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Member Accomplishments

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Jane McCallum, President of the Austin Suffrage Association in 1915 

Jane McCallum was an early suffragist leader, president of the Austin Suffrage Association in 1915, head of publicity for TESA  (Texas Equal Suffrage Association), and Texas Secretary of State (1927-1933).

She was also a founder of Austin area League of Women Voters, and she led Petticoat Lobbyists (Joint Legislative Council)  in campaigning for Dan Moody as Texas governor.

Grace Delano Clark, Most Worthy Citizen in  1928

Mrs. Grace Delano Clark was awarded Most Worthy Citizen by the Austin American for her work in establishing Austin’s first library.

Mrs. Flora Arrowood,President of the Austin Branch in 1936-37

Mrs. Flora Arrowood, President of the Austin Branch in 1936-37, headed civic drives in Austin in the 1940s, campaigning for better schools and the creation of what is now Mainspring Schools, for passage of bonds to get Brackenridge Hospital accredited, and for adding Bookmobile services for the Austin Public Library.

Click here to read 5 Jun, 1957, Statesman article.

Dr. Jenny Lind Porter-Scott,Poet Laureate of Texas in 1964-65 

Dr. Jenny Lind Porter-Scott was Poet Laureate of Texas in 1964-65, and she was elected to the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985.

She also received an award from the Texas Institute of Letters for her translation of Verses on Death by Helinand of Froidmont.


Carole Keeton,  in public service for four deacades ( 1972 – 2007)

Often called a trailblazer, Carole Keeton’s public service in the elected arena in Austin and in Texas spans four decades from 1972 to 2007 and is full of “firsts”—First woman president of the Austin School Board, first woman president of Austin Community College Board of Trustees; first woman elected Mayor of Austin, (and still the only woman to serve as mayor of Austin) and the only mayor of Austin elected by the citizens for three terms.  While serving as Mayor she was selected “One of the 50 Faces for America’s Future” by Time Magazine and was elected President of The Texas Municipal League representing all the cities in Texas.

Elected to statewide office four times, Carole is the first woman in history elected and reelected Texas Railroad Commissioner and the first woman in history elected and reelected Texas Comptroller.  As Comptroller, her report on our Texas foster care system, Forgotten Children, won a National Public Integrity Award.  Carole began her career as a public school teacher. Her lifelong record of achievement is rooted in her passion for education and public service. She was inducted into the Austin Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013. She currently serves as Executive Director, pro-bono, Austinites For Action and as a lifetime member of The Lola Wright Foundation and on the Advisory Board for Girl Scouts of Central Texas.

November 2016 Branch Meeting

Noted Art Historian and Lecturer, Dr. Karen Pope, will present a program based on her Famous Collectors Series. Peggy Guggenheim 1898-1979, was very much ahead of her time and generation. At only 14 years old, she lost her father, Benjamin Guggenheim, in the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic.

As a young woman, Peggy moved to London and opened an art gallery in 1938, but was forced to leave London with the outbreak of WW II. She returned to New York, and in 1949, purchased the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal in Venice. Peggy would become famous as a collector of 20th century art and vowed to “buy a picture a day”. She had the “eye” and the resources from the Guggenheim fortune to accomplish this goal. She continued to live in the palazzo for 30 years and exhibit art until her death in 1979. Today, the museum continues to grow and exhibit the major movements of modern art.

Welcome to the Austin AAUW Website

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!



2016-2017 EVENTS


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 …


The Perfect Gift for Graduates

You have something special to give new college grads: one year of free national membership! It’s easy, and you can give AAUW memberships to as many recent graduates as you like.




Save the Dates

June 14th – 17th, 2017: National Convention






October 2016 Branch Meeting

The October meeting will be held Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Norris Center from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p. m. The speakers will give us an overview of the latest voter requirements in light of recent court decisions, discuss voter trends and issues such as voting demographics, breakdowns by geographic areas, gender, and race/ethnicity, and share resources available from the League of Women Voters. The speakers are Grace Chimene, Board member of the State League of Women Voters and Cinde Weatherby, President of the Austin chapter of the League.

Ms. Chimene recently upgraded the League’s website and social media system which can be viewed at She has served in various capacities for the League such as providing legislative testimony and chairing the Child Health Issues at the Capitol. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with 30 years of experience.

Cinde Weatherby is the 2016-18 President of the League of Women Voters-Austin. Prior to her election , she was VP for Community Relations and coordinated the Austin League’s Capitol Corps. She also has served at the state organization’s chair for Voting and Election Issues. Prior to her volunteering, she had a long public and private sector transportation career.

Mark you calendar now and plan to attend this meeting to hear these very knowledgeable women.

