Welcome to the Lower CT Valley Branch of AAUW

2024 Scholarship Program
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Lower Connecticut Valley AAUW Educational Grant Recipients 2023

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We are a strong, active, and vibrant branch of the American Association of University Women, AAUW.  Our 100 members engage in many programs, events and activities that stimulate our minds, expand our social connections, and make a difference in our community.

We advocate for education and equity for all women and girls in lower Middlesex and New London Counties.

Membership is open to all those who hold an associate or equivalent degree or a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university.

Our Activities include:

Book Groups – Enjoy lively discussion, idea-sharing, and socializing, our  Book Groups are something you don’t want to miss. Haven’t read the book or didn’t quite finish? Attend and hear what others have to say. 

Great Decisions foreign policy discussions on major global issues of the day.

Cultural activities including trips to area museums, and theaters.  We also have a Gourmet Group!

Hiking and Mahjongg Groups

  • Holiday support for Safe Futures, the New London provider of domestic violence stalking and human trafficking victims

Our Calendar is busy!  We meet monthly on the second Thursday at 7pm at the Saybrook Pavilion with a special Valentine’s lunch at the Acton Public Library in February

AAUW National

National is a membership organization whose mission is to change the climate for women and girls. AAUW empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have studied and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day—-educational, social, economic, and political.

      • Who are AAUW members? – We are tenacious and trailblazing advocates for women and girls since 1881 and into the future!
      • Join Us to Explore the Issues – Together, we can reach gender equality in education, economic security, and leadership. Learn more about our priority issues and how we work to achieve our mission: Equity for all.
      • What are our major areas of focus?  Our programs, research, and outreach focus on Education, Workplace and Economic Equity, and Leadership

–  Learn more about our focus on Education

Education – As soon as girls start school, they encounter attitudes and expectations about what they ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ do. This continues throughout their schooling, steering them toward certain career paths and away from others.

–  Learn more about our focus on Workplace and Economic Equity

Workplace & Economic Equity – When women get equal pay — and equal opportunity — they, their families and all of society will thrive. To get there, we need to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion.

–  Learn more about our focus on Leadership

Leadership – The pipeline is filled with qualified women ready to move into top slots. Yet it isn’t happening: Barriers, biases and an outdated workplace model present challenges to women eager to get ahead.

Work Smart Online
Click on the link below to start taking the ‘WORK SMART’ online course today and improve your financial future.  It is a free salary negotiation course to help women earn the pay they deserve!   AAUW Work Smart and Start Smart Salary Negotiation Online

Training 10 million women in salary negotiation is central to AAUW’s goal of closing the gender pay gap by 2030.  By changing laws, improving employer practices, and empowering women to negotiate their own futures through AAUW Work Smart Online and efforts — we can make it happen.