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 50 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,” “Health Care Reform,” and “Equal Pay for Women.”
Branch sponsored interest groups meet monthly: Contemporary Literature, Dinner with Friends, and Evening Book Discussion.
The Branch’s most visible project has been its participation in a coalition of organizations that present SHADES (Sharing Adventures in Engineering and Science) to middle school girls from Knox and surrounding counties.