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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.

Annual Membership Meeting & Nomination of AAUW-KC Officers

Tuesday, May 17

Reception 5:30 p.m. / Program 6 p.m. promptly followed by AAUW-KC Elections

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church

4501 Walnut St. / Kansas City, MO

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 the high school and collegiate levels. Plan to join us on May 17th, to learn about our successes, the areas where we are falling short, and why it is so important to give girls these opportunities.
winkcA reception with light refreshment begins the evening at 5:30, followed by the program from 6-6:45. Co-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 5K race/walk training 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 AAUW-KC Annual Meeting with election of 2016-2017 officers will take place promptly following the program, with adjournment by 7:15 p.m.
This is a free event and reservations are not required. For more information and questions, please email Sara Pedram, spedram45@kc.rr.com.

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

AAUW-MO Annual Spring Conference / Saturday, April 30

(Doubletree by Hilton, 422 Monroe St., Jefferson City, MO)

Awards, news, and critical information are all part of the day, starting with a continental breakfast and registration at 8 a.m. Elizabeth Holden will be briefing us on national AAUW developments and issues. Most importantly, as the Grassroots Advocacy Manager, she will be advising us on the most effective activities for AAUW during this election year as part of “Advocacy as Mission.”

Outgoing and incoming Board members will be meeting for dinner prior to the Conference on Friday evening, April 29, also at the Doubletree.

For room reservations, please call 573-636-5101 and request a room in the AAUW block of rooms. (Double room/$104  per night.) Registration deadline for the conference and room reservations is April 13. For a schedule of events and registration form, go online to www.aauwmo.org.


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!


50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics

Make plans to visit the American Jazz Museum to view this new exhibit through May 13, 2016.



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.


A Call for Authors

Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award nominations will be accepted until May 1, 2016.  The award, presented by AAUW-KC and the KC Public Library is given to a local author in recognition for their excellence in writing. The award will be presented at a luncheon in early October 2016 at the Central Library and includes a $500 check and a framed certificate of recognition. Click here or under the EVENTS tab for more information.