LEADERSHIP, CHALLENGES TO WOMEN’S RIGHTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND MORE
As members of AAUW, our dues support the AAUW Fund, which has over 20 elements. A few of the programs of the Fund are:
The AAUW Leadership Programs Fund which supports:
The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, held annually at the University of Maryland. Learn about the conference, and how you can make additional tax-deductible contributions to support future attendees – who well may be future leaders throughout our society. Several videos are available which show the program well.
The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund, (LAF) which works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace through grants in support of plaintiffs in specific cases, provides a legal referral network for such cases, provides campus outreach programs to inform young women about strategies to be prepared for workplace issues, etc. AAUW continues to support Californian Aileen Rizo in her pay equity case which reached the Supreme Court and was sent back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a technicality – the judge who wrote the decision supporting her case died before the decision was issued.
AAUW recently signed onto an Amicus Brief regarding employer-sponsored health insurance coverage of contraceptive needs – suing the President of the United States.
The LAF also has adopted three cases that have the potential to change the legal landscape for women and girls:
- Portz v St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State College and University Systems regarding Title IX.
- Spencer v. Virginia State University regarding workplace discrimination.
- Robb v Lock Haven regarding Title IX.
AAUW publishes ground-breaking research. A variety of issues have been addressed through AAUW’s research including pay equity and sexual harassment, STEM education, and more. The latest research focuses on women in leadership positions in the non-profit sector.
AAUW’s portfolio of programs began with support of fellowships and grants. AAUW is providing more than $3.9 million in funding for 250 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2018-19 academic year. Besides supporting the funds with our donations or fundraising efforts, AAUW members can serve on the panels to select those who will be awarded funds.
AAUW actively advocates on women’s issues on Capitol Hill. Our advocacy staff is supported by a small part of our National dues ($3.00 each) and by donations to the AAUW Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) educational fund (not tax-deductible).
Additionally, our branch supports our affiliated non-profit fund, the LPD AAUW Local Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to students embarking on their third or fourth year of college. Members of the branch are involved with all aspects of this scholarship program.
Finally, our branch has a committee that works hard to send 7th grade girls to a Tech Trek Camp at Stanford University annually. Funds are handled by the AAUW CA Special Projects Fund, another 510(c)(3) non-profit. Branch members promote the program in local schools, select scholarship recipients, and raise funds to support our campers.