Welcome to the Lower CT Valley Branch of AAUW!

AAUW National
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) 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 Yet it isn’t happening: Barriers, biases and an outdated workplace model present challenges to women eager to get ahead.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 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.

AAUW – Lower CT Valley Branch
The Lower Connecticut Valley (LCV) branch of AAUW is an advocate for education and equity for all women and girls in the lower Middlesex County.  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:

  • Sponsorship of educational scholarships/grants for women
  • Speakers’ Programs which address important issues of the day (women’s rights, voting access, climate change)
  • Sponsorship of Leadership and STEM Programs for young women and girls
  • Book Groups – If you enjoy lively discussion, sharing ideas, and spending an hour or more with friends, our Book Groups are something you don’t want to miss. Haven’t read the book or didn’t quite finish? Come (or Zoom during Covid) and hear what others have to say.  New members are welcome to come and participate anytime!!. There is an afternoon Book Group and an Evening Book Group which both meet once monthly.
  • Great Decisions – foreign policy discussions
  • Cultural activities including trips to museums, theaters, gourmet group, bridge and Mah Jongg

Monthly meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of the Month @ 7pm. We often have great speakers followed by a business meeting (December, January and February meetings dates/times may differ – See Calendar tab).