2018 AAUW National Bylaws Amendment Vote

Logo treatment 2018 AAUW National Bylaws Amendment VoteA Statement 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. The board strongly supports the proposed amendments that we believe will help keep AAUW vital as an organization and enable us to increase our impact in advancing equity for women and girls.

The proposed amendments address creating three-year staggered board terms, opening board service to those outside of the AAUW membership, and eliminating the degree requirement for membership. While rationale and details for each proposed amendment can be found on the AAUW website, the overarching motivation for these changes at this time is to uphold and advance AAUW’s mission and ensure optimal execution at the national board level.

The first two proposals would bring AAUW’s board governance structure more in line with nationally accepted nonprofit best practices and the needs of the organization. The third proposal — to eliminate the degree requirement for membership — has come before the membership for vote a number of times. The board feels strongly that while the degree requirement made perfect sense at AAUW’s inception, this requirement is now perceived by many as counter to our mission and limits our ability to build the capacity needed to increase our impact as an organization.

The board recognizes that we have not traditionally put proposals up for vote outside our AAUW National Election, but these proposed changes have been under consideration for several years by both the Governance Committee and the board, and we believe it is important to move forward without delay to position the organization for greater growth.

Members can comment on the proposed amendments and submit their own proposals from February 22, 2018, through March 22, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Voting will open on April 25, 2018, and close June 9, 2018, at 9 p.m. ET.

We encourage you all to engage in respectful debate that has always been a hallmark of the AAUW community, exercise your vote, and encourage fellow members to do the same.


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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Participation in respectful debate is the right of every AAUW member. Comment on bylaws amendments to make your voice heard in this debate.

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AAUW National Election 2017

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.

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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
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



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