AAUW (formerly the American Association of University Women) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW has a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 800 college/university institutional partners and has awarded $4.3 million in fellowships and grants to support 278 women in their professional and academic careers. Since AAUW’s founding 130 years ago, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW’s commitment to educational equity is reflected in our public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships, and international connections.
Our Thousand Oaks branch, organized in 1966, works toward this mission via many ongoing committees and special projects.
AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW has providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 244 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2014–15 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.
Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide.
The Thousand Oaks Branch sells several items that raise money for AAUW Funds. Check out the items for purchase listed on the right side of your screen. For more information or donations, contact Jeanette Hosek.
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 Program 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 Government Relations Department, with input from the member leaders of the AAUW Public Policy Committee, leads AAUW’s lobbying and grassroots efforts.
Our Branch has recently completed a Title IX Compliance Report on girls in sports at our local high schools. Other pending legislation is being reviewed to see if we can ensure equity for women and girls in every aspect of their lives.
Contact Lori Kissinger to assist with Public Policy in the Thousand Oaks Branch.
The Tech Trek Committee works toward the goal of sending 10 girls who have just completed 7th grade to a one-week summer experience at UC Santa Barbara. The Camp consists of many courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) all taught by women. The girls who attended the summer Tech Trek Camp at UCSB are asked to share their experiences with the Branch and often present a slide show of the Camp. This event demonstrates the importance (and in many cases, life changing) of the Tech Trek experience for the lucky young girls who have the opportunity to attend. For more information or scholarship donations, contact Deanna Franke .
Or visit the website www.aauw-techtrek.org.
Brighter Horizons Math, Science and Technology Conference:
The Brighter Horizons Math, Science and Technology Conference takes place every two years with our last event on March 8th, 2014 at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Brighter Horizons is a Saturday morning event where students in 5th to 9th grades take part in workshops that relate to currently important technological career options. These workshops are led by local women in technology-related vocations and include hands-on activities that help to build the students’ interest in math and science. We hope to encourage the students to consider careers in technological fields.
In March 2014 students learned about space exploration missions performed by JPL, a computer that fits in your hand, the function structure and importance of the brain, how robots can mimic biological systems and much more. Seven hundred boys and girls were there.
Check out our website (below) for more info or contact Betty Nordahl.
Twenty years ago, Sandy Hindy, a former AAUW-Thousand Oaks member, had a conversation with her daughter in which it became clear her daughter believed that girls became nurses and only boys could become doctors. Determined to show her daughter that girls could become whatever they set their minds to, Sandy sat down and wrote five monologues which told the stories of five notable women. One of them was Elizabeth Blackwell, America’s first woman doctor. Sandy went on to portray the five women at her daughter’s school, one each day of the week, during Women’s History Month in March. Her daughter has gone on to become a doctor. And our Branch continues to have its members and students present monologues at area schools during Women’s History Month.
Our members have written 92 monologues to date, 45 of which have been published in 3 volumes of Profiles of Women: Past and Present (15 monologues/volume). Proceeds from the sale of these books go toward AAUW Funds.
See Shopping to the right for ordering. Contact Marianne Escaron or Donna Langley for more information.
For more information about the National or California State AAUW, check out the AAUW or AAUW-CA website.