Imagine a collective force of women whose ultimate goal is to inspire, motivate and lead other women? We’re not talking about simply speaking of how we can create environments in which women can excel in their fields and personal lives, we’re talking about creating real life change and providing the necessary resources women need to flourish.
The American Association of University Women, (AAUW), is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since their founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.
Issues such as the 20% wage gap, stereotypes, diversity, student loan debt, sexual assault are real issues that many individuals and organizations are hesitant to speak on and form an opinion about. These issues are the ones that women of AAUW confidently vocalize in conferences and marches all across the nation because they realize that together, we can activate change and inspire others to do the same.
Besides hosting leadership programs and salary negotiation workshops that hundreds of women attend, AAUW has awarded $3.7 million in fellowships and grants to support 250 women and nonprofit organizations.
AAUW has been recognized again and again by many press/media companies such as Bustle, Refinery29, Huffington Post, Elle, Bloomberg, etc for their exceptional work in the classroom, at work, on campus, and at home.
Each initiative, goal and vision of AUUW is put into action while embracing their mission and continuation of moving forward in a changing world. Their strategic plan focuses on goals such as the following, “AAUW’s expanding collaborative network uses mission-based programs and research to empower women with the tools, training, and support they need to become strong leaders and effective advocates for women and girls” (aauw.org). Young women ranging from those who are currently in the process of pursuing higher education to women who are career professionals can obtain the skills they need to exceed in their academics or the workplace.
With more than 1,000 branches across the country, change can begin closer than you think. Find the closest branch to you here and become one of the many women who are taking charge and fighting for what they deserve.
Author: Jasmeet Gosal @jasmeetgosal