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:
Novato branch contributes annually to the Education, Leadership and Public Policy Funds all funds under the umbrella of AAUW Funds) In the past, 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 development 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 discrimination 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
-- Currently supports plaintiffs seeking redress for sexual assault in the Military.
At the local level:
Since 1987, our very own Project Recognition program has honored approximately 70 Novato middle-school and high-school girls (and a handful of boys) with $100 awards.
Since 1998, we’ve sent approximately 60 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 $1000. In 2014, four girls attended Tech Trek at Stanford, thanks to Novato AAUW.