The purpose of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls,
through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.



AAUW Of Utah Branches

Click on the name of the branch for more information about their meetings and other activities, as well as contacts.

Brigham City

St. George

Next Meeting: Monday, September 8, 11:30 a.m.

Marriott Courtyard Inn,

Follow above link for more information

Salt Lake City

Next Meeting:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

10:00 am – 12 pm

Sprague Library

Women and Education: Utah’s Best Practices, Mary Ann Holladay


 Wasatch Branch

Next Meeting:

Monday, September 8, 6:30 pm

at Cottonwood Presbyterian Church, 1580 East Vine Street(6100 South)

 LAF Fundraiser: Soup and Salad Dinner, Mixer, and Kick-Off Meeting

AAUW Of Utah Officers

Co-President: Marilyn Shearer

Co-President:  Pamela Wootten

Secretary: Ann Bjorklund

Treasurer: Barbara Nielsen

Membership VP: Claire Turner


Kathy Boyer


STEM Coordinator: Sue Nissen


Historian: Maxine Haggerty


Projects Liaison: Janet Bunger










San Diego is calling!  AAUW Utah is encouraging members to attend the AAUW National Convention in San Diego, June 18 – 21, 2015.   To make it easier for members to attend, we plan to conduct our spring general meeting electronically.  Save your travel dollars, register for the national convention, make your room reservations, plan your travel, and let’s get together in San Diego with the other amazing women of our wonderful organization. 

Meanwhile, our branches are planning a year of interesting meetings, worthwhile service projects, and fun filled get-togethers.   Our College and University partners are mentoring our young women, organizing student clubs and planning for the next NCCWSL Conference.   The program schedules are listed on the branch websites. 

Looking back, we have had a good year, which finished with the following:


Our 2014 AAUW Utah Convention in St. George afforded a wonderful opportunity for those in the north to get to know the St. George Branch members.  Attendees were treated to a lovely evening with delicious food graciously prepared and served by the members in a comfortable, welcoming home overlooking the beautiful landscape east of St. George.   Our business meeting included a revision of our Bylaws and reports from the state supported activities.  Our Convention speakers, Amy Blackwell, an AAUW Director, and MaryAnn Holladay, Director of Utah Women and Education Initiative, and our panels on scholarships and how to run for office brought home our commitment to the mission of AAUW.  

Figure 1AAUW Director Amy Blackwell speaking to the 2014 State Convention

AAUW Utah was well represented at The 2014 AAUW Western Regional Conference in Reno, NV.  Patricia Fa Ho, AAUW President and a Utah Wasatch branch dual member, who attended our own AAUW Utah convention last year, graciously welcomed her friends from Utah, and gave the AAUW perspective going forward.  Lisa Matz, AAUW’s top policy advisor, gave us the inside scoop on the legislative process of shepherding AAUW’s mission related bills through the national legislative process.   AAUW Utah’s presentation on the Utah Women Artists Exhibition was one of the highlights of the Conference, and was beautifully prepared and presented by Sue Nissen and Kathy Horvat.   (We are already planning the next Exhibition for spring of 2016.)


Figure 2 Wasatch Branch AAUW member Sue Nissen presenting to the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference


Supporters include Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks

Utah Division of Arts and Museums



 To see all of the award winners check out the Exhibition’s Facebook Page !


For information, contact


Last Updated

August 14, 2014





Our first $tart $mart workshop was held at the University of Utah in February 2014 as part of U Saves Week, cosponsored by AAUW of Utah and the ASUU Personal Money Management Center.  The main goal of the workshop is “to empower women with knowledge and skills, so they can be prepared to go into a world of wages,” according to Sally Hofflemeyer-Katz, a trained $tart $mart facilitator from Wasatch Branch.  More workshops are in the planning stages.


Utah has two STEM based camps.  AWE+SUM Camp in June at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and eSmart Camp in July at Dixie State University in St. George.  Attendance was up at both camps in 2014, with excellent instruction from faculty and outstanding support from the branches.  These are continuing programs supported by AAUW Utah branches each year.


AAUW Utah supports Real Women Run, a non-partisan group of amazing politically active women who provide education, training and support for Utah women who are interested in running for public office.   The trainings also include information for campaign managers and other support people.


AAUW Utah supports the Utah Women Artists Exhibition, a unique event started by AAUW members in 1982, and now independently funded and managed by the UWAE trustees, with support from AAUW Utah, the AAUW branches in the state, and the public and private sectors.  This juried biennial event is an excellent venue for Utah women artists.  The 2013 Exhibition featured 74 works selected from 218 entries


Elect Her–Campus Women Win, the only national program that trains college women to run for student government and future office, heads to Utah State University In the fall of 2014.   88 percent of Elect Her participants in colleges and universities across the country won their bids for student government president.  The American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start expanded their five year partnership to bring the program to 50 colleges and universities, including 17 new sites in 2014.  Elect Her trainings, which first debuted on nine campuses, will take place in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and Jamaica in 2014.  AAUW Utah assisted in gaining this important training for Utah State University.


Our NCCWSL experience:  Three college students from the AAUW student club at Weber State attended the NCCWSL conference in 2014.  Weber State has sent girls to NCCWSL for several years.  One of the highlights of the 2014 conference of over 1,000 young women college students was the on-stage discussion with Chelsea Clinton

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Salt Lake Branch AAUW Member Op Ed published in the

Salt Lake Tribune

Maxine Haggerty, a member of the Salt Lake City Branch, had an editorial in the Sunday Salt Lake Tribune, October 13, on the importance of equal pay for women to everyone.   Read it here.