MISSION: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
VISION: AAUW will be a powerful advocate and visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls.
In principle and 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.Members can participate in regional, state, and national AAUW activities.
What does AAUW do?
AAUW supports equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research, and philanthropy. Nationally, we are a prominent voice on women’s issues, such as the Lily Ledbetter Fair Paycheck Act. We raise money for: scholarships and fellowships for women; support certain legal cases that will improve the lives of women and girls; and engage in research that is important for raising awareness of women’s and girls’ issues. We support a Lobby corps in Washington, DC and in Sacramento. In California, we operate Tech Tech, a math and science camp for girls, which has now become a national program
What types of people are involved in AAUW?
AAUW is composed of dynamic women who are confident, intelligent, informed, vocal, savvy, diplomatic, persistent, out-going and amiable. The Riverside Branch has many teachers and former teachers from Elementary School on up through the college level. We also have nurses, lawyers, doctors, psychologists, and business administrators.
Why do people join AAUW?
Typically people join because they support the mission of AAUW—equity for women and girls—and because they enjoy connecting with women who have similar interests and values.
How many members do you have?
The Riverside Branch has about 55 members. AAUW-California has about 10,000 members and, nationwide, AAUW has over 170,000 members and supporters..
What types of events do you hold?
The Riverside Branch holds events appealing to a wide range of interests. Many events have speakers such as leading authors, politicians, female scientists, and female professionals. We have several interest groups that meet monthly (See ACTIVITIES). We raise funds to send 8th grade girls to Tech Trek Science and Math Camp (See TECH TREK). We donate K-1 books to Kindergarten classes in needy schools in the area.
When and where are your events?
The Riverside Branch events are held in public venues (library, Habitat for Humanity, etc). The interest groups are usually held in members’ homes.
What forms of communication does AAUW have?
The National level of AAUW has an excellent website (http://www.aauw.org/. The State level also has a website (http://www.aauw-ca.org/) as does the Riverside Branch (http://riverside-ca.aauw.net/). In addition there are National and State magazines that come out several times a year. The National newsletter, Washington update, is sent out by e-mail every week. There are also a stream of e-mail services that are available to keep members informed. The Riverside Branch has a monthly newsletter (Pipeline) to keep members informed of our monthly activities as well as other updates.