Welcome to the AAUW Honolulu (HI) Branch

AAUW Honolulu 2020 Undergraduate Student Academic Scholarship applications are now being accepted — for more information click here.


Interested in engaging in elections and the legislative process? Join us for next month’s Talk Story Tuesday!

Find out more about elections and legislative process with our partners, Common Cause and Kuleana Academy!

Our guests include:

  • Sandy Ma, Common Cause
  • Gary Hooser, Kuleana Academy

All ages welcome!

Please contact us if you have any mobility issues or will require special accommodations to participate. Parking and/or other accommodations can typically be provided upon request.

WHEN: March 10, 2020 ~ 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: The Plaza Club, Pioneer Plaza, 900 Fort St Mall, 20th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813 — in The Board Room

Parking for Plaza Club $3.75 in Pioneer Plaza after 5PM; entrance for parking at Pioneer Plaza is on Merchant Street. Nearby municipal lots, $3. Street parking may be available.

RSVP here!


Get Ready For April’s Book Discussion Group — A Biography of the First Female secretary of labor, Frances Perkins

Enjoy pupus by the water and engage in dynamic conversation about The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage, by Kirstin Downey. (Please note that the author will not be at the event.)

Cheryl Williams, who does walking tours of Washington, D.C., will lead our gathering. Cheryl will provide a narrative about Francis Perkins from her tour!

One of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s closest friends and the first female secretary of labor, Frances Perkins capitalized on the president’s political savvy and popularity to enact most of the Depression-era programs that are today considered essential parts of the country’s social safety network.

Frances Perkins is no longer a household name, yet she was one of the most influential women of the twentieth century. Based on eight years of research, extensive archival materials, new documents, and exclusive access to Perkins’s family members and friends, this biography is the first complete portrait of a devoted public servant with a passionate personal life, a mother who changed the landscape of American business and society.

Frances Perkins was named Secretary of Labor by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. As the first female cabinet secretary, she spearheaded the fight to improve the lives of America’s working people while juggling her own complex family responsibilities. Perkins’s ideas became the cornerstones of the most important social welfare and legislation in the nation’s history, including unemployment compensation, child labor laws, and the forty-hour work week.

Arriving in Washington at the height of the Great Depression, Perkins pushed for massive public works projects that created millions of jobs for unemployed workers. She breathed life back into the nation’s labor movement, boosting living standards across the country. As head of the Immigration Service, she fought to bring European refugees to safety in the United States. Her greatest triumph was creating Social Security.

Written with a wit that echoes Frances Perkins’s own, award-winning journalist Kirstin Downey gives us a riveting exploration of how and why Perkins slipped into historical oblivion, and restores Perkins to her proper place in history.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

WHERE: Waikiki Yacht Club (1599 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814), ask for Mary Ann Eichorn when checking in

RSVP here!

Pupus hosted by AAUW Honolulu
No host cocktails (bring cash for drink purchases)


Get Work Smart at Wahine Working Smart!
Learn What Your Rights Are as an Employee and How To Negotiate Your Next Raise!

Interested in negotiating a better salary and taking charge of your professional development Join us for a FREE career advancement and WorkSmart salary negotiation skills workshop for women!

This seminar will cover:

  • Knowing your rights under Hawaii’s 2019 Equal Pay Law
  • WorkSmart salary negotiation skills training
  • Developing your executive presence
  • Maximizing your professional network

This event will include morning refreshments and a complimentary lunch.

Space is limited — RSVP now!

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2020, 9 am – 1 pm
WHERE: Impact Hub, 1050 Queen St., Ste. 100

RSVP here!


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AAUW’s Start Smart and Work Smart programs are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits packages. By learning strategies and practicing effective language, participants gain valuable skills they can use throughout their lives — well beyond their next negotiation.

Click here to contact the AAUW Honolulu Start Smart coordinator for more information about how you can participate in the program locally!

Click here to learn more about the Start Smart program and how to participate as a facilitator, ambassador, campus or participant.