History of AAUW Charlotte Branch
AAUW’s Charlotte Branch has a 103 year history of trailblazing! We have broken down barriers and initiated programs that continue to grow and impact our community while promoting societal change for the AAUW mission of equity and life-long education for women and girls.
Some of the few accomplishments through the years:
- Started a preschool readiness program when none existed. It evolved into statewide kindergartens.
- Initiated College Days and Family Life programs later incorporated into the school systems.
- Established an interpreters’ service and teas for international students before International House was established.
- Started a play-reading group that evolved into the Little Theatre of Charlotte.
- Published books and pamphlets, most recently Cookin’ by Degrees (2008); Making a Difference: Women of Mecklenburg (1980 booklet; updated 1997 as a hardback for middle school libraries); Reading is fundamental, Adult Education Opportunities International Flavors and a daycare facilities guide for parents.
- Worked to establish the Nature Museum and has supplied volunteers for the Mint, History, Nature and many programs in the arts (Symphony, Opera et al).
- In 1999, established a highly successful biennial book-author luncheon featuring area authors and their latest works.
- Has been continuously represented on various boards, commissions and committees responsive to the needs of the local community.
- Sponsored student loans, scholarships, fellowships. Mecklenburg Citizens for better libraries, nationally known speakers, art programs, the Holly Trail, book sales, flower shows and the Children’s Theatre (now is ImaginOn).
The present goal of the AAUW Charlotte Branch is centered on a very special fellowship for North Carolina Women. It is designed to fund research projects and graduate studies in science. Our goal is $35,000 before we can begin allotting funds.