AAUW Campus Action Projects

From Capitol Hill to corporate boardrooms and from college campuses to courtrooms, women are much less likely than men to be considered leaders in their fields. Despite impressive gains in education and the workplace throughout the past 50 years, the gender leadership gap still leaves women greatly outnumbered in top positions. The numbers are even worse for women of color.

More women are in the workforce and earning university degrees than ever before. But if the qualified women to fill leadership roles exist, why does such a stark gender gap remain? Studies show that while blatant sex discrimination is still a problem, negative stereotypes and harmful implicit bias also play a huge part in keeping qualified women out of top spots.

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How can we close the gender leadership gap?

College students, you can help end the tired gender stereotypes that hold women back from their ambitions. Show your community that gender parity is a step forward for everyone by applying for a $5,000 grant to amplify your voice and empower women leaders in your community.

Flex your creativity and inspire your community to take action through an artistic visual campaign, or bring a speaker to campus who will educate and motivate people to take action. Whatever you decide, AAUW wants to help you change your campus climate.


How the AAUW Campus Action Projects work

AAUW’s Campus Action Project (CAP) grants give students on 10–12 campuses up to $5,000 to implement creative activism projects that will empower women and/or train women leaders in spring 2017. CAP grant teams will encourage and empower their communities to put an end to the stereotypes and biases that hold back women in leadership.

Bring an AAUW Campus Action Project Grant to Your Campus

The 2016-17 CAP grant application period is now closed. Feel free to check out our AAUW LAF Campus Outreach grant for more ways to fund your campus activism.


Past AAUW Campus Action Projects

Solving the Equation, recent AAUW research on women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields
Fighting gender stereotypes and cultural biases against women of color, women in leadership, and women in science
Women’s issues in community colleges, from child care access to science and math opportunities to transferring to a university

The gender pay gap that women face just one year out of college
Sexual harassment in middle and high schools
Science, technology, engineering, and math literacy, department culture, and mentoring (2010)

Science, technology, engineering, and math literacy, department culture, and mentoring (2009)
Girls’ access to college and how to help more girls prepare for it