Welcome to the Austin Branch of AAUW

AAUW Mission Statement

The Austin Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) was organized by 15 women in 1923, at the Driskill Hotel, with many contributions and accomplishments made by branch members and continuing since, as recorded in our HERstory under ABOUT US.

What a year 2014-2015 has been! Membership numbers have increased and so has branch involvement and visibility in the Austin community. Branch members have made their presence known at the Capitol to lobby for equal pay, at the Women’s Community Center of Central Texas’s WECONference; at Girlstart and Latinitas in a variety of roles; wrapping gifts for tips at Barnes & Noble; at Mainspring Schools; and supporting high school and university women in scholarship and advocacy. And there was still time to have fun and learn in so many ways: art tours, playing bridge, reading and talking about a variety of books, hiking, and of course, eating!

Another exiting year has begun!


Remember to vote for your favorite pieces of art in AAUW’s Annual Art Contest! Submissions from Texas are as follows:

Hog Heaven, Bucket O’ Blooms, Living Water, Butterflies Galore, Front Garden Roses, Seaside Sunset, Sunshine Flowers, Blue Vase, Tall and Proud in Purple, Dewdrops in Pastel, Sunset Sail, Sea Gull Sentinel, Sunshine Meadows, Brothers Hand in Hand, and Before Video Games!

Our AAUW Texas Artists are as follows: Carol Dingman, Marsha Endahl Kramer, Martha Ragsdale, Beverly Smith, Denise Bossarte, Polly Post, Mary Bailey, and Nancy Tamburo Trevino. Vote! It’s exciting to support one another.


March 30 – Deadline for early registration for the 47th biennial AAUW-TX convention in San Antonio. Access the convention information and registration at http://aauw-tx.aauw.net/2016-aauw-tx-state-convention/ .  If you did not receive the emailed newsletter University Woman Texas (UWT) for Winter 2016, you can sign up for email delivery and/or view the Winter 2016 newsletter in PDF format) at http://aauw-tx.aauw.net/ .  Our branch is allowed 16 voting delegates, but bylaws changes will provide for one-member/one-vote in the future like National AAUW.

April 13 (Wednesday), 10:00 AMMindfulness: It’s Not What You Think” – Jenn Fairbank and Erika Marcoux, Austin Woman’s Club; Contact: Janie Alonzo and Barbara Worley.

Jenn and Erika-MIndfulnessGuest speakers Erika Marcoux and Jenn Fairbank will introduce the definition, benefits, and practice of mindfulness. Erika and Jenn are the co-Founders of Cornerstone Mindfulness and co-authors of the Companion for Life workbook and Business Mindfulness Training eBook. They wrote these books to share the simple message of practicing conscious compassion. Read more …

May 14  (Saturday), 10:00 AM – The University of Texas Fellowships, Officer Installation, & Memorials;  Norris Center, Northcross Mall; Contact: Joyce Pulich


March 1 – Come celebrate the annual UN International Women’s Day at the UN/USA-Austin dinner, 6:30 PM.  Austin AAUW is a partner, and member Dr. Ann Marie Ellis will be on the panel for the program “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality”.

March 9 (Wednesday), 10:00 AM – Sexual Violence on College Campuses” – Dr. Noel Busch-Armendariz,  Norris Center at Northcross Mall, ; Contact: Janet Widoff

February 17 (Wednesday), 10:00 AMChallenges, Strengths in Austin Public Schools Today” – Jennifer Griffis, Dr. Jennifer Holmes, and Dr. Barbara Ten Brink, Austin Woman’s Club; Contact: Judy Reinhart

February 2 (Tuesday), 6:00 – 8:00 PMKendra Gives Back Party – Kendra Scott Austin (Lamar Central) 3800 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756. RSVP: hughmarsha@aol.com or 512-906-6566

January 9 (Wednesday), 10:00 AM“Important Issues of Our Community: HIV, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health” – Dr. Michele Rountree;  ACC, Eastview Campus; Contact: Myrtle Bell

December 13 (Sunday), 3-5:00 PM –  Holiday Social, Austin Federation of Women’s Clubs; Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs “Mansion”, 2312 San Gabriel Street. Contact: Ines Garcia and Anita Knight

November 18 (Wednesday), 10:00 AM“The Ups and Downs of Austin Politics”– Ken Herman, Austin Woman’s Club; Contact: Jean Bessent

October 10 (Saturday), 10:00 AM“Women and Children Caught in the Middle” – Martha Dickie, ACC, Eastview Campus; Contact: Mary Ellen Scribner

September 12th:   “Driving Around in Circles, The Austin Area Traffic & Transportation Dilemma” – Dr. Jennifer Duthie

Save the Dates

April 29th – May 1st, 2016: Texas State Convention

June 14th – 17th, 2017: National Convention