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, as recorded in our HERstory under ABOUT US.

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AAUW Austin Member Handout 8-9-20

Another year off to a great start !!

Picture Credit: Marsha Endahl Kramer

Bravo and congratulations to Gayle Kaines and Roberta Coffin, Membership VP’s, and their planning committee for the virtual Austin Branch of AAUW Summer Social with 66 participants online Sunday!

Interest Group Chair Brenda Hahne highlighted 15 Interest Groups from hiking to wine tasting to Art Tours, 5 book groups, public policy, funds, bridge groups, Creative Stitchery. We were updated on our local and national efforts (AAUW.org) about many important Public Policy issues, including voting rights, led by lawyer Jean Bessent.

Austin AAUW founded Mainspring Schools during WWII for disadvantaged children, and it is now an accredited preschool. Our branch founded the public library, literacy programs and continues to be a leader of gender equity issues, working for equal pay for work of equal value and leadership training. AAUW is the largest funder of fellowships in the world, and the Austin branch created endowed scholarships at both ACC and UT-Austin. We support STEM projects including Latinitas and GirlStart to name a few.

AAUW was founded in 1881 to support women who graduated from 4 year colleges and universities. Membership expanded a few years ago to include those with Associate’s Degrees and is an amazing place to work for causes that strengthen the lives of women and families.
We also give members opportunities to continue with lifelong learning, philanthropy, and sisterhood through our interest groups, networking and staying active. Our youngest members are 24 and 33, and the eldest is 103 and still sharp as a tack!

2020-2021 Strategic Plan & Goals

 Our 2020-2021 Branch Program Schedule 

October 10 at 10:00 a. m.  – Virtual Meeting using Zoom (details current newsletter)

League of Women Voters  Austin Area

“Engaging Voters in the General Election – Who, What, Where, When and How”

Panel:  Moriah Powers, President; Pam Bixby, VP Voter Services; Michael Keller, Voter Register & Turnout Director

November 14 at 10:00 a. m.  – Virtual Meeting using Zoom (details current newsletter)

“Making a Difference for a Healthy Planet” 

                  Dr. David T. Allen, Ph.D.

January 16 at 10:00 a. m. – Norris Conference Center

“Women in Film”

Annie Silversmith

 February 13 at 10:00 a. m. – Norris Conference Center

 “Graduate Education – Observations from the Tower”

 Elizabeth M. Korves, Fellowship Program Administrator, University of Texas at Austin

 March 10 at 10:00 a. m. – Norris Conference Center

“Racial Geography at the University of Texas Austin”

                 Dr. Edmund T. Gordon, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Diversity, University of Texas at Austin

April 10 at 10:00 a. m. – Norris Conference Center

“Our Fragile Early Childhood System: Lessons from COVID 19

           Cathy McHorse, Head of Success by Six at United Way for Greater Austin

May 8 at 10:00 a. m. – Norris Conference Center

 U T Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 UT Fellows


The American Association of University Women has been empowering women since 1881.

AAUW-Texas includes the state organization and local branches in four districts, working for equity for women and girls in schools, on campuses, and in our communities.