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in the workplace, and in our communities — locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.  Our founders refused to accept the status quo and demanded access for women at every level of our society. Today, AAUW’s 170,000 valued members and supporters, staff, and stakeholders
celebrate and reflect on the organization’s rich past and meaningful impact to ensure our
future relevance in advancing equity for all women and girls.


To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.


Equity for all.





Inclusion and Intersectionality.

Diversity Statement

In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks an inclusive membership, workforce, leadership team, and board of directors. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, geographical location, national origin, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

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.

Hear the true stories from women and men about the moment when they realized there was still work to be done. View AAUW’s Breaking through Barriers Video.

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The AAUW Strategic Plan is created through an inclusive process involving the AAUW Board of Directors and staff. The goals, indicators of success, and strategies reflect an integrated approach to fulfilling our mission, vision, and value promise. As AAUW continues to move forward in a changing world, so have our Strategic Plan and our Vision Statement.

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BEYOND ASPIRATIONS: Advancing Equity for Women & Girls (Download the PDF)

Member Resources for Engagement with the Strategic Plan

Since 1881, AAUW has been breaking down barriers for women in education,

This is AAUW

This is AAUW

In honor of Member Appreciation Week, we're proud to premiere our new video on the strength and power of our members. With your help, we will continue to change the climate for women and girls.

Posted by AAUW on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

AAUW, Changing the Climate for Women and Girls

What We Do

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 Educational Foundation 
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 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 Fundraising

AAUW Annual Giving Drive

Help create change for women and girls in this critical election year. Your gift will support AAUW’s fight against unequal representation in business and government, discrimination and harassment in the workplace, the gender pay gap, and more. Make this a year of change for women and girls. Give today.

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