The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization whose mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. AAUW Asheville is one of over 1000 local branches in the United States and the largest and fourth oldest branch in North Carolina.
Since our founding in 1915, AAUW Asheville has been focused on addressing issues that are important to supporting the needs of women and girls in our community and beyond. We do this by promoting education, including improving our own knowledge of community needs in branch programs and committees, supporting STEM activities with middle school girls, collaborating with institutions of higher learning, and financially contributing to college/university scholarships for women whose education has been delayed or interrupted. Additionally, as a nonpartisan organization, we advocate with our lawmakers in advancing the rights and economic security of women and girls. (link to Public Policy statements in About AAUW)
To achieve the connection and collaboration necessary to make a difference in our community, opportunities are available through branch meetings and smaller gatherings comprising “special interest groups” (link to Programs). Communication is achieved through a monthly newsletter, email announcements, and an annual AAUW Asheville Directory. While recognizing our individual differences, we are an organization of like-minded women in that we are committed to the same mission.
Work Smart is a free AAUW online learning program about how to negotiate better compensation https://salary.aauw.org. The tools contained in this program can also be used to negotiate other types of desired outcomes in your life. The program works: 98% of those who take the course find it useful, 72% report higher confidence, and 60% put the skills they learn into practice.