American Association of University Women Inc.

Empowering women since 1881

aka AAUW   |   Washington,, DC   |


AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

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Gloria Blackwell

Main address

1310 L St NW Suite 1000

Washington,, DC 20005 USA

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Formerly known as

AAUW Leadership and Training Institute

AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund

AAUW Educational Foundation



NTEE code info

Women's Rights (R24)

Leadership Development (W70)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation's leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. AAUW's mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. A lack of gender equity creates numerous societal repercussions, such as gender discrimination, disparate educational and professional opportunities, and an absence of legal protections that negatively impact women and girls in their everyday lives. AAUW is at the forefront of the movement for women and girls in leadership development, economic empowerment and education and training. Through hands-on educational programming, generous endowed fellowships and grants, innovative research, and meaningful advocacy, we have expanded opportunities for women since 1881--from Nobel awardee Marie Curie to astronauts Judith Resnik and Mae Jemison—unleashing their potential and advancing opportunities for all women and girls.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


AAUW has set an ambitious goal to close the gender pay gap by 2030. In order to achieve this, AAUW uses a three-pronged approach. It works on legislative action around pay equity, works with employers to change practices in the workplace and finally, conducts critical programming to empower women--AAUW’s Work Smart, Start Smart, and Empower programs. AAUW Work Smart workshops are designed for women who are already in the workforce at any career level and helps them negotiate for a new job, benefits, raise, and promotion. Additionally, an online course, AAUW Work Smart Online, was unveiled in October 2018. Work Smart Online is a free, digital course that allows women to learn how to negotiate their salaries and benefits anywhere, anytime. The online training can be found at AAUW Start Smart consists of in-person workshops designed for college women who are approaching the job market and focuses on helping them negotiate for a new job and is implemented in college campuses across the country. AAUW Empower is a series of professional development and networking workshops designed to meet the goal of propelling more women into top roles across organizations and industries. Participants learn critical skills to advance their careers—including how to negotiate their salaries, build confidence, tackle implicit biases, and intentionally focus on their career trajectory

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Since AAUW’s founding, our members and supporters have spoken out about policies important to women and girls. AAUW’s policy work connects and rallies advocates at the local, state, national, and global levels to advance our work to empower women and girls. With the member-endorsed Public Policy Priorities as our guide, AAUW uses lobbying and grassroots efforts to push forward policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women. The AAUW Public Policy and Research Department, with input from the member leaders of the AAUW Public Policy Committee, leads AAUW’s lobbying and grassroots efforts. However, AAUW member advocates across the country who give their time, energy, and voice to AAUW issues deserve the credit for truly advancing equity for women and girls.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

AAUW conducts groundbreaking research on issues related to gender equity in education and the workplace. Our work influences the national discussion on topics like the pay gap between women and men, sexual harassment in schools and on college campuses, and the underrepresentation of women in science and engineering. Through new and traditional media, targeted outreach to policymakers, and member efforts, AAUW research serves as a catalyst for action.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

The Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. Our resources range from community outreach programs to backing of major cases.
Sex discrimination today takes a variety of forms: unfair pay, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 can affect both women and men. LAF addresses these barriers by informing people of their rights and using the legal system to seek justice and change.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

AAUW is a leader in advancing educational, professional, and economic opportunities for women nationally and globally providing more than $3.5 million annually in fellowships and grants. For more than a century, AAUW has been one of the world's premier sources of funding for women pursing advanced degrees, programs fostering girls' achievements and gender equity, and women entering nontraditional fields. AAUW fellowships and grants are awarded through five programs: American Fellowships, Selected Professions Fellowships, International Fellowships, Career Development Grants, and Community Action Grants.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is bold―to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. We are not satisfied to simply document and discuss the inequities women and girls face. AAUW aims to achieve equity through practical solutions in education, workplaces, and communities. AAUW has established a legacy over 138 years as a catalyst for positive change, from boosting women’s access to higher education to shaping public policy, to producing groundbreaking research on gender equity. Through a multi-pronged strategy of educational programming, innovative research, and transformative advocacy, AAUW is committed to affecting systemic change for women.

AAUW is committed to creating a sustainable economic future for women in the U.S. and has set a goal to end the gender pay gap by 2030. AAUW also is intent on closing the leadership gap for women that prevents millions of women from attaining their full earnings potential.

