AAUW has had a long history of supporting programs that benefit women and girls. Our national organization maintains a Legal Advocacy Fund and was instrumental in assisting with Lily Ledbetter’s case against the Goodyear Tire Company with regard to pay inequity. The Educational Opportunities Fund provides fellowships and grants – Melissa Harris-Perry was a recipient of one of these. The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund tackles important research, such as AAUW’s groundbreaking report, Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The Leadership Programs Fund supports the development of leadership skills among college age women. And the Public Policy Fund supports the association’s government relations initiatives.
In addition to supporting our branch scholarships for women in education, a portion of our branch’s profits from the book sale go to support these important AAUW Funds. We also contribute to the national scholarship program by means of “named scholarships,” which honor members of our branch for their service.
From time to time our branch will undertake its own initiatives to support national and international efforts as a result of diversity, international, and educational programs. Recently, our branch was empowered by half the sky movement. Members chipped in to allow our branch to make a larger contribution to organizations such as Heifer International, Kiva microlending, GEMS and other non-profits that supply direct assistance to educate and provide economic opportunities for women and girls.