About AAUW

AAUW Members on AAUW and its Mission

Since its founding in 1881, the American Association of University Women has been the nation’s leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls.  With more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches, and 800 college/university institution partners, AAUW continues its strong advocacy for women.

AAUW proudly celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2021. Today AAUW is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations dedicated to women’s rights. Founded November 28, 1881, by 17 female college graduates, AAUW has developed a rich tradition of leadership, scholarship, advocacy, and action. With approximately 100,000 members, more than 1,000 branches and 500 college and university partners, AAUW members across the country contribute to a more promising future for women and girls.


Members have included many exceptional women, such as Coretta Scott King, former Congresswomen Patsy Mink and Shirley Chisholm, Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Betty Friedan, Janet Reno, and Harriet Mayor Fulbright.

A note of interest: Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie received $156,413 from AAUW members toward the purchase of one gram of radium in 1920.

AAUW’s Mission

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

AAUW’s Value 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 is nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners. The organization includes both a section 501(c)(3) public charity, the primary membership organization, and the AAUW Action Fund, a smaller section 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that may engage in limited activities related to member activism and voter education.

AAUW Issues

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.

AAUW 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.

AAUW Leadership Programs

Through AAUW Leadership 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 Elect Her.

AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (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.

For more information please visit the AAUW National Website: https://www.aauw.org/

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