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National Women’s Group Celebrates 125 Years

AAUW is one of the oldest women’s nonprofit organizations

Washington – The American Association of University Women, one of the oldest nonprofit organizations dedicated to advocating women’s rights, celebrates its 125th anniversary on Nov. 28.

We’re proud that our organization still makes a difference today,” said AAUW President Ruth Sweetser. “AAUW has stood the test of time and will continue to be a strong advocate for women in years to come.”

Founded Nov. 28, 1881, by 17 female college graduates, AAUW has developed a rich tradition of leadership, scholarship, advocacy, and action. Members have included many exceptional women, such as Coretta Scott King, Former Congresswoman Patsy Mink, Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, and Dr. Johnnetta Cole. Today, AAUW numbers more than 100,000 members, 1,300 branches, and 500 college and university partners.

AAUW has shaped the social, political, and economic scene for women, including the fight for pay equity; a woman’s right to vote; and legislation that protects women at home, in schools, and in the workplace. For years, AAUW has been a source for research about women and higher education, sexual harassment, and workplace equity.

Visit the AAUW website to hear a historic audio recording of AAUW founding mother Marion Talbot. This rare audio material has not been publicly heard since its original recording in 1945,

For more information about the history of AAUW, visit the AAUW online museum at

For more information about AAUW’s 125th anniversary or to schedule an interview with a member in your local area, contact Rebecca Leaf, senior media relations associate, at 202/785-7738 or; or contact Ashley Carr, director of communications, at 202/785-7745 or Photos of prominent AAUW members, such as Coretta Scott King, are available upon request.

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