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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.

WIN for KC – Promoting and Empowering Student Female Athletes


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a law to protect people from discrimination in education based on their sex/gender. Some areas included in this legislation are sexual assault, harassment, violence, sexual orientation, and discrimination in sports. Title IX has made a dramatic impact on the number of girls participating in sports at both the high school and collegiate levels. Plan to join us on Tuesday, January 19 for a program at the Waldo Branch KC Public Library (201 E. 75th St.) presented by WIN for KC, to learn about our successes, the areas where we are falling short, and why it is so important to give girls these opportunities. 

winkcCo-presenters are Lisa Diven, WIN for KC Director and Sarah Morris, WIN for KC Advisory Board Chair. WIN for KC provides programming and networking including:  “Girls on the Run” – 3rd to 8th grade girls participate in a coach-led program twice a week that combines training for a 5K race/walk with lessons in self-respect and healthy living; and womentalksports.com – an online network that connects the best blogs relating to women’s sports. With the goal of promoting and empowering female athleticism, the website connects sites from across the globe that provide high-quality news, opinion, advice, blogs, data and tools.

A reception with light refreshment begins our evening at 6:00, followed by the program from 6:30–7:15, and Q&A concluding around 7:45.

This is a free event with reservations requested to Sara Pedram (spedram45@kc.rr.com) by January 9.

A Matinee at the MET

Join us for a live premier performance of “Emilie” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 24. Learn about the first published French female scientist and help support AAUW!
TICKET: $30 / Mail checks payable to AAUW-KC to: Nicky Stanke, 1101 Walnut, #905, Kansas City, MO 64106.

AAUW Kansas City/Shawnee Mission Joint Luncheon Meeting

GunjaOkSunLeeParkCRRAt this annual meeting on Saturday, February 20, 2016 we will enjoy a buffet lunch in the Westminster Dining Room at Kingswood Senior Living Community (10000 Wornall Rd, Kansas City), followed by a program presented by AAUW-KC member and award-winning author Maija Rhee Devine. She will talk about her research and new writings about Korean “comfort women” who were forced into providing sexual services to Japanese soldiers during WWII—most of whom were ages 12–19. Maija has personally visited with many surviving comfort women at The House of Sharing in South Korea. Pictured (l-r): Gunja Kim, Oksun Lee, Maija, and Oksun Park in September 2015. “They became comfort women when they were 17 or 18. Gunja was hit by a Japanese soldier when she resisted his sexual attack and her left ear drum was permanently damaged. I had to shout into her right ear.”  The program will include a reading and a PowerPoint presentation.

A special invitation will be delivered in late January with confirmed luncheon cost (estimated $15 per person). RSVPs will be required for this event to Sara Pedram (spedram45@kc.rr.com) by February 10.

Wagy Awards 2015 Recap

wagyGuests gathered for the annual holiday luncheon and to learn more about the wonderful local organizations receiving Wagy grants and how they will use the funds to help women and girls. Congratulations to these 2015 Wagy Award recipients:

• City in Motion Dance Theater & Apprentice Co. received $2,763 for scholarships.

  Connecting for Good received $3,255 for their “Pemberton Park Digital Inclusion Project.”

• Science Pioneers, Inc. received $1,525 for their “Expanding Your Horizons” program costs and scholarships.

• Hope House, Inc. received $4,000 for on-site dental clinics for survivors of domestic violence.