The Knoxville Branch of AAUW began as a branch of the Southern Association of College Women in 1903 and became a branch of the American Association of University Women in 1921. The Branch has met or exceeded AAUW national standards in the areas of community action projects, visibility, leadership development, public policy, and financial support of the AAUW Educational Foundation and the Legal Advocacy Fund.
The Knoxville Branch of AAUW provides opportunities for networking, fellowship, development of leadership skills, involvement in the community and continuing support of AAUW’s goal of equality for women, education and self-development over the life span. Many of our members have held positions as officers in the local branch, state, and region. On the other end of the spectrum, we have members who only have time to attend their favorite interest group. Your degree of involvement in the local branch depends on you.
The branch membership averages around 60 members. Branch meetings have programs on a wide range of topics such as “Women in Politics,” “Impact of Title IX at The University of Tennessee,” and “Health Care Reform.”
Branch sponsored interest groups meet monthly: Contemporary Literature, dinner with Friends, Evening Book Discussion, Garden Conversations, and New Horizons.
The Branch’s most visible projects have been its participation in a coalition of organizations which present SHADES (Sharing Adventures in Engineering and Science) to middle school girls from Knox and surrounding counties and the Sister-Sister Summits.