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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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Hansen

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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Arp

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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