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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) was founded in 1881. Its national membership of 170,000 seeks to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

The Kansas City Branch of AAUW was founded in 1893 to provide meaningful projects to support the education and equity of women and girls locally.

In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

Nominating Committee Slate of Officers 2016–2017

President – Marian McClellan

President Elect – Open

Immediate Past President – Stephanie Holthaus

Secretary – Wanda Perkins

Programs – Sara Pedram and Judith McGunegle

Membership – Stefanie Hatfield

Finance Officer – Nicky Stanke

The committee will continue to seek a nominee for President Elect so that a nomination can be made at the annual meeting on May 17th.

AAUW-MO Spring Conference & More

Do you know of an extraordinary woman worthy of recognition?

starrmedalNominations are now being accepted for the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame, recognizing exceptional women, past and present, who have made their mark on the greater Kansas City community. Information on the Hall, the nomination criteria and nomination form are available at http://www.umkc.edu/starrhalloffame/. Deadline is June 30, so act now!


Kansas City Women’s Equality Week – August 21-27

August 26, 2016 is National Women’s Equality Day! Join many local organizations for special programs to support and promote women’s equality and celebrate women’s accomplishments. Check back here for posting of event details!


Grant Opportunities Available for Local Organizations who Support Kansas City Women and Girls

Each year the AAUW KC Branch awards several grants of $1,000 to $4,000 to local organizations that support our mission by promoting equity, education, intellectual growth, individual worth, and development of opportunities for Kansas City women and girls. These grants are made possible from a generous bequest from the estate of Irene Wagy, a branch member who passed away in 1996, plus donations from other branch members.

A committee of the branch reviews applications and decides on the recipient organizations. The awards are made at a holiday event in December. The Wagy grant application and awards process is managed by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. To learn more about the awards and how to apply, go to GKCCF’s website: www.growyourgiving.org.


WIN for KC – Title IX Program Rescheduled for May 17!


winkcMany AAUW members and friends were disappointed when the January 19 Title IX program was cancelled due to extreme winter weather conditions. Good news…this much-anticipated event has been rescheduled for May 17!  Co-presenters and speakers Lisa Diven, WIN for KC Director and Sarah Morris, WIN for KC Advisory Board Chair, have confirmed that they are available for the new date. The venue will be determined and full details shared soon.  So stay tuned!