Initiatives

2020 Vision: Marking a Momentous Year

As part of an initiative we’re calling “2020 Vision,” we invite you to reflect on all the progress we’ve made together and stand strong in the fight for a fairer future. You can share your own story about contributing to AAUW’s legacy and watch our webinar series, which highlights recent equity research, outlines our ambitious “Gender Agenda” for the year, and more.

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Five-Star National Recognition Program

The Five-Star Recognition Program acknowledges the work of AAUW states, branches and other affiliates to advance gender equity in their communities. Earn stars — and perks! — for supporting AAUW’s mission in each of five vital areas: advancement, communications, programs, public policy and research, and governance and sustainability.

Advocacy Toolkit

Throughout our 135-year history AAUW has always stood for solutions that work for all women and families — and we do not intend to stop now. AAUW’s advocacy has made women’s voices heard from the White House to Congress to the statehouse, and your voice is needed now more than ever! That’s why AAUW has compiled a set of resources to guide you in advocating for women and girls through a variety of tactics and actions.

AAUW & COVID-19: Standing Strong through Crisis

During this challenging time, AAUW stands together as a caring and connected community. For nearly 140 years, we have been there for one another and fought for the economic security of American women and families. AAUW will work tirelessly to address the persistent and underlying inequities that are crucial for a full recovery. Together, we can ensure a better, more economically secure world for women.

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Art Contest

Did you know that women comprise only 30% of the artists represented by commercial galleries, and that women working in art professions are paid almost $20,000 less per year than men? This is what motivates AAUW to host an annual member art contest. It gives our own wonderful artists the attention they deserve, while raising funds to fight for other women.

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Board Election

Each spring, AAUW members have the opportunity to vote on candidates for open seats on the organization’s board of directors, along with any proposed amendments to the AAUW bylaws. This year, voting opens April 8 and members will vote on four directors. Voting takes place online, unless a member requests a paper ballot. To vote, you will need your member ID and PIN, which have been sent to you in an email

Please direct membership inquiries to connect@aauw.org.