The national AAUW spring election will be April 7 – May 17 this year.
Included in this ballot is a proposal to Open Membership and eliminate the educational requirement for membership. The AAUW Board is bringing this proposal forward again, since “while the degree requirement made perfect sense at AAUW’s inception, this requirement is now counter to our mission, and limits our ability to build the capacity to increase our impact as an organization.”
AAUW of North Carolina’s Board of Directors has approved the following statement encouraging all AAUW members in North Carolina to vote in favor of this amendment to the AAUW bylaws:
The AAUW NC Board of Directors strongly supports the recommended Bylaws amendments regarding membership eligibility in AAUW and encourages all state members to vote in favor of the amendment.
The proposed bylaw change for national AAUW states:
of AAUW membership.
AAUW’s mission is to advance gender equity, yet the current requirement for membership explicitly denies membership to those without a college degree. Maintaining exclusionary membership requirements does not promote equity for all women and girls. We must change this now.
Kim Churches, AAUW CEO, will be the opening speaker for the Friday evening session of our Annual Meeting, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. In addition, AAUW NC has scheduled a Town Hall for members on Wednesday evening, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. for questions and discussion about AAUW issues.