Welcome to the Tri-Cities (WA) Branch of AAUW!

Join-brochure-coverWelcome 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.

1. States Notch Multiple Equal Pay Victories in 2017

Voters are fed up with the persistent gender pay gap, and many state legislators are listening. In 2015 and 2016 dozens of legislatures proposed and enacted bills and laws addressing pay inequality. In 2017 a whopping 42 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., offered legislative solutions to the gender pay gap. While not all of these bills passed, this growing activity shows that red, blue, and purple states realize that the pay gap is real and that something needs to be done about it.

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Image link: https://www.aauw.org/files/2017/09/2017-Equal-Pay-Day-on-the-Hill.jpg
Image caption and ALT text: AAUW staff and interns rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Equal Pay Day 2017.

2. Gender & Racial Pay Gaps for 25 Major U.S. Cities

(note: content including shareables and an embeddable interactive map will be published on Monday, December 11. Stay tuned to the AAUW news feed or Facebook feed for the release of this data. We will specifically work with branches in the 25 cities analyzed to add the map and related content to your websites.)

The gender pay gap is a real and consistent problem, which is all too apparent when we examine the data on the earnings of men and women. No matter how you break down the numbers—by state, by age, by education, or by occupation—the gap is substantial. And cities are not immune to this problem, as our new analysis shows.

AAUW has analyzed the pay gap faced by women of different races and ethnicities in 25 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The analysis revealed that there is a substantial gender pay gap in all 25 cities, with even larger gaps for black and Hispanic women.

3. AAUW Annual Art Contest 

(note: related 2018 webpages to be updated on Friday, December 15)








Showcase your talent by entering this exciting annual art competition. The six winning entries will be featured in a collection of note cards mailed to AAUW members in the spring.

Find out more about this year’s art contest.

Image link: https://www.aauw.org/files/2016/01/Sunny-Days-and-Garden-Maze-by-Carol-Dingman-e1489678516364.jpg
Image caption and ALT text: 2017 contest winner “Sunny Days and Garden Maze” by Carol Dingman.

4. You’re Going to Be Hearing about These Fearless Campus Leaders






Every year AAUW selects 10 college student leaders committed to gender equity to serve on the national Student Advisory Council (SAC). This year’s SAC members are LGBT rights leaders, engineers, student government presidents, first-generation college students, and more.
These students advise AAUW on the needs of college students, take on campus activism projects and community outreach to AAUW student organizations, and gain valuable résumé-building experience. Participants also serve as peer mentors for other aspiring student leaders during AAUW’s annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).

Who are these remarkable feminist student leaders? This year’s SAC members are LGBT rights leaders, engineers, student government presidents, first-generation college students, and more.

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Image caption and ALT text: Members of the 2017-18 AAUW National Student Advisory Council (SAC)

4 Tips to Negotiating for the Salary and Benefits You’re Worth

At AAUW we’re moving the needle on the gender pay gap through our innovative research, powerful advocacy, and salary negotiation programs for women across the country. You can sign up for a workshop near you, but in the meantime here are four tips for you. Ready to get paid what you’re worth? Follow these four steps to successfully negotiate your salary and benefits package. Read more.

5. Upcoming AAUW National Events

Skill-Training Webinars for Members

Skill-training webinars are an easy way to learn strategies and techniques that can help your branch grow and give leaders the confidence they need to take on new challenges.

Join us on January 9 for a discussion on how to raise funds from businesses and individuals in your community for Fundraising from Other Pockets and on February 13, learn how to welcome and engage a diverse membership with the Inclusion and Equity Committee.

Register for one training or more

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Image caption and ALT text: Members of the 2017-18 AAUW National Student Advisory Council (SAC)

Apply for AAUW’s Fellowships and Grants Today!

2014-2015 AAUW International Fellow Petreena Campbell pursued her Ph.D. in Pharmacology.

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. Follow in the footsteps of award-winning authors, scientists, scholars, and change makers. Apply today!