Since 1881, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has positioned itself as an advocate for women’s issues. They are dedicated to advancing equity, education, philanthropy, and research for women and girls. AAUW speaks to women’s needs, aspirations, and concerns across all ages. The organization has been a prominent voice in issues such as equal pay, countering sex discrimination in the workplace, and equal education opportunities for women and girls in STEM. Through the publication of statistics and studies on college educated women, the AAUW continues to influence public policy and legislation at the local, state, and national levels.
As one of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for women who have graduated from college, AAUW has provided millions in funding for individual women and nonprofit organizations. AAUW sponsors grassroots and advocacy efforts, research, and Campus Action Projects alongside other educational programs. In addition, AAUW hosts a student leadership conference designed to help women college students access the resources, skills, and networks they need to lead change on campuses and in communities nationwide.
There are more than 1,000 AAUW branches across the U.S. and more than 800 AAUW college/university members. As part of AAUW, the University of Notre Dame belongs to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.
Each year, AAUW awards Campus Action Project Grant (AAUW-CAP) to 10–12 campus teams that allow students to take action on women’s issues on campus. The Women Leaders in STEM Program has received this award for 2017-2018 to promote and empower women leaders in our community.