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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.


Ten Thousand Villages

10 College Street, downtown

Thursday, December 10

3:00 – 6:00

Bring friends to join in the festivities and to introduce them to AAUW.

Food, wine and shopping, with 15% of the proceeds going to AAUW/GEM

Ten Thousand Villages shopping benefit for non-profits

Ten Thousand Villages in Asheville is hosting a holiday shopping benefit for local non-profit organizations. From Monday, November 30th through Friday, December 11th, not only will your purchase benefit artisans around the world, it will also help create change right here in Asheville. During those two weeks, mention AAUW / GEM at the checkout counter and 15% of your purchase will be donated to us. Join us as we support our global AND local community; use your purchasing power to change the world through fair trade!

Ten Thousand Villages’ mission is to provide vital, fair income to craftspeople in the developing world by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America.  The sale of these products helps to provide a fair wage for the artisans and enables them to pay for food, education, health care, and housing.

Ten Thousand Villages is located at 10 College Street across from Pritchard Park and next to the restaurant, Tupelo Honey. Their hours are 10-8 Monday-Saturday, and 10-4 on Sunday. They will close at 6 pm on Tuesday, December 8th , for their annual volunteer appreciation party.


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

As of 2015, 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.