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

AAUW San Jose Fall Gathering and Kick-Off
for Members and Invited Guests
Saturday, September 14

9:30 – 11:30 am
First Congregational Church
1980 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose (corner of Leigh and Hamilton)

Meet Tech Trek campers, Local Scholarship winners, one of our attendees to the National Conference of Collegiate Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) and hear Women’s Equality Leadership Commission 2020 Leader Sharon Bouska enlighten us in the history (and future) of universal women’s suffrage. She has the inside track on exciting events coming up to recognize the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Third Wednesday Program
USElessPLASTIC: Rethinking Recycling
September 18 – 7 pm
AAUW San Jose Headquarters

1165 Minnesota Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
5 pm – pre-program showing of the 2016 documentary “Plastic China”

Scene from the documentary film “Plastic China”

Did you know we are dumping a garbage truck’s worth of plastic waste into our oceans every single minute? Added to that, our feeble recycling systems have finally broken, leading US states to pile up, landfill, or burn plastic “recyclables.” But it doesn’t have to be that way! Come to USElessPLASTIC, a fun, practical program that will show you how to make easy changes to phase out single-use plastic in your world. USElessPLASTIC examines the scope and reach of the single-use plastics crisis and examines what we can learn from the past, from other cultures, and from the zero waste movement.

This inspirational program will be presented by Rachelle Grabowski, a neighbor who is a plastics educator and zero waste advocate. For additional background, join us beforehand at 5 pm to watch the 2016 documentary “Plastic China” by filmmaker Jiu-liang Wang, which illustrates the lives of those who scrape by, sorting plastic waste. Bring a sack dinner – in a reusable container, of course! Contact Jean Reed with questions.   

Open House for Prospective Members
Saturday, September 28th, 10 am – noon
AAUW San Jose Headquarters
1165 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125

Come join us and learn about our branch’s social, advocacy and community giving over coffee, tea and breakfast snacks. Formal presentation will begin at 10:15 a.m. RSVP via email to or by phone at 408-294-2430 (RSVP requested, but not mandatory for accommodation).

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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