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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.

Centennial Celebration

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 will be showcased during 2015 as we celebrate ten decades of continued good deeds for city and county residents.

Our lively kick-off party is March 15, complete with a “Through the Decades” fashion show in the Century Room of the historic Pack’s Tavern, downtown, at 20 South Spruce Street, on the park at Pack Square. 

Please plan to bring friends and family to join us in the upstairs Century Room, on Sunday, March 15, from 2 to 4.  We’ll have hors d-oeuvres, beverages, a cash bar, and a fun fashion show featuring our members — fashion through the decades:  “What we women achieved and what we wore.”

You can purchase tickets at the branch meeting on February 5, or to mail your check for $20 per person (for payment details, see the February newsletter –p.4– on this website, under Members Only).

Centennial year will include more fun events, publicity and publications. Stay tuned for more Asheville news. We hope to see you all there.

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.

Branch meeting February 5


The Slow Food Movement of Asheville

First Baptist Church, Charlotte Street, 11:30

Our speaker will be Katie Peterson, a board member of Slow Food of Asheville:  “Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and environment.” In the Asheville area the movement sponsors cooking classes, Heritage Foods Education, Slow Food on Campus and many other slow food events.

It’s not too early to start thinking about vegetable gardens and tailgate markets!

Reservations by Feb. 1 to amoscolell@aol.com