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 envisioned an organization uniting female college graduates to help other women attain higher education and find opportunities to put their education and training to use. This nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has grown to a national network of more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States.
The Harrisburg Branch of AAUW was founded in 1921 and is a branch of the AAUW national organization. See the History Tab for a rich history of accomplishments and contributions to the area. The Harrisburg Branch of AAUW supports the tri-county community of Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties through philanthropy, advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our branch’s Strategic Plan was updated in spring 2020.
Harrisburg Branch members enjoy program meetings and participate in many special interest groups, varying from book clubs to sampling restaurants, theatre productions, and exploring cultural attractions on trips.
In 2020 the Branch received a number of Achievement Awards from the national AAUW. They included: A Total Giving Award in recognition of fund raising; Membership AAUW for membership growth, and a Top Branch Eleanor Roosevelt Award honoring outstanding contributions to equality and education for women and girls.
AAUW Harrisburg members have been working with Abby Lee who was our student intern for the 2020 spring term. Abby is a senior Communication/Journalism student at Shippensburg University with an emphasis in public relations.
Many know of AAUW locally through our scholarship and community programs. Our scholarship program helps local college students as well as women returning students. We also support national AAUW scholarships and research toward educational equity for women and girls. See the Scholarship Tab for more information.
Harrisburg Branch President’s Message
Currently representing over 170,000 members and supporters, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) originated in 1881 when a group of 17 women envisioned an organization uniting female college graduates to pay it forward by helping other women attain higher education and discover opportunities to put their education and training to use. More
The Harrisburg branch meets monthly for a program with a guest speaker featuring areas of our mission to the community. Most of the programs are open to the public. For a complete list of the monthly programs, contact HarrisburgAAUW@gmail.com.