AAUW Campus Action Projects

AAUW’s Campus Action Project (CAP) grants give students on 10–12 campuses up to $5,000 to implement creative activism projects that empower women and girls during the spring semester. The topics that CAP teams address change annually. Inspired by AAUW’s research report Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, 2016–17 CAP teams made up of students, faculty, and staff will join forces to combat the gender leadership gap in their communities.

Previous CAP teams have promoted AAUW’s mission through artistic visual campaigns, mentorship programs, and engaging on-campus speakers. Whatever way you decide to close the gender leadership gap, AAUW wants to help you promote women’s leadership and change your campus climate.


Congratulations to Our 2016–17 AAUW Campus Action Project Grantees

California University of Pennsylvania
California, Pennsylvania

University of Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

Cosumnes River College
Sacramento, California

Navajo Technical University
Crownpoint, New Mexico

Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina


What Is the Gender Leadership Gap?

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 there are qualified women to fill these leadership roles, why does such a stark gender leadership gap remain? Studies show that while blatant sex discrimination is still a problem, negative stereotypes and harmful implicit bias are pervasive and also play a huge part in keeping qualified women out of top spots.


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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

Women in engineering and technology

The gender pay gap that women face just one year out of college

Science, technology, engineering, and math literacy, department culture, and mentoring (2009)

Gender stereotypes and cultural biases against women of color, women in leadership, and women in science

Sexual harassment in middle and high schools

Girls’ access to college and how to help more girls prepare for it

Women at community colleges, from child care access to science and math opportunities to transferring to a university

Science, technology, engineering, and math literacy, department culture, and mentoring (2010)