The menu for the day is:
Turkey Roulade
Tender turkey breast stuffed with cranberries, sausage & figs in a wine cream sauce,
 with endive mashed potatoes and
 a garden fresh salad
Dessert and beverages choices
Meeting with lunch:  $30
Meeting with beverages:  $5


September 2016 Branch Meeting

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

The September 9th AAUW Austin Branch Meeting was premier in every way!  It was the first meeting of member year 2016-17, and Co-President Marina Rivers’ husband, CPA Wendell Harwell presented a stellar, captivating portrait of Living in China from a savvy American point of view.  The PowerPoint presentation moved briskly along to Harwell’s confident and organized talk of living in Shanghai and traveling extensively in the rest of China.  His photos compared the way Americans in Shanghai were able to live vis å vis the way ordinary Chinese citizens live.  He had nothing but high regard for the daily challenges met by the Chinese to create a life for themselves, a livelihood, and provide the best possible education for their one child.  An interesting side note on the changing one-child law in China was the realization of the burden of family responsibilities on that single grown child to  house, feed, and clothe the older generations who, by custom, continue to live with the young.  Therefore, in a new marriage, a couple would provide for both sets of parents, plus their parents.  The societal mistake has been made plain.  Another eye-opener for the audience was the extreme challenge of gaining access to higher education vs making iPhones or planting rice if one failed.  The Chinese child plays no sports or pursues other interests other than study study study.  The competition is fierce.  He finished with the reminder that people all over the world want the same basic things.  Our governments might differ, but people all want peace, security, to provide for their children, and to live a good life free of fear.

The Harwells especially loved learning about the culture and language from brilliant Chinese tutors they hired, travel, their spacious apartment, and the FOOD.  They are real foodies who love to adventure dine and never became ill from the food they chose until they visited a Chinese KFC.  The program was enlightening and highly entertaining.  The 54 members and multiple guests in attendance loved the presentation and the very nice lunch of chicken breast with caper sauce, au gratin potatoes, salad, seasonal veggies, and mini-dessert choices.  Membership VP Elaine Penn welcomed new member Suellen Myers to our branch and recognized seven other NEW members in attendance: Roberta Coffin, Brenda Hahne, Sylvia Huntsman, Lana Kempff, Jennifer Swenson, and sisters Jan and Pam Watson.  Co-President Marsha Endahl Kramer introduced our three brand new Honorary members who were in attendance:  Myrtle Bell, Anita Knight, and Mary Ellen Scribner. Longtime Honoraries Jerry Cassidy and Nancy Myers were also introduced.  Sunshine chair Larie Amsler gave a touching tribute to the passing of Honorary member Dr. Janice May, who died in recent months.

September 2015 Branch Meeting

September 12th: “Driving Around in Circles, The Austin Area Traffic & Transportation Dilemma” – Dr. Jennifer Duthie

Jen DuthieDr. Duthie is a Research Engineer at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Transportation Research. Her talk focused on the challenges and innovations in designing solutions to the traffic problems in Austin. She talked about how technology is shaping and will continue to shape our transportation system, including the use of smartphone apps, driverless vehicles, and improved safety. Political roadblocks and equity challenges were also discussed.


Monthly Branch Program, April 2015

April 8 (Wednesday), 10:00 AM – “Where Has All the Water Gone?” – Thomas G. Mason, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; Contact: Larie Amsler

WildflowerCenterMeetingThe April AAUW Austin branch meeting was held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The room was lively with 42 members and invited guests, three of whom became members of our branch!  Members were urged to attend the Equal Pay Lobby Day at the State Capitol on April 14th.  Following a brief business meeting with incoming Co-Presidents Marina Rivers and Milli Stecker,  and new Membership VP Elaine Penn, elected by acclamation, the appreciative audience was treated to a very informative presentation by the Texas Water Foundation’s board president, Tom Mason. Mason began his discussion of the water crisis in Texas by reminding the group that there will never be more or less water on this planet than there is at this moment in time. The population grows, but the water resources remain the same; and less than 1% of all the water on earth is fresh water that we can actually use.  He humorously commented that the water in our members’ glasses had likely been filtered through a dinosaur’s kidney at one time.  He discussed the serious drought situation across Texas, but left the audience with a feeling of hope that Texas is managing its resources very well, and that conservation is definitely working.  The state water plan includes other measures to provide for future water needs, including water re-use.

Our speaker,Tom Mason, who served as the General Counsel and later the General Manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority, has over thirty years experience in water, energy, and environmental law and is currently board president of the Texas Water Foundation. A Plan II Honors Program graduate of the University of Texas in 1975, he received his law degree from the UT Law School in 1980. He is past president of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin.

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