In keeping with our mission to advance gender equity for all women and girls, AAUW's strategic plan is focused on four macro areas of work: Education & Training, Economic Security, Leadership, and Governance & Sustainability. Three of these focal areas are mission-based, and on— Governance and Sustainability—is foundational in our ability to run the organization with best practices, innovation, and strengthened fiscal sustainability. Keeping our mission forefront will ensure we have properly addressed the policy and advocacy work, the programs to develop and scale, and the operating model needed to ensure real impact. For example, for the Economic Security area, AAUW has set a goal to achieve pay equity by 2030. We will accomplish this by working with partners in three essential areas: training 10 million women across the nation in salary negotiation, working with employers to improve workplace practices, and working at the municipal, state and national levels to champion pay equity legislation.

AAUW has the network, the skills, and the people―more than 170,000 members and supporters, as well our AAUW Fellows alumni―to achieve our mission. With 1,000 branches doing advocacy and programmatic work across the country, AAUW is a force for advancing equity for women and girls. Every strategy and every tactic reflects the direction, leadership, and participation of our members―dedicated women and men who are determined to fight for gender equity.

AAUW has launched 10 major city and state equal-pay initiatives in New York City, Boston, Tempe, Long Beach, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Kansas/Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Montana, with more to come.

We have 800 college and university partners across the country—and at 150 Start Smart college campuses (including HBCU’s and STEM universities), AAUW Start Smart Workshops offer college women approaching the job market the competitive edge they need to negotiate salaries and benefits for their first job. Women come away from the workshops knowing how to determine their market worth based on their skills, experience, performance, qualifications and responsibilities on the job and having the tools and business strategies they need to successfully negotiate for fair pay for the rest of their careers.

• Empowering economic equity for women by launching our free, salary negotiation training e-tool, Work Smart Online——that can be taken in an hour by anyone, anywhere. This tool is instrumental in our efforts to train 10 million women in salary negotiation by 2022 and close the pay gap by 2030. The e-tool has been recognized with a Gold award in Human Capital Management Citizenship from the Brandon Hall Group for being "on the forefront of social change and...positively impacting our world."
• In 2019, AAUW trained 102,700 people in salary negotiation via Work Smart Online and our in-person Work Smart, Start Smart, and Empower negotiation training and leadership development workshops.
• 72% of participants completing Work Smart Online report higher levels of confidence in salary negotiation upon completing the course. 98% of Work Smart, Start Smart, and Empower in-person workshop participants report finding the information useful and relevant, with 60% putting the skills they learned into practice.
• 11 states passed fair-pay laws in 2019 thanks to the advocacy of AAUW members across the US. This is a significant uptick from 2015-2018, when 6 states passed laws each year.
• AAUW has produced ground-breaking research on gender equity issues in education and the workplace. Our research matters in the lives of women and girls—elevating public discourse on topics such as the pay gap between women and men, the experience of women in higher ed, and the lack of women in STEM fields. Our nationally recognized research products like Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing, The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap and Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, are catalysts for action that provide real-world recommendations to move society forward on these critical issues.
• With AAUW leading the Equal Pay Coalition and advocacy efforts, 20 states and Puerto Rico have updated equal pay laws in the past 5 years and the Paycheck Fairness Act passed the U.S. House in 2019. A further 43 states introduced new pay equity bills, with AL passing their first ever equal pay law. AAUW has also worked with city and state leaders to ban the use of salary history in hiring, a practice that puts women at a significant financial disadvantage due to prior discrimination. Governors signed executive orders prohibiting the practice in PA and NJ, and legislators enacted laws in Louisville, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, and more. AAUW advocacy remains focused on fighting threats to Title IX protections, as well.
• AAUW reached an audience of 14 million in over 1,200 media articles in 2019, including NPR, The New York Times, Good Morning America, Time, and more.
• 2019’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders was the 4th largest in the conference’s 34-year history with 800 attendees.
• In the '19–'20 academic year, AAUW is awarding $4 mil in fellowships and grants to 259 women and community projects.


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American Association of University Women Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Julia Brown

Julia Brown

Malinda Gaul

Peggy Cabaniss

Elizabeth Haynes

Jenna Kirkpatrick Howard

Karen Kirkwood

Cheryl Sorokin

Mary Zupanc, M.D.

Kimberly S Adams, Ph.D.

Joseph Bertolino, Ed.D.

Lisette Garcia, Ph.D.

Jeanie Sell Latz

Edwina Frances Martin

Eileen Menton

Shaila Rao Mistry

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/4/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/04/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.