AAUW promotes equity for all women and girls, life-long education, and positive social change.

When a Harvard physician claimed, more than a century ago, that higher education jeopardized women’s health, AAUW conducted research that proved he was wrong. In the early 1900′s, when the number of female college students grew, AAUW funded fellowships to support them. When girls and boys were treated differently in school in the 1990′s, AAUW research put gender bias on the national agenda.

Since its first meeting in 1881, AAUW has been a catalyst for change. Today, with more than 170,000 members and supporters in 1,000 branches, AAUW contributes to a more promising future and provides a powerful voice for women and girls.