Welcome to the Tri-Cities Branch of AAUW. We are located in southeastern Washington state at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia River and include the cities of Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland.
We are an amazing and diverse group of like-minded women who promote and support the mission of AAUW — to improve the lives of women, the lives of their families and the communities in which they live.
We support programs focused on enriching the lives of young girls and young women. We actively raise money for Education Foundation fellowships for American and International graduate women, for the Legal Advocacy Fund (helping women university faculty who are suing to redress gender discrimination), and for scholarships at local colleges.
Our AAUW group provides many opportunities for networking and developing friendships as well as supporting national and international goals for the advancement of women.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.
Tri-Cities branch member Elizabeth Gladden celebrated her 100th birthday in 2016, She is shown here (right) at the branch Christmas brunch, where she was honored for her years of membership and service.
She is a resident of Pasco, WA, where she and her husband taught school for many years.
She still keeps up her life-long habit of walking a couple of miles very day, though not as fast as she once did
Women working full time in the United States typically are paid just 80 percent of what men were paid. The figure is even more dire for African-American, Hispanic or Latino women. While many occupations have managed to narrow or even close the pay gap, disparity still exists.
AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap addresses the issues such as the pay gap in each state; the pay gap by age, race/ethnicity, and education; guidance for women facing workplace discrimination; resources for fair pay advocates etc.
Interested in learning more about these issues and preparing for Equal Pay Day? Click here for the full report and details.
Millions of people around the globe are the victims of human trafficking in the form of sex or labor trafficking, human rights violations, etc. AAUW believes that there is a need for national and international policies against human trafficking that promote peace, justice, human rights, sustainable development, and security for all people. The State Policy Sex Trafficking Tool Kit outlines three key state policy priorities — hotline posting requirements, safe harbor laws, and vacatur laws — to identify and combat sex trafficking.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, named after a woman who discovered her employer was paying her less than here male counterparts, is law that ensures fair pay for all Americans. To further advance equal pay, the White House challenged American businesses to take the Equal Pay Pledge. Several U.S. top companies such as Airbnb, Amazon, Staples etc. have come together in support of advancing equal pay. On December 7, 2016, the 44 additional companies including Yahoo, eBay, AT&T etc. signed the pledge.
Earlier this year, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) signed a bipartisan pay equity bill, which prohibits employers from requiring salary history information before receiving a formal job offer.
Other states have followed suit in diminishing this harmful practice. Governor of California, Jerry Brown (D), signed into law a bill saying that salary history can’t be the only reason to point to if a wage discrepancy exists. Legislators in Maryland, Delaware, Utah, and Nebraska also passed equal pay bills in 2016. Red, blue, and purple states are realizing that the pay gap is real and are taking steps to close it.
There are many ways to honor or memorialize someone special or recognize an important event by investing in women and girls through AAUW.
- Celebrate Your Milestone: Establish an Honorary or Memorial Fund
Sponsorship is a powerful way to show your support for AAUW national initiatives and see the results at the local level- Sponsor one of the AAUW programs in your community.