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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. (https://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.

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Educating about the Pay Gap on Equal Pay Day

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 Ayne Cantrell, Membership Chair, 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 across the state and AAUW CEO Kim Churches met for the 2018 Convention.
Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland is holding a proclamation applauding AAUW for advancing equity for women in Murfreesboro.

Why join AAUW?
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