About Us

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls.  AAUW has a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institutional partners.  Since AAUW’s founding 130 years ago, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day—educational, social, economic, and political.  AAUW’s commitment to educational equity is reflected in our public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships, and international connections.
Our Thousand Oaks branch, organized in 1966, works toward this mission via several ongoing committees and special projects, as follows:

 

Brighter Horizons:

The Brighter Horizons Math, Science and Technology Conference will take place on March 8th, 2014  at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.  Brighter Horizons is a Saturday morning event where students in 5th to 9th grades take part in workshops that relate to currently important technological career options. These workshops are led by local women in technology-related vocations and include hands-on activities that help to build the students’ interest in math and science.  We hope to encourage the students to consider careers in technological fields.
Last time, in March 2012, students learned about robots that went to Mars, the stars in the sky, how to create a website, how to make a golden penny and much more. Seven hundred boys and girls were there. This coming year will be even better with more and different workshops. Check out our website for more info.

Tech Trek:

The Tech Trek Committee works toward the goal of annually sending 10 girls who have just completed 7th grade to a one-week summer experience at UC Santa Barbara consisting of many courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) all taught by women.   On February 2, 2013, the girls who attended the 2012 summer Tech Trek Camp at UCSB shared their experiences.We also saw a slide show of the Camp presented by Ms. Susan Pease. This event demonstrated how important (and in many cases, life changing) the Tech Trek experience is for the lucky young girls who have the opportunity to experience it. For more information or scholarship donations, contact Mangala Holt-Patel .

 

Public Policy:

Our Branch keeps its eye on both national and local policies, especially those impacting women’s lives. This year, “Get Out The Vote” is our highest priority. We will be encouraging women through a variety of venues to exercise their right to vote. Check back here for those upcoming programs.
This committee recently completed a Title IX Compliance Report on girls in sports at our local high schools. Other pending legislation is being reviewed to see if we can ensure equity for women and girls in every aspect of their lives.  June 23, 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Click here for some information about it.Ten Facts About Title IX or you may be interested in Ten Facts about Sports under Title IX

 

Women in History:

Twenty years ago, Sandy Hindy, a former AAUW-Thousand Oaks member, had a conversation with her daughter in which it became clear her daughter believed that girls became nurses and only boys could become doctors.  Determined to show her daughter girls could become whatever they set their minds to, Sandy sat down and wrote five monologues which told the stories of five notable women.  One of them was Elizabeth Blackwell, America’s first woman doctor.  Sandy went on to portray the five women at her daughter’s school, one each day of the week, during Women’s History Month in March. Her daughter has gone on to become a doctor. And our Branch continues to have its members and students present monologues at area schools during Women’s History Month.

We have written 92 monologues to date, 45 of which have been published in 3 volumes of Profiles of Women:  Past and Present (15 monologues/volume). scholarships. Proceeds from the sale of these books go toward AAUW Funds.
See Shopping to the right for ordering. Contact Marianne Escaron or Donna Langley for more information.

 

Meet Us

Come to  Coffee and Chat on the first Saturday of every month, 9AM at the Side Street Cafe’, 996 Lawrence Drive, Newbury Park. This is a great way to find out about AAUW and membership, make new friends and keep in touch with other members. For more information, contact Narda Fargotstein.

For more information about the National or California State AAUW, check out the AAUW or AAUW-CA website.