AAUW History

Founded in 1881 by sixty-five alumnae of eight colleges, the American Association of University Women was envisioned as a network of women dedicated to opening the doors of higher education to women, and to uniting “alumnae of different institutions for practical educational work.”

AAUW is the largest and oldest national organization working for the advancement of women and education.  The national membership consists of a network of over 1,800 branches with over 143,000 educated women who are using their education in the service of women and society.

AAUW – Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin was one of the original eight institutions whose graduates were eligible for full membership in the “Association of Collegiate Alumnae,” now known as AAUW.  The State AAUW organization started in 1921 with nine branches.  Today, there are approximately 3,900 members in 49 branches.

Janesville Branch

The Janesville Branch of AAUW, chartered in 1923, usually holds its meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month, September through May, at the Woman’s Club, 108 South Jackson Street.  The monthly branch meetings consist of a brief business meeting and a program focusing on an issue of concern to AAUW members.  Prospective members are welcomed as guests at branch meetings and several meetings during the year are open to the public.

Additionally, the branch organizes special interest groups for its members to provide an opportunity for members to interact and learn.  Our Book Club Group and Diversity Action Team group have been particularly popular.

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