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Testimonials in support of dropping the degree requirement
This page was mentioned in the 2017 Rationale for the AAUW Bylaws change to drop the degree requirement. Please read the comments of your fellow members, and go to the “Support Open Membership” section to add your own to our collection.

Goehring

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Perrodin

AAUW’s mission focuses on equity and equality. Equity and equality related to membership is critical to building a more inclusive organization. One way to do this is to open up the membership requirements for AAUW membership. -Felisha Perrodin, AAUW Fayetteville … Continue reading

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Kirkpatrick

As a third-generation AAUW member (and a history major), I honor and respect our organization’s history, so my support of opening AAUW to anyone supporting our mission in no way dismisses the reasons membership has traditionally been restricted to those … Continue reading

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McCarthy

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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Pardau

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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Sladek

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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Miller

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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Lesser

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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Pickens

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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Shaw

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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