Advocating for Education, Leadership & Equity for Women & Girls
Trusted Outreach Program for Women in the Greater Philadelphia Area
AAUW Valley Forge (AAUW) is a nonprofit outreach program for women in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Our organization influences public debate on critical social issues such as education, civil rights, and workplace equity.
What We Do
We’ve been at the forefront of the fight for equal pay and business opportunity for women, and the battle is still on. Men still predominate in the top positions and highest-paying professions, while women still receive only 83 cents for every dollar a man earns. Though we are nonbiased, we are not values-neutral:
- We strive to eradicate the prejudices and obstacles that prevent gender equity.
- We train women to pursue leadership positions and bargain for compensation and benefits.
- We advocate for federal, state, and local laws and policies to ensure equity and end discrimination.
AAUW publishes ground-breaking studies on women. We are one of the largest financing sources in the world dedicated to graduating women, and one of our objectives is to combat sexism in education at all levels.
AAUW Valley Forge
The Valley Forge branch of AAUW was established in 1956. Our members are constantly seeking ways to better the lives of all women. Valley Forge branch has a strong history of civic engagement and leadership.
Half a Century of Expanding Access to Education
Congress altered the course of education with just 37 words. The Education Amendments of 1972’s Title IX states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
The Education Amendments of 1972’s Title IX revolutionized education 50 years ago. This trailblazing civil rights law forbids sexism in the classroom and safeguards staff members and students of all genders in any educational facility or program that receives government funding.
Title IX ushered in an era of immense advancement for girls and women from the classroom to the playing field, and supporters are still fighting attempts to weaken it. Join AAUW as we celebrate 50 years of advancing educational equity for all and get involved where advocacy is still required to fulfill Title IX’s full potential.