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 2015-2016 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 exciting year has begun!

Equal Pay Day, Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Join us at the Texas State Capitol dressed in RED!!!

Get additional details on the Equal Pay Day





Many of you have heard of the January 21 Women’s March in Washington. Did you know we had a similar march in Austin? Why the Women’s March? We walked for social justice: the rights, safety, and health for all.

Please refer to the Women’s March on ATX at https://marchonaustin.com/ for additional information.

AAUW National Convention – Make your voice heard

2017NationalConventionYou’ve marched in Austin, now come to the 2017 AAUW National Convention, to be held June 14-17, 2017, in Washington D.C and take your voice directly to Capitol Hill. As we prepare for the changing political climate, your voice is needed now more than ever.By participating in Lobby Day at the convention, you too can hone your advocacy skills and apply them to meetings on Capitol Hill, at your statehouse, and in your community.

Save the Date – AAUW Texas 48th Biennial State Conference

2016-2017 EVENTS


May 6 (Saturday), 10 AM – Installations of Officers, UT Scholars Awards, Norris Center, Northcross Mall Contact: Jean Bessent & Marsha Endahl Kramer


April 12 (Wednesday), 10 AM – “Women in the Austin Police Dept”,  Surei Scanlon, PAO, Election of Officers, Austin Woman’s Club Contact: Ruth Rubio & Janet Widoff  (NOTE: change of date from Good Friday)

March 8 (Wednesday), 6:30 PM (Note time) – International Women’s Day, Joint Collaboration with Austin UNA/USA, Austin Woman’s Club Contact: Anita Knight & Lynn Cooksey

February 11 (Saturday), 10 AM –  “Tomlinson Hill”, Chris Tomlinson, Norris Center, Northcross Mall Contact: Mary Ellen Scribner

January 13 (Friday), 10 AM – “Cuba: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow”,  Ann Marie Ellis,  Austin Woman’s Club Contact: Ann Marie Ellis& Marina Rivers

December 15 (Thursday), 2:30-6:00 PM- AAUW/AWFC Joint Holiday Open House, Texas Federated Women’s Club Mansion,  Contact: Anita Knight & Lynn Cooksey

November 15 (Tuesday), 10 AM – “American Women and their Collections”, Dr. Karen Pope, Westwood Country Club; Contact: Marina Rivers & Diane Brewer. Read More ..

October 12 (Wednesday), 10 AM – “Texas Voters: Trends and Issues”, Grace Chimene, TX League of Women Voters, and Cinde Weatherby, Austin LWV, Norris Center, Northcross Mall; Contact: Sylvia Garcia & Jean Bessent. Read More ..

September 9 (Friday), 10 AM “Living and Working in China”  Wendell Harwell, Norris Center, Northcross Mall; Contact: Marina Rivers

R. Wendell Harwell, retired CPA and husband of our Co-President Marina Rivers told us about living in China. He had a delightful presentation that addressed some of the practical problems and joys of living abroad. Read More …