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.
Austin AAUW is a nationwide community of more than 150,000 members and supporters from all walks of life who advise, mentor, and support one another, including 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners. We believe in the mission of AAUW to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
Since its first meeting in 1881, AAUW has been a catalyst for change. When more than a century ago a Harvard physician claimed that higher education jeopardized women’s health, AAUW conducted research that proved he was wrong. When the number of female college students grew, AAUW funded fellowships to support them. When girls and boys were treated differently in school, AAUW research put gender bias on the national agenda. When women receive less pay than their male colleagues for the same job, AAUW continues researching, educating, and advocating for equity. AAUW contributes to a more promising future and provides a powerful voice for women and girls—a voice that cannot and will not be ignored.
For more information, please explore our website and contact us via link on lower right. Branch programs are listed under Activities TAB and monthly descriptions follow below.
Upcoming Branch Events
(Click on the links below or on the corresponding date on the calendar at right for details.)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013: SAVE THE DATE! Special celebration of Austin Branch’s 90 year anniversary, Luncheon at Austin Woman’s Club. Contact: Judy Reinhart
Friday, January 10, 2014: “Women in Art” – Dr. Karen Pope, at Westwood Country Club. Contact: Marina Rivers
Recent past programs and events:
Sunday, August 18, 2013: Annual Membership Social with theme of Celebrate AAUW Austin!
3-5:00 PM at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Contact: Diane Brewer
Monday, August 26, 2013: “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds”, a discussion on women’s economic issues with Leader Nancy Pelosi, sponsored by AAUW-TX and the Austin & Georgetown branches of AAUW.
Saturday, September 21, 2013: “Texas Kids Count”- Dr. Frances Deviney, CPPP, at LCRA Redbud Center. Contact: Mary Ellen Scribner
Saturday, October 12, 2013: “The Past as Prologue” – Susan Rittereiser, Austin History Center, at Wyndham Garden Hotel. Contact: Dr. Carol Fritz
In 2012 four Austin, Texas middle school girls interviewed AAUW staff in D.C. for their entry in the National History Day Competition. Their website (http://76705925.nhd.weebly.com/) about the history of Title IX won first prize in the Junior Website Category.
In 2013 they had another winning entry in the National History Day competition; their project won the “History of Congress” special award, and they also placed 6th out of the 95 entries in the Senior Division Website category. The spark for the girls’ project on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 began with their visit to the AAUW National Office the prior year where they were asked to do a short video on why voting is important. It made the students realize that in the next presidential election they will be 18 and eligible to vote! They were able to interview many civil rights leaders like Amelia Boynton (who is 101 years old), Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Vice-President Walter Mondale (who was a senator when this law was passed), and many others as part of their research. The URL for their 2013 project is: http://18602803.nhd.weebly.com/ .
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Smrithi Mahadevan, Maanasa Nathan, Priya Ramamoorthy, and Kavya Ramamoorthy !!