Salem Branch has been recognized for leadership, member outreach, public policy, using technology, local projects, and contributions to the AAUW Funds that are awarded as scholarships, fellowships, and for projects that engage girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Founded in 1881, AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
The AAUW Funds, one of the largest source of funds for graduate students in the U.S. and abroad, awarded over $3 million in 2011-12. www.aauw.org
The Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination. OSU softball coach, Vicki Dugan, was a plaintiff supported by Oregon AAUW in 1994. Lillly Ledbetter, whose name is attached to pay equity reform in Congress, was supported by LAF in her lawsuit against Goodyear Tire and Rubber.
AAUW 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. www.aauw.org/who-we-are/
Expanding Your Horizons ™ (EYH) is a conference for young women in 6th, 7th and 8th grade to learn about career opportunities in math and science. Science and math careers are fun, exciting, and rewarding, and so is EYH! Conference participants conduct lab experiments, examine microscopic creatures, and solve mysteries using evidence. EYH celebrates its 25th year in the Salem-Keizer area. Thousands of girls have participated locally and nationwide. Each girl attends three hands-on workshops led by professional female role models who use math and science in their jobs on a daily basis. Conference participants are assisted on the Willamette University campus by members of the High School Girls Planning Committee and the adult EYH/AAUW Committee.