Welcome to AAUW Harrisburg!

Welcome to AAUW’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania branch. AAUW is an organization of more than 100,000 members who value education and equal rights — and together provide a powerful voice for women and girls. Learn more.

ACTIONHere’s what to do after the March: Our elected officials are making important decisions about education, economic security, health care, and civil rights every day. Take action on these issues with AAUW. Learn more at the AAUW Action Network.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017: AAUW-PA Equal Pay Lobby Day. Join AAUW members from across the state and our friends from BPW-PA (Business and Professional Women Pennsylvania) in the capitol rotunda for a rally from 10:30 to 11:30. Then move to the Irvis Office Building, Room 302 IOB for lunch (our treat) to begin the AAUW Lobby Day activities. Get details and register.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017: Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership. AAUW Harrisburg will be holding a joint meeting with the Penn State Harrisburg Commission on Women. Wendy Armour Dickinson, former president of AAUW-PA and longtime member of both Harrisburg and Carlisle branches, will deliver a presentation on women and leadership, focusing on a recent AAUW report that “examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo.” Location will be the Morrison Gallery in the Library at Penn State Harrisburg. The program will begin with social me at 6:30 pm, and the speaker will start at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23, 2017: AAUW-PA 88th Annual Meeting. This is AAUW’s state convention. It will be held in York, PA at Heritage Hills Golf Resort.  Learn more and register.

October 9-19, 2017: AAUW Harrisburg’s Culture Vultures’ Imperial Cities Tour featuring Prague, Vienna and Budapest.  It’s offered by AAUW Harrisburg and open to everyone.  Get more details.

Check the Branch Calendar for more activities. 

NEWS: BRANCH AWARDS THREE SCHOLARSHIPS The 2016 Scholarship Committee selected three young ladies who not only embody the ideals of AAUW, but also the spirit, educational and societal values of the women for whom the scholarships are named.  More…   Scholarship Applications for 2017 are available on our Scholarship Page.

NEWS: 2016 COMMUNITY WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  AAUW Harrisburg has named Jonelle Prether Darr as Community Woman of the Year 2016. Jonelle has served as the Executive Director of the Cumberland County Library System since 1992. More…

NEWS: 2016 GATEWAY TO EQUITY AWARD: Lin Taylor, Computer Programmer and Educator, was presented with this award at AAUW Harrisburg’s Women’s History Month meeting in March. Lin initiated Girls Who Code, a free computer-programming club for girls ages 10-16 at the Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church. This is an opportunity for girls to learn computer technology careers and build their skills. Funding for materials and books, as well as new or used laptop computers are always needed. (Equipment simply needs to be in working order, no special system, etc.) To donate or learn more about the program, contact Sheila Derr at office@harrisburgbic.org or 717-561-2170.


Formed in 1921, AAUW Harrisburg is a branch of the AAUW national organization. Our mission is advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Many know of AAUW locally through our support of scholarship and community programs. Our scholarship program helps assists local college students as well as women returning students. We also support national AAUW scholarships and research toward educational equity for women and girls.

The branch program calendar and special interest and community service groups offer more than one hundred local activities over the membership year. Read More


The American Association of University Women was founded in 1881 by a group of 17 women who defied conventions of the times and earned college degrees.  Founders Marion Talbot and Ellen H. Richards envisioned an organization uniting female college graduates to play it forward, helping other women attain higher education and finding opportunities to put their education and training to use. Read More

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