A Voice to Empower Girls and Women
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) was founded in 1881 as the Association of Collegiate Alumnae. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with 170,000 members in over 1,000 local branches, and over 800 college and university partners. AAUW members research and take positions on fundamental educational, social, economic and political issues. They also work to provide a voice and to empower girls and women.
The Atlanta Branch, originally affiliated with the Southern Association of College Women (SACW), was established in 1905. SACW merged with the Association of Collegiate Alumnae in 1921 and the combined organization took the AAUW name. The Atlanta Branch has focused on projects promoting social welfare and education for women and girls.
Funding to Achieve Academic Goals and Dreams Through Programming and Workshops
Atlanta Branch members have regularly contributed to the AAUW Educational Foundation, the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund and the funding of local Atlanta scholarships. It has also accomplished the founding of the Educational Information and Referral Service, Inc.
Woman to Woman, Sister to Sister
In 1999, the Atlanta Branch held its first Sister-to-Sister Summit for middle grade students, at which girls had the opportunity to talk to each other about issues affecting their lives and educational barriers that were not being adequately addressed by schools and adults. In 2002, the Branch also organized its first Woman-to-Woman Summit which focused on eldercare, childcare, healthcare, public policy, scams and safety, financial planning and social security. An annual book fair organized by the Atlanta Branch is an important fundraising event for funding community programs, grants and local scholarships.