If you live in Cobb County, GA, and believe in equity of opportunity for women and girls, have a desire to assist women and families in your community, and want to learn more about the issues affecting the lives of women of all ages in the home, workplace, public schools and on college and university campuses, then join the AAUW Cobb branch.
General membership meetings are held monthly in Cobb County libraries or other venues. At these meetings, we learn about advocacy issues, problems at public schools, and the status of women and girls in our own community. We listen and explore ways we can help or advocate at the ballot box. Through our 8th Grade Girls Essay Contest, we strive to motivate girls to enter STEM fields. We also work closely with our AAUW student affiliate at Kennesaw State University, offering the support and mentoring needed for their concerns about equity and life on campus. We also offer them opportunity to attend AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Leaders and a chance to win one of our scholarships. Our advocacy and philanthropic mission extends to collecting food donations for women and families in need if assistance. We also collaborate with other NGOs on common issues, believing that advocacy numbers bring greater change.
The branch also has special interest groups that meet monthly and offer fun, camaraderie, and intellectual stimulation: Book Discussion Group, Roving Gourmet (dinner out), Magic Movie Night, and special trips for cultural events are always a part of the enjoyment of being an AAUW Cobb member.
How we are funded:
Cobb branch philanthropic and scholarship funds come primarily from our annual Bookfair, a collaboration with two other AAUW branches in Georgia. We work together all year to collect, clean, sort and price used books in a central bookroom before the fall event. AAUW members and volunteers work different shifts all week to make the fair a success.
Our 2016 Bookfair will be held at Perimeter Mall from September 26 – October 2. Details are on the www.aauwbookfair.org for Atlanta GA.
A picture of our 56th annual Bookfair, held in September 2015 is on this website’s Photo Album page. We also raise funds at an annual wine-tasting event where raffle gift baskets, ask for donations from patrons for our scholarship fund, and lobby for new members.
Sample of AAUW Research
Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education
AAUW released the most comprehensive analysis to date on trends in educational achievement by gender, race/ethnicity, and income. The report, Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education, presents a comprehensive look at girls’ educational achievement during the past 35 years, paying special attention to the relationship between girls’ and boys’ progress.
This report shows that girls and boys from the fourth grade through the end of college are making steady educational gains. It is also the first report to analyze gender differences within economic and ethnic categories.
Copies can be downloaded for free from http://aauw.org