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I do have a degree, but I was 36 when I first got it after going back to school after a long hiatus. I didn’t know about AAUW earlier in my life, but if I had it would’ve been an … Continue reading

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Just stop it!

Yes, the discussions are starting about an amendment to national bylaws to drop the degree requirement for membership. There’s one discussion, though, that’d I’d like to nip in the bud, namely: If we drop the degree requirement, we’ll have to … Continue reading

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The strength of AAUW is its mission, not the background of individual members. When ALL who share the mission work together, we will be a better organization. The time for focusing on the individual letters in our name is long … Continue reading

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Show your support!

Join Marsha Miller and take a picture of yourself with this sign showing your support for open membership. Download the sign here If you wish, upload the picture and post a link in a comment. You may also email the … Continue reading

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We must practice what we preach about diversity and inclusiveness, and provide a place where girls and women seeking to further their education can find role models and mentors. -Marti Sladek, AAUW Downers Grove (IL) May 23, 2015

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I understand and greatly appreciate the reasons why the 1881 founders and their descendants stuck to the degree requirement. As a 30-year member, I had no problem with it when I joined. As a member in 2015, the degree requirement … Continue reading

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I was the one who proposed the membership  amendment to the 2015 AAUW by laws.  I am delighted to find this website that supports open membership.  I fail to understand how we can continue to support non-discrimination if we insist … Continue reading

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A bit of background

Yes, this discussion may seem familiar to many of you. The group that’s supporting this site came together in 2005, and will likely continue in some form until AAUW has an open membership.  This year, 2015, will be the first … Continue reading

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If someone is passionate and committed to our AAUW issues, she should not only be allowed to join us, that person will also most likely be a great member because of that passion. Every branch benefits from such committed, active … Continue reading

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I’ve heard the arguments for and against open membership. I’ve been a member since the late 1990s and attended the convention when we voted for membership with an associate degree. I believe it’s time for AAUW to open the membership … Continue reading

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