Monday, December 25, 2017

States Notch Multiple Equal Pay Victories in 2017

States Notch Multiple Equal Pay Victories in 2017: Voters are fed up with the persistent gender pay gap, and many state legislators are listening. In 2017 a whopping 42 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., offered legislative solutions to the gender pay gap. While not all of these bills passed, this growing activity shows that red, blue, and purple states realize that the pay gap is real and that something needs to be done about it. Read more »

Monday, December 18, 2017

Save the date for the next AAUW Tech Savvy Conference!

The Fergus Falls AAUW chapter will host the next AAUW Tech Savvy Conference (AKA STEAM Girls Saturday) on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at the DNR Building in Fergus Falls. 

AAUW Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grades to these fields. AAUW Tech Savvy also includes an important parent program that encourages families to reinforce girls’ interest in future education and careers in STEM. AAUW branches have taken the lead in organizing and holding these highly successful, one-day STEM conference for girls nationwide; find a conference site below or contact your local branch if you’d like to organize an event in your community.
AAUW Tech Savvy was founded in 2006 by the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch under the leadership of former branch president Tamara Brown. This annual event has become a huge success, serving upwards of 700 girls and 200 parents each spring at the University of Buffalo in New York. Today more than 15 AAUW branches organize and hold AAUW Tech Savvy conferences throughout the country.
For additional information about the conference or to volunteer, please email 

For additional information on the AAUW Tech Savvy program, click here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

FF Daily Journal: A broad spectrum of Understanding: AAUW hosts presentation on Autism by local mother, son

"Bill Gates, Hans Christian Andersen, Thomas Edison, Charles Schulz and Jane Austen. Most people would know who these people are and what they are famous for. On the flip side, many probably don’t know all of these people and many more were/are on the autism spectrum.
“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism,” Steven Vergiels said. “It’s really emphasizing the individuality part.”
Steven Vergiels is also on the autism spectrum and he and his mother, Carrie Beithon have done several presentations to educate communities about autism, including for American Association of University Women."
According to Jane McLandress, president of AAUW, the presentation was well done and well received. She and AAUW asked Beithon and her son to do a presentation for them, because she knew they had educated many people throughout the state several times. According to Beithon, who is also a member of AAUW, she and Vergiels have presented maybe 50 times, mostly in schools for teachers and teaching staff."

To read the rest of the article in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal, please click link.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for Girls: 2017 Edition

Holiday Gift Guide for Girls: 2017 Edition: Can’t figure out what to get your favorite girls this holiday season? AAUW’s Holiday Gift Guide for Girls has you covered. We’ve created a list of gifts that empower girls to believe in themselves, defy stereotypes, be creative, and dream big! Read on to find gifts for activists, scientists, and change makers at every age and at every stage of their trailblazing careers. Read more »

Monday, December 4, 2017

FF Daily Journal: AAUW Designates Scholarship winners

"The Fergus Falls branch of the American Association of University women is pleased to announce the recipients of their 2017 scholarships. Women in the area are asked to submit a scholarship application that asks about not only academic record, but employment history, community involvement, volunteer and extracurricular activities. Each award winner received a $1,500 scholarship to attend an accredited college.
This year’s awardees include; Kara Anderson, Fergus Falls; LeAnne Jaenisch, Fergus Falls and Lydia Hanson, Henning. The Georgia Dieseth Scholarship was awarded to Danelle Hubert, Fergus Falls."

To read the rest of this article in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal, please click this link.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

FF Daily Journal: Fergus Falls AAUW kicks of 57th year

"The Fergus Falls American Association of University Women is celebrating their 57th year!
Membership is strong for the Fergus Falls AAUW and growing steadily, and the branch continues to expand its efforts to carryout the AAUW’s mission of “Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.”
One of the most prominent fundraising events will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4 this year – the bi-annual Tour of Homes. All proceeds from the tour go directly to fund college scholarships for young women."

To read the rest of the article at the Fergus Falls Daily Journal, please click this link.

FF Daily Journal - Stylishly decorated: AAUW hosts Tour of Homes

"The local chapter of the American Association of University Women hosted the Tour of Homes on Saturday, bringing together guests for an afternoon of food, decor and community. Since 1964, the AAUW has been using the Tour of Homes as a way to fund scholarships for women and girls in and around the Fergus Falls area.
The first tickets in 1964 sold for $1.
“The AAUW partnered with Claire Ann Shover Nursery School and so they split the proceeds. Shortly after that, the AAUW took it on by itself,” Jeanne Jensen said. Jensen moved to Fergus Falls in 1972 and has been involved in the AAUW since shortly after that. In one way or another, Jensen has been involved in the tour ever since."

To read the rest of the in the article in the Fergus Fall Daily Journal, please click this link

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tickets now on sale for the 2017 Holiday Tour of Homes!

Six Fergus Falls families invite you to share the holidays with them as they welcome you into their homes for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fergus Falls Branch’s biannual Holiday Tour of Homes, Saturday, Nov. 4 from 12-5 p.m.  The event also includes a reception at the Fergus Falls YMCA. Several local businesses will lend their expertise and/or wares to beautifully decorate each home, including BENEgrows, Ben Franklin, Brown-Eyed Susans, Calla Lily Designs, Carrie Johnson, Mimi Rae’s & AddyGrace, Refreshing Designs, Target, The Flower Mill and The Market at Union.

The homeowners graciously opening their doors for the tour include:
  • Lisa Bielfeldt, 946 W. Summit Av.
  • Chris & Sarah Derosier, 20580 Red Oak Lane
  • Marion & Morrie Kershner, 2306 Southview Dr.
  • Lee & Karen Krueger, 430 N. Union Av.
  • Plus two of the newly renovated apartments on the old RTC campus at 1447 Patterson Loop: Wade Swenson, and Gerri Moeller & Ross Willmington 

Tickets are $20 and are available from The Market on Union Avenue and Service Food. Ticket sales are limited.  

The Holiday Tour of Homes is the AAUW Fergus Falls Branch’s main fundraiser. Proceeds go toward scholarships and programming for area women.

For more information about the event, email

The AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation's leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls.

The Fergus Falls branch meets monthly September through May for learning and camaraderie. For more information about the Fergus Falls AAUW, email inquiries to 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Spring Means Scholarship Season!

The 2017 AAUW Scholarship information is ready. Local schools have received the documents for high school girls. Women returning to college are also eligible for our branch scholarships.

Deadline is March 17, 2017.