American Association of University Women of Virginia

About the American Association of University Women

AAUW of VA’s First 75 Years – An Online History 

AAUW of Virginia is part of the national organization whose logo appears to the right. The “W” stands for women, the equidistant lines for equity, and the overlapping triangles for our three corporations…the American Association of University Women, the AAUW Educational Foundation, and the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund… working together to promote education and equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change.  AAUW Corporate Overview

The American Association of University Women was formed in 1921 through the merger of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae (formed in 1881) and the Southern Association of College Women.  Our organization may be called “AAUW” or “the Association” but not “national.”  The Association is a 160,000 member organization with more than 1,600 branches nationwide that lobby and advocate for education and equity.  

The term “state AAUW” refers to the state unit of AAUW, which was formerly known as division. We are known as AAUW of Virginia. The branch is the basic local unit of AAUW. We are not a “chapter,” a “club,” or a “sorority.” A branch may be referred to by name, such as, the “Alexandria Branch.”

View AAUW’s History in the Online Museum

The AAUW Educational Foundation funds pioneering research on girls and education, community action projects, and fellowships and grants for outstanding women around the globe. In 2003 AAUW also founded the Leadership and Training Institute which helps women and girls acquire the skills they need to assume leadership roles in their academic, professional, and personal lives.

AAUW of Virginia maintains a number of endowments and fellowships.

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund provides funds and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination in higher education. The Legal Advocacy Update newsletter is available online at: http://www.aauw.org/laf/updates/index.cfm

AAUW Mission Statement

AAUW promotes Equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change. The AAUW Educational Foundation provides funds to advance education, research and self-development for women and to foster equity and positive societal change. AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination.

AAUW Diversity Statement

In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.  Read more on AAUW’s Diversity Initiatives and Community Programs.

AAUW Publication “OUTLOOK”

Members receive a free subscription to “AAUW Outlook” and past issues are also available online at: http://www.aauw.org/outlook/index.cfm

Please make use of our national resources and rewarding opportunities for involvement in Virginia. The American Association of University Women makes a difference. Join us. For more information, please email [email protected], request information online or view Membership Information.