The Novato, California, Branch
of the American Association of University Women
Our Mission Statement:
The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
AAUW-Novato supports the goals of the national organization and works at the local level to increase opportunities for women and girls. The Branch seeks to provide a varied program that is of interest both to the members and to the community, while supporting our advocacy for education and equity.
Some brief statistics:
We support the National Education Foundation:
During the past 10-year period the Novato branch has donated more than $20,000 to EF. Prior to that we completed our own endowment called the Novato Branch Research and Projects grant, raising a total of $35,704. This endowment continues to award fellowships and grants for women working towards post-graduate degrees or on research or develop- ment projects. We have honored 60 members as “named gift honorees” in that period.
And the Legal Advocacy Fund, which:
-- Began in 1981 as a 2-year pilot program of AAUW to address gender discrimi-nation in higher education
-- Supported its first case in 1992
-- Supported its 100th case in 2005, providing over $1.3 million in funding for its plaintiffs
-- In 2008, made the decision to expand LAF case support to the wider workplace and to focus on strategic cases with precedent-setting potential.
At the local level:
Since 1987, our very own Project Recognition program has honored approximately 60 Novato middle-school and high-school girls (and a handful of boys) with $100 awards.
Since 1998, we’ve sent approximately 30 girls to Tech Trek math and science camp on the Stanford University campus. The cost of a single scholarship has risen over the years from $350 to $850. In 2012, four girls will be attending Tech Trek at Stanford, thanks to Novato AAUW.