AAUW : Empowering Women Since 1881

Equity Now

Together, we can achieve a vision of equal opportunity for all
Laura Laster, AAUW 2018-19, Career Development Grant

AAUW Celebrates Pride Month 

AAUW champions the right of all people to freely define themselves and their families. Those who identify as LGBTQ+ are entitled to freedom from discrimination in schools and the workplace and are entitled to a guarantee of spousal/partner benefits and the ability to serve one’s country in uniform, among others. This Pride Month we’re proud to highlight AAUW alumnae who are working to lift up the voices and stories of LGBTQ+ people and to advance equal rights and opportunity all.

Urge your Senator to support the Equality Act
Mecca Sullivan (AF 2016-17)

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Ph.D. is the award-winning author of "Big Girl" and "The Poetics of Difference." She's an Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University, widely recognized for her contributions to queer feminist forms in literature.

LeiLani Dowell (AF 2018-19)

Leilani is a queer Black femme activist, scholar, and former US Congressional candidate. Her work focuses on youth programs, student advocacy, and critical research into queer Black women's experiences with carcerality.

Michelle O’Brian (AF 2017-18)

Michelle O'Brien is a sociologist, psychotherapist, and passionate advocate for LGBTQ social movements. She's published extensively, explored NYC's LGBTQ organizing, and contributed to HIV/AIDS and housing justice efforts.

S.M. Rodriguez

SM Rodriguez is a scholar-activist focused on anti-violence and transformation. Their work explores queer, disabled, and criminalized people of African descent. They're an assistant professor at LSE and the author of "The Economies of Queer Inclusion."

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2021-22 American Fellow Ola Galal
Fellowship & Grants

Congrats to AAUW’s 2023-24 Fellows & Grantees!

AAUW is excited to announce $6.3 million in funding to nearly 285 awardees. These exceptional recipients will pursue academic work and lead innovative projects to empower women and girls. All applicants will be notified by email on April 17.

Questions about your application status? Please email aauw@applyists.com.

High School girls using screw driver
STEMEd For Girls

STEMEd For Girls workshops are back!

STEMEd for Girls is a FREE exciting program created for high school girls —with a particular focus on girls of color—and the people who support them. Whether you are just starting to explore an interest in science, technology, engineering, or math, or you have already decided to major in STEM in college, this program will help you prepare for the journey from 9th grade to 12th grade.


NCCWSL 2023 is happening May 31 - June 3

We’re thrilled to welcome hundreds of future leaders to the 2023 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL)! We’re back live and in person this year from May 31 – June 3, 2023, at the University of Maryland, College Park with an amazing lineup of inspiring speakers, workshops, panels, and more!

Registration is now closed for NCCWSL 2023.

Photo by Gayatri Malhotra for Unsplash

Rallying for Reproductive Rights

AAUW strongly condemns the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. AAUW believes everyone has the right to make decisions about their own reproductive lives without government interference. Abortion access is vital to women’s ability to control their lives, bodies and futures. Without reproductive freedom, there can be no equity.

Recent Webinars

Join AAUW in conversation with national staff and outside experts to bring you engaging programming on the issues most important to you. Check out recordings from recent webinars and look out for news of upcoming online events!

Recent Webinar

Gloria L. Blackwell in Conversation with Karen Cook-Bell

Tune into AAUW webinar with Karen Cook-Bell as we discuss her current book, “Running from Bondage: Enslaved Women and Their Remarkable Fight for Freedom in Revolutionary America.” Shop Book

Our Priority Issues

Take Action

Members of AAUW’s Action Network receive urgent email notices and text messages when their advocacy is needed most. With our online Two-Minute Activist tool, it takes just minutes and an internet connection to make your voice heard on issues impacting women and girls!