About

The mission of The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is to advance gender equality for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

AAUW was founded in 1881 to promote education and equity for women. Membership is open to men and women who hold a two year degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

Our Branch

In 1923 local college and university women sought to provide social contact for teachers within the community. As a result, the Grants Pass College Club was created. As the years passed and membership grew, campaigning to affiliate with AAUW began. Grants Pass Branch was chartered with AAUW in 1946.  In 2005 Grants Pass Branch established the Grants Pass University Women Charitable Fund (GPUWCF). This nonprofit 501(c)(3) status provides people the opportunity to make tax deductible donations to support our mission related activities.

Today Grants Pass Branch has over 130 members who are involved in promoting programs that empower women and girls and encourage success.

Our monthly meetings highlight a variety of speakers who focus on current issues. Members have opportunities to meet other professionals, cultivate personal potential, and develop lasting friendships.  We offer a wide range of activities which enhance friendship, learning, and advocacy.  Our involvement includes local, state, and national activism.

Our vibrant interest groups give members with similar interests a chance to meet regularly, share ideas, interests, and hobbies. We are committed to community involvement and are active participants in many local programs.

Frog O’Faire Children’s Festival

This event, which began in 1973, is a community service project of AAUW. It provides a day of free educational enrichment activities and entertainment for children of Josephine County.  The next Frog O’Faire may take place June 13, 2020.

Girls Rock!

Girls Rock! provides a fun-filled event for girls ages 9-13, who with their parents participate in activities that encourage discussions about issues unique to this age group.  The event is sponsored by AAUW Grants Pass Branch, Soroptimist International of River Valley, and Zonta Club of Grants Pass.  The next Girls Rock! event will take place February 29, 2020.

Kitchen Tour

Started in 2005, the Kitchen Tour is our sole fundraiser. In just twelve short years this annual fall tour of local kitchens has raised over $130,000 for local and national scholarships. The 15th annual Kitchen Tour will take place on October 19, 2019.

The American Association of University Women

The mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. It is a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 800 college/university institution partners.

For over 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.

AAUW of Oregon

The goal of AAUW Oregon is to increase awareness of societal issues, promote advocacy, take action to empower women and girls, and connect the national AAUW with branch members. It has over 1100 members across the state.

A joint convention with AAUW Oregon and AAUW Washington will take place on
April 16-19, 2020, at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington.