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AAUW Asheville

Founded March 17, 1915 | Fourth Oldest Branch in North Carolina

The Asheville branch of AAUW traces its history from 1915 when sixteen local women college graduates organized what would locally become AAUW Asheville.  Its work in Asheville has been ongoing and influential in the community, nation, and world, assisting women through such related projects as refugee relief and improvement of public schools. Its history is replete with names of local women who made significant inroads for women and girls.  Learn more about our history, projects, and interest and study groups, review our latest branch news, or contact us at ashevilleaauw@gmail.com to see how we can work together to advance education and equity for all women and girls.

AAUW’s Mission
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW Annual Art Contest

We look down onto a woman painting a nearly completed photo of a beautiful court yard on her canvas.

Photo courtesy of Procsilas Moscas via Flickr

We hear about the gender gap all the time — in salary, in math and science fields, in leadership. But one of the most glaring and longstanding gaps is in the art world. For centuries, women artists were unrecognized, unencouraged, or even discredited simply because they were not men.

Today, things have changed … some. Still, in 2012, only 4 percent of artists on display at the Metropolitan Museum were women. There remains just one major museum in the world dedicated solely to women artists. That’s why we host an annual art contest to give women artists the equal attention they deserve.

Want to share your artwork with thousands of AAUW members?

Enter the 2017 AAUW Art Contest   Visit the art contest gallery
Members are required to log in with an AAUW member ID to enter.

The six winning entries will be featured in a collection of note cards mailed to AAUW members in the spring.

For more information on the AAUW Art Contest, see the contest rules.

2017 Timeline:

Submission period
January 4–31
Submit your artwork. Members can submit up to two pieces. Read the contest rules to learn more.
Voting period
February 6–28
AAUW members can vote for up to 10 entries. Rally votes for your favorites by sharing with other members.
Winner announcement
Early March
We’ll announce the six winners on this page!

 

Past Winners

We’re in the ninth year of the annual AAUW Art Contest. View all of our past winners!

Congratulations to our 2016 winners!

Every year AAUW members cast their vote on the final candidates to be featured in the spring collection of note cards. The winners for 2016 were (click to expand):

Dancing with Joy at White Sands by Ronda Sanders

“Dancing with Joy at White Sands”
By Ronda Sanders

Floral by Carol Zerbe

“Floral”
By Carol Zerbe

Foxy Impression by Christy Lemp

“Foxy Impression”
By Christy Lemp

Japanese Garden Drum Bridge by Susan Fenwick

“Japanese Garden Drum Bridge”
By Susan Fenwick

Three Poppies by LouAnn Hoppe

“Three Poppies”
By LouAnn Hoppe

Tuscan Entryway by Robert Benziger

“Tuscan Entryway”
By Robert Benziger

Enter the 2017 AAUW Art Contest today!
Visit the art contest gallery

Look what AAUW Action Network accomplished in 2016!

December 22, 2016 This year was action-packed for AAUW’s advocacy efforts. Our reach spanned from the White House to Congress to statehouses across the country. As the year comes to a close, AAUW would like to thank our members and supporters for carrying out our mission to empower all women and girls. Your advocacy and generous support have ensured that we continued many successful and exciting policy activities throughout the year. But the hard work isn’t over yet!

Looking for a New Year’s resolution? Help grow AAUW Action Network by sharing these successes with friends and family members and urging them to advocate for issues affecting women and girls as a Two-Minute Activist. In the list below, you’ll see how much we have done together throughout the past year — and the more our advocacy community grows, the more we’ll be able to do in 2017! If this election taught us anything, it’s that AAUW’s nonpartisan voice and research-based advocacy are needed now more than ever. You provide the voice, we’ll provide the megaphone in 2017 and beyond!

200,000+
messages went out to state and federal legislators.

AAUW Action Network supporters in all 50 states made their voices heard on our priority issues. With your help, we contacted all 435 U.S. House offices and all 100 U.S. Senate offices throughout the year!

