About

AAUW Empowers Women

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.

The motto of the national arm of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) says it all: “Empowering women since 1881.” State and local chapters took a few years longer to organize, but in 1894, the Duluth branch of AAUW came into being.

In 2018, AAUW Duluth has about a hundred members from all over the Northland—but primarily from Duluth—with backgrounds in engineering, teaching, public relations, art, medicine, law, social work, marketing, farming, library science, and counselling, among others. It’s a group that values and promotes diversity and believes in networking and giving back to the community.

Please note that the name AAUW is a bit of a misnomer. Many people think AAUW is open only to women working in a university. But actually, anyone can join if they have an associate (or equivalent), baccalaureate, or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university


Mission Statement:

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy.

AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership.


AAUW Duluth is involved in:
  • Advocacy and public policy action
  • Get out the vote
  • Pay equity
  • Scholarship awards
  • STEM
  • Collaborations

Duluth Branch’s History:

Miss Anna Hare, a teacher at a private boarding school for girls,
attended a national AAUW convention in 1892. On her return she
organized the Duluth Branch in 1894. The school later closed and the
Branch was disbanded. The Duluth Branch was again organized in 1901
with 28 members under the leadership of Mrs. Linus Kline. (Our earliest
members never used their first names!)

The Duluth Branch members have worked over the years to provide leadership
and programs in areas such as gender equity, workshops for girls on career
opportunities, and sharing research done on women’s issues.

Providing scholarships for post Baccalaureate study has been an ongoing
project for many years. Our Branch meetings are a good place to network and
enjoy the company of some of the most interesting women in Duluth.


Join Us

Our 170,000 members and supporters span local and virtual communities, cities and college campuses, all over the world. On campuses, we foster the next generation of women in leadership and in the workplace. After graduation, we mentor, fund, and support educational and professional development. From college through career and beyond, we’re working to change the future.

Contact Kate Baldwin  for more information and membership options:
(218) 481-7522   kate.mary.baldwin@gmail.com