ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL BOOK SALE RAISING MONEY FOR WOMEN
We would like to thank our loyal patrons for helping us achieve another successful book sale. Our 50th annual book sale was a banner year, raising over $55,000.
The proceeds of our book sales have been used to fund scholarships for women in local colleges; provide awards in math and science to local high school girls; fund grants and fellowships to women pursuing postgraduate degrees through endowments established by our Branch; and fund National AAUW programs such as the Legal Advocacy Fund, campus initiatives to promote women in leadership roles, STEM initiatives, and the AAUW Work Smart programs. The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund works to combat sex discrimination in higher education and in the workplace. AAUW meets the highest standards of accountability, program, and cost effectiveness, and has received the Seal of Excellence from Independent Charities of America.
One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, National AAUW has provided funding for fellowships and grants to outstanding women. Our McLean branch has sponsored 4 of these awards. Some famous women who have received grants or achievement awards are:
- Judith Resnik, Challenger astronaut
- Rachel Carson, environmentalist, author of Silent Spring
- Margaret Mead, anthropologist
- Eudora Welty, writer
- Sandra Day O’Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
We thank our members (and in many cases our spouses) for their tireless work in preparing and organizing the book sale. This effort requires work to collect and collate the books, as well as staffing the book sale. We also thank Sun Trust Bank (Vienna East) for providing space to collect and sort the books, the McLean Community Center for hosting our book sale, and Second Story Books for their donations and ongoing support for our book sale.