Welcome to the Durango Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners. Since its first meeting in 1881, AAUW has been a catalyst for change. When more than a century ago a Harvard physician claimed that higher education jeopardized women’s health, AAUW conducted research that proved he was wrong. When the number of female college students grew, AAUW funded fellowships to support them. When girls and boys were treated differently in school, AAUW research put gender bias on the national agenda. When women receive less pay than their male colleagues for the same job, AAUW continues researching, educating, and advocating for equity.
Membership in AAUW is open to all women who have completed a degree program in an institution of higher education. The Durango Branch offers members the opportunity to participate in club activities during the year including various interest groups and the annual Book and Author Luncheon in the spring. We currently offer two scholarships to women students at Fort Lewis College and are in the process of collecting money to endow a third scholarship. In addition, through affiiliation with the National Organization of AAUW, our members are kept abreast of events related to women’s issues are are invited to advocate on behalf of women and girls.