AAUW promotes equity for women and girls
through education, advocacy, philanthropy, and research.
PUBLIC POLICY has been a cornerstone of AAUW member involvement since its founding in 1881. Child labor and access to public education were among the first issues the early AAUW members studied and worked toward. Today’s issues include access to health care, pay equity, sexual harassment, protection of Title IX, and protecting social security benefits for women and children. AAUW resources include the Woman to Woman voter turn-out manual, Pay Equity manual, online RSS feeds, emailed Washington Update, Mission and Action and One-Minute Activist. For a more complete list and ways you can learn more about the issues and ways to affect change, check the Association website.
RESEARCH PROJECTS have put AAUW on the map starting with the 1985 study that revealed teachers were unintentionally giving preferential treatment to boys in classroom. Hostile Hallways highlighted the covert and overt ways that girls were threatened in school and the lack of resolution available to those who raised the issue. Pay inequity was highlighted in the 2007 Behind the Pay Gap projects that concluded women make less money than men with the same job description beginning in their first years after college graduation. For a more information, check the Association website.
Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment on Campus was published in 2006 with support of a $100,000 donation from the AAUW of Oregon. It stated that over one-third of college students have experienced sexual harassment. Colleges in Oregon developed written standards of behavior and dispute resolution as a result of the governor’s reaction to reported sexual misconduct on Oregon campuses.
AAUW OF OREGON promotes AAUW projects and issues through leadership training, legislative work and ongoing electronic and live communication. Our state has 28 branches: Albany, Ashland, Astoria, Baker, Beaverton, Bend, Corvallis, Curry County, Eugene-Lane, Grants Pass, Gresham, Hillsboro/Forest Grove, Klamath Falls, Lake Oswego, Lakeview, Lincoln City, Medford, Pendleton, Portland, Redmond, Roseburg, Salem, Seaside, The Dalles, Tigard, Tillamook, Wallowa County, and one satellite branch, Ontario, and one electronic, Oregon Online Branch.