To advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research
AAUW began in 1881 with a group of young women college graduates who founded an organization to promote women’s higher education. Since then, AAUW has been the nation’s leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls through its research, public policy, legal advocacy, international programs, fellowships, grants and awards.
AAUW conducts advocacy work at both the national and local level. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in our public policy efforts, programs, the AAUW Leadership and Training Institute, and diversity initiatives. AAUW’s various funds advance women’s causes. The AAUW Fund advances educational, research and professional opportunities for women around the world, and the Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) combats gender and workplace discrimination on campuses and in the courts.
We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.