Author Archives: Nancy


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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It is incredulous that an organization that promotes “equity” for women is exclusive. In my years of membership, I’ve heard many times when I approach people who are obviously qualified about membership, they are turned off because of our membership … Continue reading

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In Idaho, and especially rural Idaho, we’re outnumbered and it’s important to include every willing voice in our on-going work towards equity and education for women and girls. We particularly need every willing voice to speak up for civil rights … Continue reading

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Atkinson, K

AAUW appears to assume that a college education provides a person with a better, broader skill set to advocate on behalf of women. This membership requirement should be challenged. Did MLK require a college education to March in Selma? Does … Continue reading

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Times have changed, and we must change with them. It is way past time to do this. Let’s get this done. You have my support, and thanks for doing the work to get this issue across the finish line. Doris … Continue reading

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I have been supportive of the efforts to allow AAUW to open up the membership requirement to those who advocate for the mission of AAUW, regardless of their educational qualifications. I am pleased to see the proposed bylaw amendment presented … Continue reading

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