AAUW of Tennessee has been making our state a better place for women and girls to work and learn since 1926.
Today, women have made great strides in the workplace and in education. Despite our achievements, we are still vastly under-represented in corporate and government leadership, as well as in cutting edge fields, such as technology and science. And we experience a significant wage gap, earning only 54 to 78 cents on the dollar of men. This gap especially impacts Tennessee families since 70% of Tennessee women work.
These are central concerns of AAUW of Tennessee, a membership organization of college-educated individuals from all walks of life who share a common purpose—to make Tennessee a better place for women and girls to work and learn.
We aim to shape the public dialogue on women and girls, as well as to open doors to new educational opportunities and skills for the 21st Century work force. We do this through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
We are part of a national network that supports our work throughout Tennessee. Our national organization (170,000 members strong) is a powerful voice on women’s issues in Washington, D. C. (http://www.aauw.org/) and provides nationally recognized research and programming on education and work for women and girls.
AAUW of Tennessee unifies AAUW membership throughout the state, facilitating the work of our nine branches in Columbia, Knoxville, Martin, Maryville, McMinnville, Memphis, Murfreesboro, Nashville, and Oak Ridge.
Shaping the public dialogue
AAUW Tennessee believes that pay equity and equal opportunity are a matter of simple fairness. AAUW Tennessee leads the effort to end pay discrimination and open doors for women in the workplace. We are currently engaging our members and allies in supporting paycheck fairness legislation to improve the workplace for women.
Opening doors to new educational opportunities and skills for the 21st century work force
AAUW Tennessee supports AAUW Fellowships and Career Development Grants ($3.7 million awarded in 2014-2015) and AAUW programs that build the skills for women and girls to succeed in education and the work force, including leadership workshops and STEM camps and conferences.
What might you have in common with Eleanor Roosevelt?
Become an AAUW member as she was!
AAUW membership is open to college students and anyone with a college degree, including a two-year degree. Contact Letha Granberry, AAUW-TN Membership Vice President, for current membership incentives, or join online today.
In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.
Members from across the state convene for the AAUW-TN 2015 Leadership Summit
Why join AAUW?
Samantha Cantrell; President
“I joined AAUW in 2006 not long after I had been invited to attend a local meeting by a colleague. It was an active, engaged group of women who were doing important work at the local level, and at the national level, I learned about AAUW’s impressive track record on women’s issues. Through my volunteer work in the branch, I became progressively more involved—eventually being elected to office in the branch and later in the state. In June 2015, I attended my first national convention and was thrilled by the energy generated by so many women gathered together for a common purpose. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that works so effectively to advocate for women and has such a powerful voice.” Read more member endorsements.