The mission of The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
AAUW was founded in 1881 to promote education and equity for women. Membership is open to men and women who hold a two year degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
In 1923 local college and university women sought to provide social contact for teachers within the community. As a result, the Grants Pass College Club was created. As the years passed and membership grew, campaigning to affiliate with AAUW began. Grants Pass Branch was chartered with AAUW in 1946.
Today Grants Pass Branch has over 125 members who are involved in promoting programs that empower women and girls and encourage success.
Our monthly meetings highlight a variety of speakers who focus on current issues. Members have opportunities to meet other professionals, cultivate personal potential, and develop lasting friendships. We offer a wide range of activities which enhance friendship, learning, and advocacy. Our involvement includes local, state, and national activism.
Our vibrant interest groups give members with similar interests a chance to meet regularly, share ideas, interests, and hobbies. We are committed to community involvement and are active participants in many local programs.
Girls Rock! a collaboration of AAUW, Zonta, Soroptimist, and Josephine County Commission for Children and Families. This morning of activities, food and fun fosters communication between middle-school girls (ages 9 – 13) and their parents.
Kitchen Tour, started in 2005, is our sole fundraiser. Each year this tour of local kitchens raises over $10,000 for local and national scholarships.
In 2005 Grants Pass Branch established the Grants Pass University Women Charitable Fund (GPUWCF). This nonprofit 501(c)(3) status provides people the opportunity to make tax deductible donations to support our mission related activities.
The mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. It is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners.
For over 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.
The goal of AAUW Oregon is to increase awareness of societal issues, promote advocacy, take action to empower women and girls, and connect the national AAUW with branch members. It has over 1100 members across the state.