AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.
AAUW empowers all women and girls to reach their highest potential.
AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.
Summer Leadership Meeting 2018
July 28, 2018 – 9:30 AM- 4:15 PM
July 27,2018 7:15 – 9:30 PM
For more information and registration form go here
Apply for a Mini-Grant and Make a Maxi Impact
Great news!!! The Board has approved $1,500 for branch public policy mini-grants for program year 2018-2019. These mini-grants will provide monetary support to outstanding branch public policy activities for another year. In order to be considered for a mini-grant, a branch must submit an on-line application by October 1, 2018. Just click here http://aauw-va.aauw.net/mini-grants/ to find out about this year’s process and to complete and submit an application.
State Conference, “Changing the Climate for Women and Girls”
This conference had everything; great speakers, engaged members, good food and a perfect host in the Renaissance Portsmouth hotel.
The conference started with Kendra Davis, AAUW Senior Vice President for advancement and partnerships presenting AAUW’s draft strategic plan and priorities. The Luncheon Speaker was Edith Mayo, Curator Emeritus in Political and Women’s History at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Edith provided fascinating tales of her 40 years as a curator and historian. AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Speaker, Dr. Zoe Spencer, shared her journey as one of four female plaintiffs employed at Virginia State University who filed a lawsuit against the school (2016) alleging gender pay discrimination, sexual harassment and a pattern of retaliation. At the Saturday night dinner, Dr. Christine Darden, retired NASA Mathematician, Scientist and Aeronautical Engineer, was named the AAUW of Virginia 2018 Woman of Achievement award. Dr. Darden impressed attendees with her experiences as a minority woman of extraordinary talent in a challenging field. The Sunday Keynote speaker was delivered Paula Coughlin (former Lieutenant U.S. Navy). Paula presented the moving talk about her role as a whistle-blower in the infamous Tailhook Convention (1991) scandal which ended her aviation career, but also pushed her to work to correct inequities in the military’s policies against sexual assault. The conference ended with Heddie Sumner inviting everyone to the 2019 Conference, which will be held in Roanoke. See pictures here.
Welcome, National Members!
We appreciate your membership and encourage you to attend upcoming events at an AAUW branch in your neighborhood. Click on Branches for information about a branch near you.
State Lobby Day
February 7, 2018
AAUW of Virginia rocks!! What a great turnout for State Lobby Day this year—our biggest group ever!! Our small army of accomplished advocates descended on the Pocahontas Building, visiting many offices, where we held discussions and left information about the issues important to AAUW and Virginia citizens.