The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and supporters which includes 1,000 branches and 800 college/university partners in local communities across the country. For more than 130 years, AAUW has worked as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families. Among other things, AAUW:
- Awarded $3.9 Million in fellowships and grants to support 250 women and non-profit organizations in the 2018-2019 academic year.
- Analyzes gender equity issues in education and the workplace and generates important reports, such as The Truth about the Gender Pay Gap and Deeper in Debt.
- Helps shape the lives of the next generation of women leaders via campus initiatives. AAUW has been hosting the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) since 1983.
- Helps to level the playing field for girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
- Advocates for policies that advance equity for women and girls, by such actions as submitting comments to executive agencies, meeting with executive branch staff and meeting with members of Congress, as well as advocating in the states.
- Supports challenges to sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. Among other things, AAUW signed on to 17 amicus briefs this past year on cases challenging laws that limit economic security, restrict access to education, and weaken civil rights protections
- Provides educational opportunities for women as one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women.
- Through StartSmart and WorkSmart, AAUW fights to close the gender pay gap, one workshop at a time. AAUW recently introduced an outline version of the Work Smart training. The online course, created with funding from the Coca-Cola Foundation, LUNA Bar, and Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle, is free training that teaches women how to articulate their value, research target salaries, and use the right language when conveying their needs and expectations.
- Provides leadership development opportunities. AAUW holds Empower events in workplace and community settings to train women in the leadership skills they need for professional growth.
In principle and in practice, AAUW and the Greater Naples Branch value and seek an inclusive membership and board of directors. Membership is open to all those holding an associate degree or equivalent, bachelors or higher degree, and to those pursuing a college degree. AAUW and the Greater Naples Branch welcome all eligible persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status, offering the camaraderie of educated, informed women and the mental stimulation of life-long learning to all. Membership is not by invitation.
Annual dues of $109 include membership in the AAUW Greater Naples Branch, AAUW Florida and the National organization, as well as subscriptions to each organization’s newsletters. $56 of your dues are tax deductible.
The Greater Naples Branch is one of the most active in Florida, with a membership of more than 100, and growing. Five Branch membership meetings, four with formal speaker presentations and Public Policy presentations were held, along with the holiday and scholarship luncheons, three talks and tours outings, showings of the film RBG, “Cocktails and Convos” gatherings, an “Unhappy Hour” event commemorating Equal Pay Day.
Our Public Policy Committee has been very busy advocating for women and girls and promoting AAUW National priorities, including multiple contacts with state elected officials, preparation of a voter’s guide, and participation in the Women’s March and MLK events;
Donations from members, their families and friends enabled our Foundation to award $14,000 in scholarships to seven deserving women in April.
Over 100 5th-Grade Girls attending Collier County Public Schools and their parent or guardian participated in our 22nd annual STEAM Girls Count Conference to encourage the girls’ interest in STEM fields and help their parent or guardian and teacher promote such interest. More than 60 Branch members and more than 40 others volunteered for the Conference. At the conclusion of the conference, each group of girls commented on their experiences. These included: “Science is fun!” “It was an amazing experience,” and “Girls can be anything they want to be!
Approximately 2000 books, purchased with donations from members and friends, were distributed to children at Golden Terrace Elementary, where 96.4% of the students are on reduced or free lunches and only 18.3% come from homes where English is the first language. Without this program, most of these children would not have books of their own in the home. This program is funded by donations to the Foundation by Branch members and their friends and is staffed by Branch member volunteers.
Additionally, through our Branch meeting programs, Talks & Tours and our special interest groups (such as book groups, Great Decisions, Movie & a Meal and Non-sequiturs) members participate in life-long learning–and have fun in the process!
The Greater Naples Branch AAUW monthly program meetings are open to all members and to the public. Branch meetings, featuring interesting speakers, will be held on Saturday mornings, October 5, November 2, January 11, February 8, and March 7. Refreshments and conversation begin at 9:30 a.m. The programs and business meetings are from 10:00 to Noon. Meetings are held at Collier County Education Association, 6710 Lone Oak Blvd, Naples (Off Airport-Pulling (East side) – between Pine Ridge and Vanderbilt Beach Roads).
Please go to the Calendar for more information about meetings, events, times and locations.
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Equity for all.
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