2018 AAUW National Bylaws Amendment Vote

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A Message from the AAUW Board of Directors

The AAUW National Board of Directors has voted to put three proposals for bylaws amendments before the membership for a vote this spring. In the voter guide you’ll read about proposed bylaws amendments that your AAUW Board of Directors strongly supports. We believe that passing these measures will help keep AAUW vital as an organization and enable us to increase our impact in advancing equity for all women and girls. Even though our elections have traditionally fallen in convention years, since the adoption of One Member One Vote, we can join organizations that vote annually as needed on important issues to the organization.

AAUW is founded on democratic principles, and each member has the right to raise issues that may impact our bylaws. While some may inquire as to why these proposed amendments are presented now (and in the case of one, again), we always endeavor to be responsive to member concerns. There are many passionate voices on the issue of the educational membership requirement, and one reason we felt it was important to include the current proposal was to help clarify member views. But, there are a number of other reasons too. The current membership requirement is at odds with our mission to advance equity for all women and girls and our efforts at inclusion and equity. It is counterproductive to recruiting a diverse membership and attracting support from corporations and foundations who view our requirements as exclusionary.  What makes AAUW distinct is not our educational requirement for membership, but our abiding belief in ensuring every girl is empowered, and every woman can reach her full potential.

AAUW members have been on the front lines of fighting for urgent equity issues in education, access to leadership, economic security, and more throughout our 136-year history. As individual advocates and together as a national organization, the power we harness for women and girls is staggering. Help us build on our progress and our potential by making your voice heard in this election. Please exercise your right as an AAUW member and vote.

Voting is open April 25 through June 9 and we highly encourage you to vote online using your member ID and PIN (which you can find emailed to you with the digital version of Outlook magazine or on the mailing label of the print edition). A paper ballot and envelope were included in the print version of Outlook, or you can request one by calling by 800.326.2289 by May 7.

We’ve accomplished so much together, but we have work left to do. Thank you for your support and enthusiasm as AAUW looks to the future of what we can accomplish together.


Make your voice count and have a say in the future of AAUW.

In April 2018, AAUW members will be asked to vote on amendments to the AAUW Bylaws. Before voting begins you have the opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments or propose your own amendments and resolutions on this site.

Be on the lookout for your voter PIN in April and check back in June for the results.

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Learn about the issues on the ballot, and then have your say in AAUW’s future by casting your vote.

Download the Voter Guide
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Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the bylaws amendment vote.

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Participation in respectful debate is the right of every AAUW member. Make your voice heard in this debate.

Here are the key dates for AAUW’s 2018 bylaws amendment vote:

February 22, 2018 Comment period opens online for members to propose amendments to the AAUW Bylaws and propose resolutions
March 22, 2018 Proposal period closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
April 16, 2018 Opening date to request paper ballot
Mid-April 2018 Bylaws proposals and resolutions published in the spring AAUW Outlook; voter PINs emailed to members and mailed with the spring AAUW Outlook magazine to members without registered email addresses and those that have requested to receive Outlook in the mail
April 25, 2018 Voting begins online at 9 a.m. ET
May 7, 2018 Deadline for AAUW to receive request for paper ballot
May 21, 2018 Deadline for mailing paper ballot; ballot must be postmarked by 11:59 p.m. ET to be counted
June 9, 2018 Online voting ends at 9 p.m. ET
June 10, 2018 Vote results announced online

Notice of Annual Meeting

The AAUW annual meeting will be held June 10, 2018, in Washington, D.C.


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AAUW Bylaws

These rules and regulations provide a framework for AAUW’s operation and management.

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How to Foster a Bylaws Amendment Discussion at Your Branch Meeting

Host a discussion at a branch meeting to facilitate debate and an exchange of viewpoints about proposed amendments to the AAUW Bylaws.

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2017 AAUW National Election Results

The 2017 election was a great success, with 11.49 percent of our members voting — more than double the 5 percent quorum required by our bylaws.