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

The upstairs of our Headquarters is a business space and is for lease!
Downtown Willow Glen–click here for more info.

Scroll down for upcoming meetings and events!

Being a member in 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

Nationally, AAUW began in 1881 as a networking group of a few women college graduates, rare as they were at that time. Since then, and today, AAUW’s mission is to advance gender and pay equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.  Scroll down to see donation opportunities, informative programs and our ‘Coffee and Conversation’ open house events!
Who May Join? Membership is open to anyone who holds an associate college degree or higher. Students working toward a qualifying degree may become student affiliates.
Donations are accepted anytime to our four 501c3 Community Action Projects, below.

Local Scholarship                  Gifts for Teens


     Tech Trek                    Neighbors Helping Neighbors


Events and Meetings

We have many interest groups, four 501(c)3 Community Action Projects and an active Public Policy/Advocacy group. Check out our activities calendar, the activities below and events on our Facebook page.

2023-2024 Fall Gathering
September 30, 2023 10 am to noon
Willow Glen United Methodist Church
1420 Newport (Newport & Minnesota Ave)

Please join us for this year’s Fall Gathering and invite those who may be interested in joining AAUW San Jose.  It will be great to gather in person again this year. As always, we will have Interest Group, Community Action Project and Public Policy representatives available to discuss what their group does and how you might want to participate.  Local Scholarship Scholars will speak on how the scholarship supports them and their field of interest—we just had our AAUW San Jose Scholars Reunion on 7/29, and believe me, these are incredible women!  Our keynote topic is: ‘We Are AAUW: Past, Present and Future,” exploring the gifts we all bring to AAUW San Jose, the challenges we continue face, the contributions we make to our community and the legacy we are building. We will have coffee and morning munchies.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 1:30pm -3pm on ZOOM
Kelly Weisberg, Certified Mindfulness Instructor

Kelly WeisbergStress is everywhere in our modern lives. We are overwhelmed by work, family, relationships, and even the television news! Stress leads us to feel anxious and depressed.  It contributes to sleeplessness and loss of appetite or overeating.  While we can’t control what happens around us, we can control how we respond to stress. Mindfulness teaches us techniques for stress management.  Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on moment-to-moment experience without self-criticism and with acceptance.  For further information, contact Kelly Weisberg at or

Click here on October 18 at 1:30 pm to attend the Zoom session.

Coffee and Conversation
Saturday, October 28, 10 am to noon
1165 Minnesota Ave., SJ, 95125

Coffee & Conversation for all—-Prospective & New Members especially welcome!
Please come to our informal, fun morning get-together. For new and prospective members, we will cover the highlights of what AAUW San Jose Branch has to offer you: community involvement, advocacy for women and girls, support for education, and interest groups to form new friendships!

Past meetings

AAUW California President Sandi Gabe
Wednesday, August 16, 5:30 pm

We had a great kickoff to our  Wednesday, 8/16 at 5:30 pm for the events and programs for this fiscal year with AAUW California President, Sandi Gabe, who joined us in person to let us know of exciting happenings at the state level. We held a hybrid event (online and in person) at our Headquarters at 1155 Minnesota, SJ (next to the Willow Glen Library).

AAUW San Jose 2023 Scholars Celebration
Saturday, July 29, 2023
10 am to noon

AAUW San Jose Headquarters
1165 Minnesota Ave., San Jose

This year we awarded over $120,000 in scholarships to 22 deserving women finishing the last two years of a four degree. each recipient has an amazing story of perseverance pursuing their education,  come meet them and other members of our branch at this special Coffee and Conversation event!

AAUW San Jose Headquarters is located next to the Willow Glen Library–look for the blue house with the redwood trees.  We can meet on our back porch and in the parking lot (weather permitting).  Shade will be provided if needed and we are outside. 

Community Awareness of Financial Fraud
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 2pm
1165 Minnesota Ave., San Jose

If you have access to a computer, a smartphone, or landline, you can learn how to protect your personal information if you become a victim. The presentation will be 45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions and answers and will include the following:

-a review of red flags
-common scams
-fraud/elder fraud
-If a victim, what you can do|
-Financial crimes (internet/pandemic)

A Window to the World: Liberia
Monday, Feb 20th,  9:30  am
Zoom or Hybrid at HQ

This year, the Exploring World Literature interest group is reading books about and by famous women.  January’s subject is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and the first female president of Liberia, just after a civil war. Also joining us will be member Diane Trombetta, who lived in Liberia as a teenager, and whose essay is included in a new book called, “Never the Same Again: Life, Service and Friendship in Liberia.”  We invite members who don’t belong to this interest group to join us on Monday January 16th at 9:30 am either on Zoom or at AAUW HQ.  If you are interested, please email for the Zoom link.

Annual Fall Gathering, Saturday, October 29, 10 am – noon
Willow Glen United Methodist Church Hall
Corner of Minnesota and Newport (across from AAUW San Jose)

Each Fall, AAUW San Jose kicks off its year of activities with a Fall Gathering, showcasing our various interest groups, highlighting accomplishments of our Community Action Projects and presenting a topic of current interest.

Ever struggle to understand the implications of a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ vote on California’s ballot propositions? This year, our Public Policy Committee presented their ‘Proposition Exposition’–a non-partisan short-and-sweet review of the seven propositions on the November 8 ballot, who’s supporting each side, and where the money behind them was coming from.  many friends came to this ever-popular event!  Masks were optional, but welcome. Refreshments were outside, the event was inside. 

See other past programs here.

Public Policy and Advocacy

AAUW is non-partisan, but not values neutral.  Join our Public Policy and Advocacy group and Take Action on Public Policy

Learn more about AAUW’s research-informed Public Policy here.

Do you know about Equal Pay and your rights?  Read this publication by the Women’s Bureau of a brief on the causes of the gender wage gap, including new statistics and analyses of gender and racial wage gaps, and a second brief on salary history bans legislation that prohibit employers from asking about prior salaries as a way to promote equal pay includes historic information on equal pay legislation and policymaking, salary history bans’ benefits and design and other policies for closing the gender wage gap.