Kayla Martin-Yvette Wernick-Michaela TaylorLauren Shakleford and MWelcome to the website of the Ann Arbor Branch of AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women)!

Visitors are welcome at all our Branch meetings. For more information about meeting times and locations, visit the Programs page or contact us.

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Just over 110 years ago a small group of women graduates in Ann Arbor gathered together to form the Ann Arbor Branch of the Association of Collegiate Alumni – the forerunner of AAUW.  Today we are a vibrant, active group of some 300 intellectually curious women, devoted to improving the lives of women and girls through education.  Along the way we manage to improve our own lives – and have a lot of fun.  We welcome new members.

The Ann Arbor Branch offers

  • A group of educated women with diverse backgrounds and experiences
    • Informative and stimulating monthly programs
    • More than 35 small interest groups covering a wide range of topics and activities
    • A used book sale that raises money for national fellowships, local scholarships, and awards to graduating high school seniors
    • Community outreach activities like Brains Rule! and Let’s Read Math
    • Membership in national and state AAUW organizations                               

Next Branch Meeting:  Weds., October 15, 2014 • 11:30 AM

Midwives  and the Role of Technology in Childbirth

 Joanne Motino Bailey, CNM, FNP, PhD, Director of the University of Michigan Health Service’s Nurse-Midwifery Service, and Lecturer in the Women’s Studies Department

Dr. Bailey completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese Language and Literature and was a health care volunteer in Honduras before returning to the University of Michigan for a second career in nursing.  Her dissertation work explored the role of perceived racism and discrimination in cervical cancer risk. She has directed the Nurse-Midwifery Service for eight years and her teaching includes a large survey course, “Perspectives in Women’s Health,” as well as “Reproductive Health Policy in a Global Context.”  In an overview of the historical and current context of childbirth and midwifery in the United States, Dr. Bailey will discuss changing trends as our science, culture norms, and expectations shift regarding maternity care. We will discuss issues of place of birth, providers of care, and use of technology.

Open House, Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Ann Arbor City Club,   7 pm

The annual open house is a time for returning members to meet old friends and sign up for study groups, while new and prospective members have the chance to find out who we are and what we do.   We had a great turnout at our Open House.   There was a total of 111 in attendance. Ninety-two members attended and brought many guests with them.   Contacts we made from both the book sale and book sorting responded to our invititation, checked us out, and joined!   Of our 19 guests, we gained at least 6 new paid members, and a couple of new e-Affiliate members.  

During the business meeting we learned about and welcomed our two new interns from the University of Michigan Women’s Studies Department, Michaela Taylor and Kayla Martin.   They are excited to facilitate greater interaction between AAUW and UM student body.   To read more about our recent Open House from the perspective of new student intern, Kayla Martin, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.          

Join us next month for a great program and a special party for our mentors and mentees.

Sohelya Marzban-Yvette Wernick-Marlena Struder-Ramona Mooney