AAUW Honolulu has a long history of local scholarship giving to support undergraduate and graduate education for women in Hawaii. We also support the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), for member student leaders, where attendees develop their leadership skills, networks, and ambition at this acclaimed, intensive three-day conference held annually in Washington, D.C.
STATE LEVEL ADVOCACY
AAUW has a robust member adopted public policy platform, which we advocate for to advance equity for women and girls nationally. AAUW Honolulu pursues a state level advocacy program to effect change here in Hawaii.
AAUW Honolulu is committed to providing leadership development opportunities to both the general public and its members. Currently we manage several signature AAUW programs and offer leadership development workshops, trainings and programs for our members throughout the year. We also support our affiliate student organization AAUW Students at Manoa (AAUW-SM – affectionately pronounced awesome!) Our two signature leadership programs are:
$tart $mart is a program that prepares college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits. Remember, one year after graduation, women earn just 82 percent of what their male counterparts earn, and the gender wage gap widens over the next 10 years, according to AAUW research. Negotiating salaries is a challenge for women at all stages of their careers because women are less likely than men to ask for the pay they deserve. These workshops empower college women to overcome the gender wage gap and teach them to benchmark and negotiate for a fair and equitable salary when they enter the job market.
Elect Her teaches leaders the skills they need to run for student government. Women are still underrepresented in elected and appointed office, and studies show that if women are encouraged from a young age to engage in programs like student government, they are more likely to run for office later in life. This program successfully increases the number of women who are involved in making decisions that affect all students on campus. These student leaders are also introduced to a national network of women who are running for and holding public offices. The University of Hawaii, Manoa has been selected as an Elect Her site.
Check out the Leadership Committee for more information and to get involved here. If you are interested in becoming a trained facilitator for $tart $mart or would like to help recruit workshop sites, contact the $tart $mart coordinator for details.
WOMEN AND GIRLS IN STEM
Despite making strides in other professions, women still are underrepresented in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and this is especially noticeable in the Engineering and Computing fields. AAUW Honolulu hosts an AAUW signature program called Tech Savvy, which is a day-long STEM career conference for sixth- through ninth-grade girls — and it includes their families in the discussion!
Check out the STEM Committee for more information and to get involved here.
SUPPORT THE AAUW GENERAL FUND
The AAUW General Fund serves as the incubator in the early stages of many of AAUW’s most successful programs, such as our STEM Camps (Tech Trek & Tech Savvy). We dedicate a certain amount of our budget annually to support this Fund and are currently supporting the Charting the Course campaign.
We encourage members to donate unrestricted funds to AAUW. Another great option is becoming a member of the Legacy Circle.
SUPPORT AAUW HONOLULU BRANCH MEMBERS
What would the Branch be without its members? One of our strengths is the diversity of our membership. We have members from all walks of life and members representing a wide range of ages from twenty-somethings to members in their 80’s.
We provide mission based meetings to engage with AAUW research and ideas as well as meet other members. We host opportunities for members to connect with each other in relaxed settings.