Austin branch members having fun at Girlstart fundraising luncheon

Welcome to the Austin Branch of AAUW

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 800 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.

Veronica at Health Care Rally (along with Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood) at Texas Capitol

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.

Voter Registration Project – Program VP Dr. Sylvia Garcia worked with “Austin Women Vote” coalition


Upcoming Branch Events

(Click on the links below or on the corresponding date on the calendar at right for details.)

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 Advocacy Day event, including delivery of Stand Up for Women and Families Petitions to Governor Perry.  Contact: Carol Fritz.

Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, 2014: AAUW-TX State Convention, Hurst, TX.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014:  FUNdraising for Ann Richards American Fellowship via TUGG movie “YOGAWOMAN”, 6:30-9:30 PM at The Marchesa.  See http://www.tugg.com/events/8034 .

Saturday, May 17, 2014: The University of Texas at Austin Fellowships winners, 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:


Austin Students work with AAUW & Win TWO National History Day Competitions

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.

TX girls preparing for history competition, meeting branch members at VJ’s house

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 !

Read AAUW blog about their Title IX Champions Award at http://www.aauw.org/2014/03/06/girls-fight-for-title-ix/