6
states passed new equal pay laws in 2016.

AAUW members played a key role in achieving new equal pay laws in California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Utah. Yes, you read that right: Those are red, blue, and purple states taking action to close the gender pay gap — thanks to you and AAUW.

In 2016, six states passed new equal play laws.

714
resource guides were delivered to Title IX coordinators in 29 states.

AAUW branches and supporters delivered critical new resources released by the U.S. Department of Education to make our schools safer and more equitable. This first tool kit of its kind was created at AAUW’s prompting, and now we are delivering the good news nationwide.

in 2016, 714 resource guides were delivered to Title IX coordinators in 29 states.

2,200
signatures collected on AAUW’s petition urging Anheuser-Busch to sign the White House Equal Pay Pledge.

Just three months after the pledge was released — on Women’s Equality Day — Anheuser-Busch signed the pledge. To date, more than 100 companies have signed on and committed to closing the gender pay gap.

44
years of Title IX celebrated with Senator Harry Reid.

AAUW presented Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) with our Title IX Champion award at a packed Capitol Hill reception in June. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Dina Titus (D-NV) also spoke to the crowd of 300 attendees about the positive effect Title IX has had in our country’s schools. AAUW has long been a protector and defender of Title IX, and your strong voices have helped to make this groundbreaking civil rights law a real success story.

AAUW Vice President of Government Relations Lisa Maatz and Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) at the 2016 AAUW Title IX Champion award ceremony.

AAUW Vice President of Government Relations Lisa Maatz presented Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) with the 2016 Title IX Champion award and a letter from AAUW of Nevada’s co-presidents.

900+
get-out-the-vote events organized by members in 46 states.

AAUW branches, Younger Women’s Task Force chapters, and student organizations hosted voter registration drives and candidate nights with AAUW’s It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard resources. If you haven’t told us about your get-out-the-vote or voter education event, it’s not too late!

In 2016, 900 get-out-the-vote events were organized by AAUW members in 46 states.

19
AAUW members were elected to state legislatures.

We know of 19 AAUW members who were elected to state legislatures or state senates in 2016. Do you know of any AAUW members in office? Be sure to tell us about them!

 

Feeling inspired by what we did together? Help AAUW continue speaking truth to power in 2017. With your support, AAUW will continue to be a valued ally or a fierce critic as the situation warrants in the year to come. When you give by December 31 your contribution will be matched, dollar for dollar, to double the effect you have on AAUW’s work!

 

Give today to help empower women and girls in the New Year.

 


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Make yourself heard on issues like fair pay, Supreme Court justice nominations, and Title IX. Find out how we make it easy for you to contact your representatives.

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February Branch Meeting (no January meeting)

 

Speaker:  Scott Dedman, Executive Director

Mountain Housing Opportunities      

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St., Asheville, 28801
( 3rd Floor Dining Room)

11:30 Branch Meeting followed by Lunch and Speaker

RSVP to Susan Grabel:  susangrabel2@gmail.com or 828-505-3826

                                                        Reservation deadline:  Feb 20

Please note:  You may attend the meeting without having lunch.

However, members who reserve lunch, but do not attend, still owe $12.
AAUW is responsible for the cost of all ordered lunches.

Asheville Branch Centennial


On March 27,1915 sixteen progressive alumnae formed our branch, now one of the largest and oldest in the state. Our historically impressive works and members were showcased during 2015 as we celebrated ten decades of continued good deeds for city and county residents. 

With nearly 170 members, the Asheville Branch is the largest in the state.  A chart on the AAUW NC website shows membership numbers for all North Carolina branches:

More about AAUW Asheville’s first hundred years:   AAUW Avl History

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We recognize that differences in age, race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, physical ability, thinking style and background bring richness to our organization.

We are committed to being an organization that reflects and understands the population it serves – members and the community at large. As such, we will foster diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our activities – membership, volunteers, programs, speakers and projects.