This month marks the beginning of the 130th anniversary year of the American Association of University Women. Founded in 1881 as a small association of women collegiate alumni, AAUW now is a nationwide network comprised of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches and 500 college or university partners.
The mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. It accomplishes these goals by identifying and actively lobbying on behalf of public policy issues that affect women and girls; by educating the public about those issues; by offering leadership programs, fellowships and grants in support of the education of women and girls; and by maintaining its Legal Advocacy Fund to support litigation by women whose equal rights in education and the marketplace have been violated.
The Durango Chapter of AAUW pursues its mission locally by, among other things, endowing two scholarships at Fort Lewis College that support the education of female students. As FLC President Dene Kay Thomas told us at our fall meeting, it is important for women who have received a helping hand in completing their education to pass it on to the next generation.
The local chapter of AAUW would like to take this opportunity to share our pride in the accomplishments of this important organization with the community and to invite interested women to join us in this important work. Follow us on Facebook at AAUW Durango.
Katherine Burgess, membership chairwoman, AAUW Durango