Welcome to the McLean Area (VA) Branch of AAUW!

Presentation on the suffrage movement

The McLean Area (VA) Branch of AAUW cordially welcomes you to our website. Founded in 1969, our branch has strongly supported AAUW’s mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. We invite you to browse and to learn more about our branch, our annual used book sale and other branch projects, and our special interest groups. Please ask for more information when you read something that interests you.


As 2020 winds down, we are looking toward our fundraising efforts for 2021. Although signs of progress in confronting the virus are encouraging, there is no certainty yet that we can safely have a book sale next year. With that in mind, we are asking all members to think about alternative fundraising activities. The 2020 event with the signed baseballs was very successful and we would like to match that effort but with different themes. Please send your thoughts and suggestions…and let us know if you wish to be part of the fund-raising coordination group…to contact Nina and Tom Click Here.

Thank You!

McLean AAUW extends a huge thank you from our branch to all of the donors. In total we raised $11,538.18 through our AAUW McLean Area’s GoFundMe page.

Please send any donations to McLean AAUW, P.O. Box 1002, McLean, Va 22101.

Questions:  aauwbookfair@gmail.com    703-527-4206

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The Mclean Area Branch of AAUW as well as the State and National organizations have been emphasizing our theme of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Our branch meetings have reflected this theme. And our Lit groups have included books with similar subject matters.

But we need to do more. The National AAUW organization has posted a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion toolkit and the link is below. Please click on this wonderful resource to see what each of us can accomplish as individuals and as a branch.


Program for January, 2021
Theme: More to the Movement: Women of Color in the Struggle for the Vote.
A presentation by Elizabeth A. Novara
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10:00 am via ZoomI
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Elizabeth A. Novara








Elizabeth A. Novara is the American Women’s History Specialist for the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.  In celebration of the 19th Amendment’s 100th anniversary, Ms. Novara co-curated Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote, an exhibition that is now on display in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, and developed the presentation More to the Movement : Women  of Color in the Struggle for the Vote.  In her role as the Library’s American Women’s History Specialist, she provides reference service, creates collection displays, enhances online research resources and acquires materials related to women’s history for the Manuscript division.  Some of the woman suffrage materials she works with include the records of the National Woman’s Party, the Papers of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  Before joining the Manuscript Division in January 2019, she was the Curator of Historical Manuscripts at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She holds an MLS in archives management, an MA in history and a graduate certificate in women’s studies. She is currently pursuing a PhD in American history at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation will be on women’s political activism in Maryland from the 1890s to the 1920s with a focus on black women’s political engagement. 

McLean Branch Celebrates our Student STEM Award Recipients

On September 20th, 2020, branch members recognized six high school students who were the recipients of our 2020 STEM awards. Shown are: first row, from left, Abigail Xu, Langley High School, recipient of the STEM Excellence Award for her team project at the Virtual Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair; Victoria Li, recipient of the 2020 Math Achievement Award at Langley High School; second row, Fay Schuai, recipient of the 2020 Science Achievement Award at Langley High School; Katie Cox, recipient of the 2020 Science Achievement Award at McLean High School, with her parents John and Julie Cox; Eleanor Richard, recipient of the 2020 Math Achievement Award at McLean High School, with her parents Pascale and Oliver Richard; Emily Sun, Langley High School, recipient of the STEM Excellence Award for her team project at the Virtual Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair; third row, Myrtle Hendricks Corrales, past president and scholarship liaison for George Mason University; Judy Page, STEM chair; Naz Basit and Carol Mournighan, branch co-presidents.

AAUW Work Smart Online

American Association of University Women have initiated the Work Smart Program, designed to help women close the pay gender gap by training them to negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion.  The Program includes the following and is free and available online.  https://salary.aauw.org/



The McLean Area Branch nurtures and encourages women leaders.  A number of our branch’s current members have been elected to national, state, and community offices.

  • Elaine Lailas was elected by all members of AAUW as program vice president on the national AAUW Board of Directors.
  • Mary Ann Graham, Joanne Field, and Margie Broderick all served in elected community positions. Mary Ann served more than 20 years on the Round Hill, VA, Town Council.  Joanne served 5 years on the Fairfax County School Board, including as chair, and Margie served 4 years on the Washoe County, NV, School Board.
  • In McLean’s Dranesville tax district Caroline Pickens and Dorothy Hassan were both elected to the McLean Community Center Governing Board, and each served as chair.
  • Elected by all AAUW members in Virginia, Elaine Lailas, Peggy Stotz, Nancy Richardson, and Caroline Pickens all served at presidents of AAUW of Virginia.


In its 50 years, the McLean Area Branch has been a philanthropic star, primarily through the proceeds of its annual used book sale.

  • More than $680,000 has been contributed to national’s AAUW Funds.
  • The branch has endowed an American Fellowship at $75,000; an International Fellowship at $100,000; and two Research & Projects Grants at $35,000 each.
  • Over our 50 years of fundraising, we have raised over $190,000 supporting scholarships for university women, as well as funding fellowships and research grants.
  • In 2019, awarded scholarships of $7,000 to three women from Marymount, Trinity, and George Mason Universities.

On the local level we have encouraged STEM careers with annual awards to students in their junior year in math and science at McLean, Langley, and Marshall high schools.  We have also given awards to the highest ranked female in the engineering category at the Fairfax County Science Fairs.

AAUW meets the highest standards of accountability, program, and cost effectiveness, and has received the Seal of Excellence from Independent Charities of America.