President’s Page

Hello from AAUW – Appleton Branch!

AAUW has been empowering women nationally since 1881. Our mission is to advance equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. Our Appleton branch has shared this national mission for 109 years. While Appleton is in our name, we welcome membership from all over the Fox Cities.

Our public policy prioritizes high-quality public education, freedom from violence and diversity,
equity and inclusion. We are active in supporting voting rights and are dedicated to educating
the public about pay equity.

We support the national goal of gender equality in the STEM fields with our annual Tech Savvy
Day in March. We team with AAUW-Oshkosh to put on this day-long conference for girls in
grades 6-9 and their parents. The participants take part in hands-on activities provided by
women role models who share their STEM careers. Confidence building sessions and long
range planning advice are also shared during this experience.

Our branch has famously offered a used book sale each year. One half of the money earned
from the sale is given to our national organization to support national efforts to meet mission
goals. The remaining half of our proceeds are given to women locally as scholarships. In
addition to fund raising, our book sale promotes life-long learning and literacy in our community.

Our branch offers monthly programs (September-May) that are informative, educational and
encourage life-long learning. These meetings are held at various locations when possible,
virtually when necessary, and on different days/times throughout the year. The meetings are
also when we hold our branch business meetings and have a chance to socialize as a
membership. For a list of our programs, look under the Programs section of this website.

Our branch members also develop friendships through a variety of interest groups. From
several book groups to art classes to bridge and mahjong, our members connect and enjoy
being part of an engaged and active organization.

You can learn more about AAUW National at aauw.org and more about our branch by
examining this website. You are also welcome to visit our AAUW-Appleton Facebook page.

Christine Taylor, President, AAUW-Appleton