About AAUW California

AAUW California Mission:

AAUW California facilitates California branches in meeting the vision and mission of AAUW by providing programs, education, and resources.

AAUW California History:

AAUW’s presence in California began when San Francisco branch was established in 1884. By 1921, with thirteen active branches in the state, branch leaders saw a need for a statewide organization.  The constitution for AAUW California was approved in October 1921.

AAUW California is the state’s most active and diverse organization for women with nearly 12,000 members in 125 branches, plus over 5,000 members-at-large.

2020-2021 Webinars

AAUW CA has developed a series of online workshops to take advantage of the tremendous opportunity to reach our branches and members through videoconferencing. They relate to the four California priorities with a “how to” focus and are open to members.

AAUW California Programs:

Speech Trek

Speech Trek is a speaking contest open to all California high school students.

Tech Trek Science and Math Camp

AAUW California Tech Trek Science and Math Camp for Girls strives to develop interest and excitement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and self-confidence in eighth grade young women by providing the experience of living one week on a college campus and participating in hands-on activities in math, science and related fields.

Work Smart

Created for working women, Work Smart is an interactive workshop that teaches you to evaluate, negotiate, and articulate your worth confidently in the job market. AAUW’s expert facilitators lead discussions on the gender pay gap and its personal effects, while small group activities and role-play exercises give you the opportunity to create and perfect your persuasive salary pitches. You learn objective research and benchmarking skills to establish an equitable target salary, whether you are

  • Striving for a promotion,
  • Asking for a raise, or
  • Negotiating a new salary.

Currently all Work Smart workshops are online here.

Public Policy

The work of the AAUW California State Public Policy Committee is guided by the AAUW CA  Mission Statement and by the three pillars of its Public Policy Priorities:

  • Economic Security for All Women
  • A Strong System of High Quality Public Education
  • Guaranteed Equality, Individual Rights and Social Justice for a Diverse and Inclusive Society

Current Public Policy Priorities

Public Policy Activities and issues:

  • Bill Tracking
  • Equal Pay
  • Human Trafficking
  • Reproductive Health
  • Social Justice Reform
  • Student Debt
  • Title IX
  • Voter Education
  • Equal Pay Day
  • Get Out The Vote (GOTV)
  • GovTrek