Welcome to AAUW – Appleton Branch!
AAUW has been empowering women since 1881 nationally. Our mission is to advance equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. Our Appleton branch has shared this national mission for 108 years. While Appleton is in our name, we welcome membership from all over the Fox Cities.
AAUW-Appleton has received Five-Star Recognition from our national organization. This recognition acknowledges our efforts to engage and inform our community and state representatives on pressing issues impacting women and girls.
Our public policy prioritizes high-quality public education, economic well-being, freedom from violence and racial, ethnic and gender justice. We are active in supporting voting rights and we are dedicated to educating the public about pay equity.
We support gender equality in the STEM fields by sponsoring an annual essay contest for middle school students who are encouraged to research and write about an influential woman in STEM. We also join with AAUW-Oshkosh to put on a day long Tech Savvy 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. In 2020, we were required to put the sale on hold due to the coronavirus. We plan to offer the sale again in 2021. One half of the money earned is given to our national organization to support their needs. The remaining half of our proceeds are given to women locally as scholarships. Besides 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 being held virtually while we observe safety regulations. 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 literature 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.
Joan Moeschberger, President, AAUW-Appleton