About Us


Since 1926 AAUW Tennessee has worked with AAUW branches across the state in efforts to achieve equity for women and girls. AAUW Tennessee embraces the mission, value promise, and vision of our founding organization. We are proud of AAUW’s longstanding and successful history.


National Mission: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Value Promise: By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Our Vision: AAUW will be a powerful advocate and visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls.

History: Since 1881, AAUW (American Association of University Women) has been the nation’s leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls.  We have a nationwide network of over 170,000 members, 1,000 branches and nearly 900 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.

  • Public Policy Advocacy
  • Community Programs
  • Conventions and Conferences
  • Scholarships
  • Voter Education Campaign
  • Leadership Development
  • Diversity Initiatives
  • International Connections


AAUW Tennessee was founded in 1926 to further AAUW purposes and policies and to promote, encourage, and coordinate the work of the branches within the state. The state serves its branches and members in a number of ways. (NOTE: This link is for the full document to facilitate printing and sharing with all branches and members.)

Branch Networking—There are nine AAUW Branches in the state of Tennessee. AAUW Tennessee works to keep branches connected through the following:

State Convention State Newsletter Publications Facebook
Summer Leadership Summit State Web Site Twitter

Branch Assistance—The state provides support for branches in the following ways:

  • Assistance with Bylaws Revision—The state Bylaws Chair alerts branch presidents when bylaws revisions are needed and assists branches with meeting national requirements for bylaws.
  • Assistance with Membership—The state Membership Chair is available to help branches with new membership recruitment and membership retention.
  • Assistance with Mission-based Programming—The state leadership encourages branches to focus on the mission of AAUW through branch programming.
  • Assistance with Social Media—The state Communications Committee works with branches to provide webinars and tip sheets on how best to use social media.

Leadership Training and Opportunities—The state has twelve leadership roles to fill each year and invites branch members to run for elected offices and to apply for appointed offices, giving members the opportunity to build on their leadership skills. Also the annual AAUW-TN Summer Leadership Summit gives essential leadership training. Every other year, the state provides funds for two state leaders to attend the national convention where they prepare for their state leadership roles.

Public Policy Resource—The state Public Policy Program focuses on issues, such as equal pay for equal work, important to all AAUW members in the state. The state Public Policy Committee invites and assists branches in planning advocacy activities and events and provides branches with materials to support those activities and events, such as the Tennessee Voter Registration Guide and position papers on public policy issues. The state Public Policy Committee also offers branch members opportunities to participate in public policy initiatives through the following:

  • Responses to Action Alerts
  • Group meetings with state legislators
  • Grants to branches for public policy work

AAUW-TN NCCWSL Scholarships—The state invites branches to nominate college students for AAUW-TN Scholarships to attend the annual National Conference for College Women Leaders. The scholarship covers the student’s conference fee and is supported by the state’s NCCWSL fund raising activities.

Communication with AAUW Members-at-Large in Tennessee— The state also encourages National Members in Tennessee to support AAUW’s mission by staying in communication with them. MALs receive state newsletters, invitations to state meetings, and most other notices that branch members receive. Many of our state national members were previously members of branches that are now disbanded or live in areas where there is not a branch.

The state organization supports the work of its branches and recognizes that a strong AAUW presence in Tennessee depends on the communication, collaboration, and coordination between branch and state. The state leadership values branch representation on the state board of directors where as members of the Advisory Committee, branch representatives have an important role in determining the goals and programs of the state.

This link is for the full document to facilitate printing and sharing with all branches and members.

Continuing the AAUW legacy in Tennessee…

  • Remove the barriers that block women from full equality.
  • Provide programs to enhance skills and the ability to make significant contributions to society.
  • Inform the public regarding women’s issues by publications, workshops, public meetings, and other supportive activities.
  • Lobby state and national legislators on issues important to women and to improve women’s economic welfare.
  • Advance women’s and girls’ equal access to education by championing increased funding for public education, working to eliminate harassment and bullying in schools, and ensuring that women and girls are not left behind in the increasingly important fields of math, science, and technology.
  • Provide the opportunity to join others in active pursuit of women’s equity — but also to take time to enjoy each other’s company.
  • Give financial aid through the Legal Advocacy Fund to women looking for judicial redress for sexual discrimination.
  • Promote gender equality in the classroom.
  • Educate school girls by providing programs for frank discussion of gender issues and provide opportunities through such programs as Sister-to-Sister and Shades.
  • Support women scholars and fund research into women’s status in schools and the workplace.
  • Provide fellowships to deserving women for graduate study.
  • Train the next generation of women leaders through funding support for selected Tennessee college students to attend the AAUW National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.