Advancing gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

Through AAUW San Jose you will be able to

  • Support equity and education for women and girls
  • Advocate for societal change
  • Connect with your community

Create new friendships through interest groups

Per guidance issued on March 16, 2020 by our county and city leaders, gatherings of 10 or more people are not allowed until April 7 except for those specified in the ordinance issued. This will curtail AAUW San Jose activities, and similar guidance from the governor and CDC has caused the AAUW CA Convention to be cancelled for now. 

Please refer to the official information contained here:

Stay safe and well.

Local Scholarship Award Applications Available March 1

To all applicants: in light of school closures, we are suspending the deadline for applications until sometime after schools re-open.

Applicants should check with their schools to make sure no offices are open for administrative duties such as mailing of transcripts, and that it is not possible to contact teachers to request letters of recommendation. If it is not possible to contact transcript office or instructors, no applicant will be penalized.  When schools eventually re-open we will be in touch with applicants, asking them to resume the application process and setting new deadlines for the various documents required.  

San Jose Local Scholarship awards are granted to women whose permanent home address is in Campbell, Milpitas, San Jose or Santa Clara; who have completed two full years at an accredited college or university, and have been accepted for enrollment in a four-year college or university at the third-year level in the fall of 2020; and who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications for 2020 Local Scholarship awards will be accepted from midnight on March 1 until 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020. The application can be accessed here.  Or you can download/print and complete the application: 2020 Local Scholarship Application.

Grants are based on significance of educational goals, scholastic achievements, merits of the application and an interview with members of the Local Scholarship Committee. Please encourage friends and family members who meet the eligibility requirements to apply. Any questions should be directed to Margaret Bard.

Third Wednesday Program
Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism and Advocacy for All
April 15 – 7 pm — 8:30 pm
(Online Meeting)

Is there any question that change is needed? You can be the change! In an environment where we all may be constantly angry, upset, overwhelmed or anxious, Elisa Camahort Page’s bestselling book, Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All, was designed to help people build their own personal road map to make advocacy and change making sustainable and fulfilling lifelong pursuits.

Best known as the co-founder and COO of women’s media company BlogHer, Inc., Elisa is also the founding CEO of Cygnus, a data visualization tool for candidates and causes. She will describe her guiding principle, “Innovation + Empathy > Innovation + Efficiency,” as outlined in her book.

This will be a online meeting via Free Conference Call – please join a few minutes before 7 pm so we can start on time. We recommend that you join from your computer (with a speaker and microphone) so that you can see the presentation, but you can also participate and listen to the presentation via phone. To RSVP and for instructions to join the meeting, please contact Jean Reed.

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration

August, 26, 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, where women took their rightful place in the voting booth. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution establishing the Woman’s Equality 2020 Leadership Council, of which Sharon Bouska from our Branch is a member. The first county-wide task force met November 14, 2018, where over 40 leaders from the community began an introductory session to plan what a centennial celebration would look like. For more about the council and a schedule of upcoming meetings, see the link on the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy website: Woman’s Equality 2020 Leadership Council. You can also check our BONFIRE newsletter for updates from our AAUW San Jose member on the Council, Sharon Bouska.

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