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.

Absentee Ballot Should Be Obtained Directly from Board of Elections:

ALERT: Many of our members have received an absentee ballot application from the Center for Voter Participation in the mail. The return address is wrong, and the ballot request should not be returned. For election safety you should request an absentee ballot directly from the Virginia Board of Elections.  https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

2020 Book Sale
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution for our members and the public, we have CANCELLED our 2020 book sale.

NEWS FLASH: The results are in from our AAUW McLean Area’s HOME RUN Fundraiser. Three baseball owners were selected through a random, computer-generated system. They are Ken Robbett of Alexandria, Tom Spulak of McLean and Jeanne Reimers of Falls Church.

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.

We are still accepting donations for this year’s local scholarships and AAUW Funds until October 10th. 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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McLean Branch Holds Meetings on Zoom

On May 15th, 2020,  Co-President Myrtle Hendricks-Corrales called the Branch Annual Business Meeting to order via a Zoom video conference call. Participants on the call are shown on the screenshot at right.

There are six regular branch meetings during the year.  The theme for our 2019-2020 season was “Equity for Women through Inclusion and Diversity” and the program included:

  • Presentation on the suffrage movement
  • An author of a book discussing schools established for children of former slaves,
  • A documentary film about Arab and Jewish women forming a sisterhood, and
  • The director of Arlington Nation Cemetery “Women in the Military Memorial” discussing women in the military.

We usually meet at the McLean Community Center.  However, due to the pandemic, all Branch meetings will be conducted via Zoom until further notice.  Typically, there is also a Northern District meeting in October, a December Holiday luncheon, an Annual Spring Luncheon in May and an annual Virginia State meeting.  We will update you regarding whether such meetings will be held.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact us.

Next meetings:

See our upcoming events in the right-hand column and a full list on our calendar.

Be sure to check  Activities
for details on upcoming meetings of our interest groups.

McLean Branch Celebrates the Holidays

On December 14th, our members celebrated the holidays by hosting a luncheon at the Riverbend Golf and Country Club in Great Falls.  We shared great conversation and delicious food.  Our guest speaker was Jennifer Wexton, the Virginia 10th District Congressional Representative, who updated us on the latest initiatives being sponsored by the House of Representatives.  This discussion was part of the programs being sponsored this year by our Branch as discussed below.

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.