The American Association of University Women

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. Since the first meeting of 17 women in 1881, AAUW has been breaking through educational and economic barriers for women and girls. Today, AAUW has nearly 100,000 members and a nationwide community that includes 1,000 branches and 500 college and university partners, as well as thousands of members who are not branch affiliated. Together, we provide networking, advocacy, and action that contribute to a more promising future for women and girls.

AAUW, Melrose-Wakefield Branch

We are a local branch of AAUW organized in 1959. The purpose of this branch is to unite the alumnae of colleges and universities for practical educational work, to increase their influence in  the community for the solution of social and civic problems, to participate in the development and promotion of the policies and programs of the national AAUW organization, to contribute to its growth and influence, and to cooperate in state and regional work. The branch awards two scholarships annually to deserving women students, the Branch Scholarship and the Goldblith Scholarship. The Melrose-Wakefield Area Branch includes members from north suburban communities.

Monthly Events

Our branch meets regularly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from October through May at 7PM, with refreshments served first. Most of our meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church, 645 Main Street, Melrose, MA. The public is always welcome to attend our events!

Executive Board


The Board meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7PM. All members are welcome to attend. President and Secretary of the Month must attend the Board meeting preceding the month in which they are presiding.

President: varies each month
Secretary: varies each month
Program Vice Presidents: Monique Barnum, Alison Burke, Rose Dittmer
Membership Materials/Outreach: Nancy McLellan,  Susan Murray
Treasurer: Nancy McLellan, Susan Murray
Educational Foundation:
Legal Advocacy Fund: Karen Gareis


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