President’s Page

Welcome to AAUW-Appleton!

For 105 years, our local branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) has flourished in the Fox Valley. While Appleton is our name, we serve a thriving membership all over the Greater Fox Cities. Our members come from up north in Shawano to Neenah & Menasha in the south, from Sherwood and Kaukauna to the east over to Iola and Clintonville in the west.

AAUW advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. Locally, we continue to advocate for and support a system of strong, equitable, financially sound public education for Wisconsin students. We are active in supporting voting rights and getting out the vote. We continue efforts towards achieving pay equity for women by educating the public about pay equity issues on Equal Pay Day.

We support gender equity in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). We sponsor an annual essay contest for middle school students who write about an influential woman in STEM. For the last four years, we, along with AAUW-Oshkosh, have put on a one-day Tech Savvy conference for girls in grades 6-9 and their parents. The girls experience exciting workshops provided by women role models sharing their STEM careers. They also learn Girl Savvy and College Savvy skills to aid in planning their high school and college future. Our plans are already under way for Tech Savvy 2019.

For 82 years our branch has put on a used book sale to raise money to provide scholarships for women. Half of the money each year goes to support national & international fellowships and research & project grants. We are proud to announce that last year we completed our AAUW Appleton Centennial Research & Project Grant and it is now income-producing. The other half of the money is given as scholarships to local women finishing their baccalaureate degrees or pursuing graduate degree programs. We give two scholarships to women finishing their Associates degrees at Fox Valley Technical College. We also have instituted a Founders Scholarship to be given to a Lawrence University woman student who is a member of our AAUW affiliate organization on campus. Besides raising scholarship money, our book sale promotes life-long learning & literacy in our communities as well as recycling books and other materials.

And with our commitment to life-long learning, we offer timely and often thought-provoking monthly programs that touch on current issues affecting us in Northeast Wisconsin. We also offer a wide range of interest groups for our members to enjoy and get to know each other in a smaller group setting.

We’d love to have you join us. Membership is open to anyone holding an associate, bachelor, or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Check out our membership information on our Join page.

Becky O’Connor, President, AAUW-Appleton