Women Make the Difference!

Preparing gift baskets and gift cards that were raffled off at AAUW Southeast Valley Branch’s recent annual Scholarship Fundraiser were (left to right) Penny Rings, Sharon Gale, Mary Humecke, Helen Semple, and Beth Zdeblick. (Photo by Mary Kenny)

Mary Kenny, Volunteer

Women make a difference in their own lives and for others by participating in AAUW (Association of American University Women). What is AAUW? It is a diverse group that encourages participation by those who wish to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, philanthropy, and research. It supports education and legislation impacting girls and women.

Recent monthly programs of the AAUW Southeast Valley Branch included presentations by Arizona Science Center’s Girls in STEM Coordinator Kimberly Duvall; Donna Martinez Lopez with Women Rising, an organization at Chandler-Gilbert Community College; and Lindsay Atwood and Sue Van Horne from the Chandler Library System discussing the issue of banned books, from a librarian’s viewpoint.

AAUW Southeast Valley Branch, serving Chandler, Gilbert, and Sun Lakes, meets in Sun Lakes from October through April to present its monthly programs like those described above. It also hosts fundraising events during the year to support scholarships to Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

AAUW is a national organization open to all graduates holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate, or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. There are more than 170,000 members across 1,000 local branches. The Southeast Valley Branch of AAUW was chartered in 1989.

Are you ready to make a difference, meet other accomplished women, and have fun together? Join us to be a part of change in the making! For more information, email us at [email protected].