Welcome to the AAUW of Virginia Website
Co-Presidents Leslie Tourigny and Carol Stephens
AAUW was founded in 1881. The first branch in Virginia, Richmond, was established in 1909 and AAUW of Virginia in 1925. AAUW’s mission is the advancement of women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The over 1,250 members in Virginia’s 25 branches are dedicated to accomplishing that mission. By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.
AAUW of Virginia provides mini-grants to ten branches each year to support interesting and varied programs on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), leadership, and other topics. In 2014-15 we registered more than 1,200 new voters and officially partnered with the League of Women Voters of Fairfax to hold a series of Candidate Meet and Greet Events. AAUW of Virginia members were the driving force behind collecting over 1,200 signatures on our human trafficking petition, which we delivered to the Governor and General Assembly on our State Lobby Day.
We continue to fight for equal pay. Responding to our request, Governor McAuliffe signed state Equal Pay proclamations the past two years and there were proclamations in three communities in 2015. AAUW of Virginia participated in Equal Pay activities on the George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College campuses, two of our 26 College/University Partners.
Virginia AAUW branch members make up the majority of the AAUW Capitol Hill Lobby Corps, which lobbies members of Congress every Thursday that Congress is in session. In 2015 AAUW of Virginia members donated over $99,000 to AAUW Funds that support educational opportunities, Legal Advocacy, and Public Policy.
Along with our activism, we greatly enjoy the friendships and fellowship of other AAUW members. We know how to have great fun! Virginia branches sponsor a variety of interest groups, such as book clubs, dining outs and theater nights, which members enjoy.
Check out our web site to see what we are doing and join us!