support to workplace sex discrimination cases that have the potential to make a difference for all women.