History & Mission

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches, and 800 college/university institution partners. The mission of AAUW is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.  Its vision is equity for all.  Its values are: “Nonpartisan.  Fact-based. Integrity.  Inclusion and intersectionality.”

For over 135 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic, and political.  It has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the US and around the globe.

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Our active Laguna Beach branch was founded in 1967 and includes over 150 residents of Laguna Beach and surrounding communities.  Our mission is to further AAUW’s mission to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.  We are a growing organization with a membership that spans a range of ages, professions, and backgrounds.  We work together to tutor elementary students, to raise money for scholarships, to send middle school girls to STEM camps, and to help women build leadership skills and negotiate for fair salaries and benefits.  We have built a local community of women by offering many stimulating programs, events  and interest groups throughout the year that bring together members who share similar interests.  Board meetings are open to all members.

Our Laguna Beach branch is  proud to have:

  • Tutored and mentored over 400 students through The Learning Club (TLC)
  • Helped approximately 300 college students negotiate a fair salary through Start Smart
  • Sent over 130 middle school girls to STEM camps through Tech Trek
  • Awarded over $100,000 in financial aid and scholarships