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Through its nationwide network, AAUW opens doors for women and girls and influences public debate on critical social issues such as education, civil rights, and workplace equity. AAUW sponsors community programs, publishes ground breaking research on women and girls, is one of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, and fights sex discrimination in all levels of education.


The State College Branch of AAUW was founded in 1916 and has approximately 155 members who continually seek ways to work toward improving the lives of all women.


Our State College Branch has a long history of leadership and community service.  A few highlights include:

  • The founding of the Voluntary Action Corps (now known as the Community Help Centre);
  • The founding of PhoneFriend, a helpline for “latchkey” children;
  • Providing financial support to Family Health Services;
  • Establishing an endowment to provide scholarships to local adult learners.



Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in education. It covers women and men, girls and boys, and staff and students in any educational institution or program that receives federal funds. This includes local school districts, colleges and universities, for-profit schools, career and technical education programs, libraries and museums.


Women still lag far behind men when it comes to leadership roles. They remain significantly under-represented at the highest rungs of almost every field: corporate, government, nonprofit, education, law, medicine, finance and banking, and the military. In 2019, there were only 33 women leading America’s biggest companies — that’s only about 7% of all Fortune 500 CEO’s.


From preschool through high school, most children encounter  some degree of “gender tracking”—stereotypes and expectations that can set them on a lifelong path.  Tracking in early education helps account for why so many professions are still highly gendered, with women disproportionately in lower-paying fields.


A  gap exists at all levels of work in almost every occupation. There is a  gender  pay gap in every state.  It cuts across all age groups and demographics, widening significantly for women of color. The gap greets a woman as soon as she gets out of college and grows wider throughout her lifetime.

Community Outreach


The Branch engages in several types of STEM initiatives, which are described briefly below:

After-school STEM programs for middle school girls. In conjunction with the five Centre County school districts, the Branch co-sponsors multi-week after-school programs with a STEM focus.


The purpose of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. The AAUW State College Branch presents educational scholarships to deserving women each year. The purpose of these scholarships is to support women who, at some point, have interrupted their undergraduate studies for at least two years and who wish to resume or continue their studies at this time.


The AAUW State College Branch awards community grants to programs sponsored by nonprofit organizations located in Centre County, PA. Proposals for funding must be for programs or services that reach county residents more than half of whom are women and/or girls. Proposed programs or services must align with AAUW’s mission and the State College Branch’s value statements. Applications must be submitted by the non-profit organization that will conduct the proposed program or service.


Every Year we put together one of the largest used book events in the state.

Income from the sale is used to fund grants to support projects run by Centre County non-profits that align with AAUW’s mission, and to fund educational scholarships awarded to women adult learner undergraduate students residing in Centre County. Sale proceeds also support national AAUW research and legal advocacy efforts, STEM programs in Centre County, and branch operations. AAUW State College has been a powerful force for advancing gender equity for women and girls in our community through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research for over one hundred years.

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