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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) provides support and leadership in equity and equality issues within higher education as well as the larger society. Members of the association include women, men, and institutions that share an interest in removing discrimination and inequality as barriers to the educational, employment, and social opportunities open to women and girls. In advancing its efforts, the AAUW publishes reports, offers professional development, supports research and educational activities, advocates for community and political activities, and works to pass legislation. Following a description of the association's history, this entry provides more details on the AAUW's activities.

History and Structure

The origins of AAUW date back to 1881, when 15 alumnae from eight colleges joined together to create an organization called the Association ...

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