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 part of a nationwide community of more than 170,000 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 at right. Branch programs are listed under Activities TAB (http://austin-tx.aauw.net/activities/branch-programs/) and upcoming monthly descriptions follow below.
Upcoming Branch Events
(Click on the links below or on the corresponding date on the calendar at right for details.)
March, 2014: Join us at the UNA/Austin International Woman’s Day dinner on the 7th, the STEM Mission in Action events, the 13th Biennial African-American Women’s Profiles of Prominence Award reception on the 22nd, the WE CON on March 22-23, and/or the conference on Diversity in Higher Education on the 28th. See March newsletter for more information.
Saturday, April 12, 2014: “Mission in Action”: Voting Rights Act of 1965, Medal Winners; local branch scholarship winners, at University of Phoenix Austin campus. Contact: Lilac Bauer
Thursday, April 24, 2014: Equal Pay Day event, including delivery of Stand Up for Women and Families Petitions to Governor Perry. Stay tuned for more details.
Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, 2014: AAUW-TX State Convention, Hurst, TX
COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU: FUNdraising for Ann Richards American Fellowship via TUGG movie “YOGAWOMAN”. Contact: President, VP & Funds Chair. Stay tuned for more details.
Saturday, May 17, 2014: The University of Texas at Austin Fellowships, Branch elections & memorials, at Wyndham Garden Hotel. Contact: Joyce Pulich, et al.
See http://austin-tx.aauw.net/activities/branch-programs/ for recent past programs and events:
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 !! Come meet them at our April 12, 2014 branch meeting.