About Us

A Brief History

The American Association of University Women was founded in 1881, when popular wisdom held that higher education impaired women’s health. With more than 150,000 members in over 1,500 branches nationwide, AAUW is a powerful voice for women and girls. AAUW members are of diverse ages, cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, and professions.

The Torrance Branch was chartered in 1968. For over 30 years, our members have worked for equity and education for all women and girls in our community.  Currently, we have 80 members living in 15 cities.

Mission Statement

The American Association of University Women promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change.

Diversity Statement

In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.