AAUW, the American Association of University Women, began with a meeting of 17 like-minded women who had defied society’s standards by earning college degrees. What started out as the Association of Collegiate Alumnae in 1881 has grown into a powerful network of women throughout the nation who have influenced—and at times shaped—the debate over equity in education.
Since that first meeting in 1881, AAUW has been a catalyst for change. Today, with more than 100,000 members, 1,300 branches, and 500 college and university partners, AAUW contributes to a promising future and provides a powerful voice for women and girls—a voice that cannot and will not be ignored. AAUW includes both a section 501(c)(3) public charity, the primary membership organization, and the AAUW Action Fund, a smaller section 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that may engage in limited activities related to member activism and voter education.
AAUW also administers AAUW Funds—a variety of programs that fund grants, scholarships, research and programs, such as the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders— all of which advance equity for women and girls.
Makefield Area AAUW is united with branches across the state through AAUW-PA, which holds statewide convention and leadership conferences; publishes a newsletter, the Keystoner; and otherwise supports and promotes AAUW’s mission at the state level.