AAUW Is Charting the Course. Why Now?
The story of women’s progress toward equality in this country is a remarkable one, and AAUW has played an important role in nearly every chapter. We’ve worked hard to open more opportunities than ever to women and girls, and we have made significant advances. But we’re not done yet.
There are still formidable challenges to tackle. In our economy, women are still paid, on average, just 79 cents for every dollar men are paid. In Congress, only one-fifth of our leaders are women. In business, women make up just 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. In short, we have a lot of work to do.
Our two-year Charting the Course campaign aims to raise $1 million in unrestricted funds to ensure that AAUW is well prepared to meet the issues facing us today and into the future. These unrestricted funds will be used wherever the need is greatest, empowering women in our communities, schools, workplaces, and positions of leadership.
Promote gender parity in leadership positions.
AAUW’s programs are giving women leaders of tomorrow the experiences today that will propel them to success. The demand for these programs is tremendous: In 2015, nearly 1,000 students attended our National Conference for College Women Student Leaders and 50 college campuses in 30 states (plus Washington, D.C., and Jamaica) now offer Elect Her–Campus Women Win programs, which expand the pipeline of women running for office. These programs show young women the value, power, and necessity of their leadership.
Close the gender pay gap.
With our groundbreaking research to direct our strategies, AAUW has been demystifying the causes and consequences of wage disparity and providing proven tactics to close the gender pay gap. Community-based programs like Start Smart and Work Smart teach women how to negotiate fair salaries and benefits. We also advocate vigorously, both nationally and locally, for laws that protect and enforce fair pay.
Overcome barriers to women’s participation in STEM careers.
More than 12,000 middle school girls from 35 states participated in AAUW’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs last year, and our Tech Trek camps and Tech Savvy conferences continue to grow, proving that girls are indeed interested and successful in STEM fields. We are dedicated to changing the face of the STEM workforce for the next generation!
What role do you play?
The next phase of women’s achievement calls for a bold and ambitious plan — and we have one. We must bring AAUW’s strong, effective national programs to more women and girls across the country. Your support will get us there.
We cannot know what tomorrow’s most urgent challenges for women will be. But we do know that, standing together, AAUW members will be ready to meet them.