AAUW Laguna Beach Membership

AAUW is open to graduates holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate, or higher degree from a qualified educational institution or a foreign degree acceptable as a basis for admission by graduate schools at qualified universities of the U.S. With Association headquarters in Washington, DC, members number over 100,000 in the U.S. In California there are over 13,000 members in 140 branches plus 5,000 members-at-large. The AAUW Laguna Beach Branch, chartered in 1967, has a membership of about 170.

 What is AAUW?

AAUW’s Mission. The American Association of University Women (AAUW), founded in 1881, is the nation’s leading organization advocating equity for women and girls. Its national membership of 100,000 seeks to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. People of every race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, and level of physical ability are invited to join. For over 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects: 

• Public Policy Advocacy • Community Programs • Voter Education Campaign • Leadership Development • International Connections

AAUW Public Policy Program. Implicit in each of our principles is support for government agencies administering programs, including adequate appro-priations, effective and accountable administration, and provision for citizen participation. We advocate public discussion to ensure enlightened decisions on these principles. We work to increase the number of underrepresented populations, including women, in policy and other decision-making positions. AAUW is committed to working in partnership with diverse allies and coalitions to break through educational and economic barriers for women and girls. 

AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund supports educational and lifelong learning opportunities that give women a chance for a lifetime of success. Some programs include: Fellowships and Grants including American and International Fellowships, Selected Professions Fellowships, and Research and Projects Grants, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund that has supported teacher fellows and research on gender equity in education since 1958. 

Membership in AAUW Offers: 

• Personal and Professional Growth. AAUW members know that education does not end with college, and they understand that knowledge is power. AAUW helps people develop and refine their leadership skills. Members can expand their knowledge and enjoy intellectual stimulation by studying, discussing, and acting on issues such as: promoting educational and gender equity for women and girls, reproductive health care, diversity, and topics in community life, cultural interests, education, and international affairs. 

• Community Leadership. Skilled, educated individuals are needed to get important things done in our communities. AAUW members participate in projects and public forums on local issues. AAUW works in coalition with local organizations and members serve as elected or appointed officials on city commissions. Members help school children to develop English language skills. AAUW encourages members to join those in the public arena and to support each other in community action programs. 

• Friendship. In our fast-paced, often impersonal society, quality friendships are more important than ever. AAUW offers its members a chance to enjoy a support system of dynamic, educated people throughout the state, nation and world. 

When and Where does AAUW Laguna Beach Meet

Monthly meetings and events are usually held weekday evenings, and Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Programs encompass the diverse interests and issues of AAUW and its members, e.g., speakers on international affairs, educational equity and diversity issues, panel discussions on community and women’s issues, and participation in cultural interests. 

The annual March Literary Luncheon Laguna Beach Festival of Women Authors fundraising event, begun in 1987, was the first of its kind in Orange County. The event’s fundraising proceeds are administered by our nonprofit AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation, a 501-c-3 organization. Beneficiaries have historically included women in graduate study and gender equity research and other programs through AAUW Funds, funded middle school girls to attend the AAUW CA Tech Trek Science Camps, scholarships for high school graduating girls and women returning to college, elementary school tutoring

A graduate holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate, or higher degree from a qualified educational institution or a foreign degree acceptable as a basis for admission by graduate schools at qualified universities of the U.S. shall be eligible to receive admission to AAUW membership; such membership shall be granted upon payment of AAUW dues. 

Headquartered in Washington, DC, AAUW has over 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university partners. AAUW California has over 13,000 members in 140 branches including 15 in Orange County. Chartered in 1967, AAUW Laguna Beach Branch has a membership of 170. 

Small groups and committees, usually held in members’ homes, are great ways to meet others who share common interests and concerns. Meeting schedules are listed in the monthly branch newsletter Laguna Waves and on the branch website www. aauw2-lagunabeach.org. Other groups are formed as requested. 

ART APPRECIATION group members visit artists’ studios, galleries, and museums, and discuss topics of mutual interest. 

COMMUNITY focuses on the activities within Laguna Beach, e.g., City Council, Laguna Art Museum, public schools, and working in coalition with other organizations on projects. 

El Morro Elementary School students build their English language and learning skills in an after school program called The Learning Club (TLC). Students recommended by their teachers meet twice weekly with volunteers for one-on-tutoring and homework help through this program. 

• EVENING BOOKS meets in members’ homes at 7:30pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month, except August and December.

* 2 Afternoon Book Discussion groups meet in members’ homes at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays or Fridays.


• POETRY APPRECIATION meets in members’ homes at 1:30pm six times during the year on the 2nd Monday of the month. 

• PUBLIC POLICY. At various times members are asked to write letters or respond to an online AAUW Action Alert regarding national and state legislative issues within AAUW public policy guidelines. Members also participate in the Great American Write-in annual Spring event where AAUW is among the many cosponsoring nonprofit organizations. 

• WINE & WHINE. Members meet once a month at a local restaurant, except July and August, to get to know one another better and share ideas in a casual setting. 

Who Can Join

It is easy for graduates of different educational institutions to become AAUW members by completing membership application forms obtained from any of the following contacts listed below. Currently enrolled college/university undergraduate students may join as Affiliates at half-dues. 

Co-Membership Chairs

 Leah Vasquez
Rachelle Cano
Jean Brotherton