McLean AAUW Branch
Founded in 1969, the McLean Area Branch is a non-partisan group of diverse women and men committed to the mission of the American Association of University Women: AAUW advances equity for women and girls and encourages inclusion and diversity through advocacy, education, research, and philanthropy. For more than 140 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day. As an organization of 170,000 members and supporters, AAUW commits to fighting for justice, long-term and lasting change, and stands in solidarity against racism.
We invite you to browse our website and learn more about our branch, our annual used book sale and other branch projects, and our special interest groups. We offer educational and thought-provoking programs, an open forum for discussion, and interest groups ranging from Current Issues and Events to Lobby Corps to Lit Groups to Arena Stagers to STEM.
There are six regular branch meetings during the year, plus the October Northern District Meeting, December Holiday Luncheon, April State Conference and Annual Business Meeting, and May annual spring dinner. Note: Due to the pandemic, we are conducting branch meetings via Zoom. Guests are always welcomed.
McLean Area Branch encourages inclusiveness and does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.
Each year in September, our branch holds a used book sale at the McLean Community Center. We held our 50th annual book sale in 2019. Through our 50-year fundraising initiatives, the branch has funded more than $190,000 in local scholarships to women returning to college at local universities, as well as endowed an American Fellowship at $75,000, an International Fellowship at $100,000, and two Research & Projects Grants at $35,000 each. For the past several years we have raised between $40,000 and $50,000 annually. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we canceled the book sale for 2020. However, in September 2021, we plan on holding our 52nd annual sale.
Our members have worked with schools in our community. For many years our members tutored at the Pimmit Alternative High School, and we have helped at a local elementary school’s Dimensions of Invention event by evaluating the students’ projects. We also have given awards to local high school students supporting various STEM initiatives.
Our branch works with AAUW of Virginia and the AAUW Action Fund Capitol Hill Lobby Corps to advocate for a large number of legislative issues affecting women and girls. We support the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund, which supports women seeking judicial redress for gender discrimination in higher education and in the work place.
Our monthly programs (September thru May) feature recognized speakers and panels who provide the latest information and insight on a wide variety of subjects of interest to AAUW members. In addition to regular evening and daytime branch programs, we gather for a holiday luncheon in December and a branch celebration dinner in May. All of our meetings are open to the public. Please join us.
Members enjoy a variety of small groups that satisfy many interests. Branch special interest groups include a book discussion group, a current events discussion group, a foreign affairs discussion group, a daytime bridge group, and a special events group that organizes trips to cultural or dining events.
Our members enjoy three publications to keep up with AAUW national, state, and branch activities. The AAUW Outlook is published quarterly, the Virginia Vision is published three times a year, and the McLean Area Branch News is produced monthly for nine months.