Our Branch

AAUW is The American Association of University Women.
It was founded in 1881 to promote education and equity for women.

WA9034_AAUW_hiresThe Walla Walla Branch was chartered in 1921. Membership is open to men and women who hold a two year degree or higher from an accredited college or university. We currently have over 135 members. Our branch has won the prestigious AAUW 21st Century Recognition Platinum Award for 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005, largely due to our very active participation in our community.

AAUW has a number of fellowship programs which provide grant monies to women pursuing doctoral and postdoctoral studies. One such fellowship is named in honor of local member Dina Baker. In 2006 our branch, with help from other branches, saw that $100,000 fellowship fully funded. Women receiving grants from this fund will have our branch to thank.

AAUW National

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches, and 800 college/university institution partners. The organization includes both a section 501(c)(3) public charity, the primary membership organization, and the AAUW Action Fund, a smaller section 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that may engage in limited activities related to member activism and voter education.

AAUW Issues

AAUW’s voice has long influenced legislative debate on critical social issues such as education, sex discrimination, civil rights, reproductive choice, affirmative action, Title IX, welfare reform, vocational education, pay equity, family and medical leave, and health care reform.

AAUW Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. Each year AAUW provides millions of dollars in fellowships, grants, and awards for outstanding women around the globe and for community action projects. AAUW also funds pioneering research on women, girls, and education.

AAUW Leadership Programs

Through AAUW Leadership Programs, women and girls acquire the skills they need to succeed and assume leadership roles in their academic, professional, and personal lives. Programs include Campus Action Projects, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in Washington, D.C., and the Student Advisory Council.

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to combat sex discrimination in higher education and workplaces through campus outreach programs, an online resource library, and research reports. LAF also provides support to workplace sex discrimination cases that have the potential to make a difference for all women.

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