The Columbia Branch of AAUW was formed in October 5, 1907. From the beginning, the Branch emphasized scholarship, vocational guidance, child welfare work and educational activities.
The Columbia Branch along with AAUW at the state level became a very vocal presence. At its 1951 state convention AAUW went on record as urging its branches to help end segregation in public schools. Throughout the rest of the decade, women in AAUW branches, included Columbia, worked to support mental health and school appropriations, revise child welfare laws and establish a Missouri law requiring equal pay for equal work.
AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work:
- Public Policy Advocacy
- Community Programs
- Voter Education Campaign
- Leadership Development
- Conventions and Conferences
- Diversity Initiatives
- International Connections
We are a diverse group with varied backgrounds and interests. Our membership includes students, new graduates, established professionals and retired women still active in the community. “ By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so all women have a fair chance.”