Welcome to AAUW of Virginia!

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

The Winter/Spring 2021 Virginia Vision is posted!  Find it at “State Newsletter” on the Menu Bar or HERE.

AAUW 2020 Year in Review:  What We’ve Done, Where We’re Headed

AAUW-VA celebrates Black History Month!

Many branches and other organizations are offering Zoom programs.    Watch for info via email and in the media.  Check out the Book Festivals also focusing on Black History on our DE&I page.

THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS IN SESSION!  AAUW of Virginia’s public policy focus is on the issue of PAID SICK DAYS.  Be informed, be engaged!  Information on the issue can be found on the Public Policy Co-VPs page.  Contact your VA Senators and Representatives frequently during the session to inform them of the issue and encourage their action on the issue.  Wording for your emails and calls can be found at the link above.

January 27, 2021: Here’s a link to an op ed by Kim Bobo that ran in today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Kim Bobo is leading the Virginians for Paid Sick Days coalition, of which AAUW of Virginia is a member. “Let’s give Virginia’s essential workers paid sick days–for their benefit and ours.”

AAUW-VA 2021 Conference Information is posted under “Conference” above or HERE.

Voting is now open in the AAUW Art Contest!

The six winning entries will be featured in a collection of notecards mailed to AAUW members in the spring.  Congratulations and good luck to each of our talented Virginia contestants!  They are listed below.  View all entries and vote here.

Greater Richmond Area: Jane Newell  “Liberty Smiles on Virginia” and “James River Reflecting”
McLean Area: Naz Basit  “Autumn Leaves” and “Melancholy”
Reston-Herndon: Ilene Banker  “Cardinal Angel”
Smith Mountain:  Cindie  Kollman “City Girl”
Vienna Area:  Carol Hamal   “Do It for the Girls” and “Pandemic Winter”
Woodbridge: Susan Bardenhagen  “Dancing to Her Inner Voice” and “Momma Mallard & Her Ducklings”
Wytheville: Nancy Wills  “Light at the End of the Tunnel” and “Blue Bottles”

Voting will end March 3.


Congratulations to the eight Virginia branches that received stars in the AAUW Five Star National Recognition Program. Virginia is leading the way with branch participation in the Five Star Program.

FIVE STARS – Virginia Beach, Reston-Herndon Area, and, Woodbridge
FOUR STARS – Alexandria, Vienna Area, and Springfield-Annandale
THREE STARS –  Mt. Vernon
ONE STAR – Fairfax City

AAUW of Virginia: 5-Star State!

 AAUW of Virginia has been awarded FIVE stars for Advancement, Communications & External Relations, Public Policy & Research, Programs, and Governance and Sustainability. AAUW of Virginia is the first state to receive stars under the Recognition Program. Many thanks to all who contributed so much time and effort to achieving mission-based goals for AAUW over the past year.

We are featured in the January issue of AAUW Membership Matters! Read the article.



(9/25/20) The City of Alexandria Announces the Installation of Panels Recognizing the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court Decision and the Law Firm of Cohen, Cohen, and Hirschkop 

The City of Alexandria is delighted to announce the installation of a new interpretive kiosk by the Office of Historic Alexandria, commemorating the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision legalizing interracial marriage throughout the United States, and the Law Firm of Cohen, Cohen, and Hirschkop, which represented the Lovings. The law firm was located at 110 N. Royal St. the day the decision was announced.

The panels are located at the corner of King and Royal Streets.  READ MORE.


AAUW Press Statement: On behalf of our 170,000 members and supporters, we commit to fighting for justice, long-term and lasting change, and we stand in solidarity against racism. We also acknowledge that as an organization we have our own work to do.

Find information, resources, activities and more on the menu bar above: “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” or directly on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page here.


How to Support AAUW’s Mission

AAUW-VA ranks 4th in the nation in per capita giving to AAUW Funds.  See the latest Funds report plus the Names Honored from each branch HERE.

Denise Decker, with Wonder

Members Make News! 

Denise Decker (Arlington Branch) and a colleague with the American Council of the Blind were interviewed by National  Public Radio in regard to audio description and inclusion of people who are blind or vision-impaired at movies and theater.  The interview aired on All Things Considered August 16.  Read the transcript or listen to the audio.

Sadly, Denise passed away November 4, 2020, of cancer.   She was an advocate for the issues of AAUW, and for people with disabilities. She was a remarkable, smart, kind person, and an inspiration to all who knew her.  She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

Neola Waller


Always the teacher! Our own Neola Waller (Va. Beach Branch) was featured on Good Morning America.

AAUW 2020 Vision: Marking a Momentous Year

Stay in touch with AAUW!  View a variety of engaging webinars HERE.


AAUW has been at the cutting edge of fighting for economic equity for nearly 140 years. And what we’re witnessing is how the pandemic is amplifying and exacerbating all of the nation’s inequities.

The issues we’ve long been fighting for are now alarmingly urgent, and our efforts are needed now more than ever. READ MORE...


Branch Members, read all about it!

The program is designed to promote cohesion between AAUW national and affiliates and increase understanding and implementation of the strategic plan goals. National recognition allows AAUW National to acknowledge and celebrate affiliates that advance AAUW’s mission.


Learn to negotiate your salary NOW! LEARN MORE HERE! 

Why does it matter?

The pay gap has lifelong financial effects that grow over time, from the ability to pay for education and childcare to saving for retirement, impacting women in nearly every profession. The Work Smart program teaches women at all stages of their career how to negotiate their pay, resulting in improved financial futures for themselves and their families.

GREAT NEWS: Did you read the latest Mission & Action?  AAUW, in partnership with Coca-Cola, exceeded the goal of training 100,000 women to ask for the salary they deserve through Work Smart  online or in-person workshops!  During the process, 500 professional organizations, and state and local commissions were engaged. Now the program is being expanded through women.nyc, Starbucks Global, the city of Wichita and many others.Thank you to all AAUW members who participated!

Continue sharing with everyone you know! 

Print this WorkSmart flyer created by the Reston-Herndon Branch to post in your community for all to see!

Take the course yourself to be able to talk about it!

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.