This Saturday I have the honor of joining the DC Chapter of the American Association of University Women for the September Branch meeting. A potluck dinner will be had, and I will give a talk about the Richmond Theater Fire.
What is the AAUW, and why is it such an important organization in American women’s history? Well, here is a snippet about the group’s founding from their chapter’s website.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) was founded as an alumnae group for college women. Why a group for college women? Men had their alumni groups, but often there were not enough women from a single college or university to form an alumnae group. It made sense for college and university women to come together in a national organization.
Our branch, the Washington, D.C., branch was recognized as the Association’s first branch in October 25, 1884. It was founded by ten young women, none of whom was more than six years out of college. In the first year, three study groups were active: political science, Latin sight reading, and living English writers.
The branch immediately became a voice in policy issues that primarily affected women and their children.
The DC branch was also the first racially integrated group in the AAUW. I’m pleased to be able to meet with this chapter that continues to support women’s educational initiatives here and abroad and am grateful for their invitation to participate in this event.
Now whatever shall I bring to the potluck?