The AAUW Educational Foundation has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, the Educational Foundation is providing $4.5 million in funding for more than 250 fellowships, grants, and special awards to outstanding women in the 2008-09 academic year. Due to the generous contributions of AAUW members across the U.S., a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities – breaking down barriers so all women have a fair chance.
AAUW Educational Foundation has also been at the forefront of research on issues of women and education for decades. In 1992 AAUW published How Schools Shortchange Girls, a report that launched a decade of activism on gender equity in education.
Since that time AAUW has published reports on topics including girls in science, sex discrimination in academia, women and online learning, sexual harassment in schools, the impact of Title IX, Latinas in schools, and single-sex education among others.
Within the AAUW Educational Foundation is the Legal Advocacy Fund. LAF works to combat sex discrimination through community and campus outreach programs, a resource library and online advocacy tools, and various research reports. In collaboration with the Public Policy and Government Relations department, LAF seeks amicus curiae opportunities in cases of discrimination that disadvantage women in the workplace. LAF is also transitioning toward supporting landmark sex discrimination cases that have the potential to make a difference for all women.