Welcome to the Tucson (AZ) Branch of AAUW!


Did you experience an outstanding teacher or school program as a student, as a parent/grandparent of a student, or have you encountered one in your contact with local schools today? If so, please join us in our new AAUW-Arizona Education Initiative as we “pay it forward for education.”

As you recall your experiences with excellent teachers and public school programs throughout your lifetime, please consider acknowledging that excellence by interviewing and writing up one or more current stories of “public school secrets.”   Of course, they are not really secrets but rather stories which are not widely publicized and do not match the prevailing media and political rhetoric of public schools failing students.

Choose a teacher or program you would like to highlight or volunteer for an assigned interview, then write up and submit the narrative. You may choose to do one or more interviews. We have the basic questions to guide your gathering of information. And, we can help you identify teachers or programs if you want. We do need to have stories representative of instruction at all grade levels, size of schools, subject matter areas within the regular school curriculum, extra-curricular activities and intervention programs.   The focus of our study will be the public district schools. Any charter school included will need to meet the criteria of citizen elected school boards, open board meetings, budget transparency including open purchasing policies, open enrollment (i.e. no requirements/restrictions for enrollment), and adherence to state curriculum and teacher certification standards.

If you will supply the collection manpower, our branch and AAUW-AZ can help to correct the narrative and tell the stories of quality public education.   We can all have a positive experience while joining our voices together to correct the narrative. Help change what is happening in funding of public schools in the state and “pay it forward” for all of Arizona’s children.

For more information or to volunteer contact……
Connie Harrison (connie2425@cox.net)
Francine Schacter (francine@skilfor.com)

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A Century of Activism –
Tucson Branch
American Association of University Women

The AAUW Tucson Branch celebrated its 100th birthday in 2009. To commemorate this centennial event five branch members with a common interest were determined to share the unique history of our Tucson Branch.

The authors, Pat Spoonamore, Lou Bagnara, Patricia Gilbert, Connie Harrison and Baleka Baker were not without experience in AAUW and Tucson Branch activities. Pat Spoonamore was a Past State President, a Past Tucson Branch President and a Tucson Branch Historian. Lou Bagnara and Connie Harrison were also Past Tucson Branch Presidents. Pat Gilbert, was a past editor of the AZ Sun (our state newsletter) and a past editor of the Tucson Branch Saguaro Sentinel and Baleka Baker was also a past editor of the Saguaro Sentinel.

Many other people were involved in creating this book. Beginning in 2009 branch members came and sorted, filed, and tossed duplicates. Members made file folders, and put material in order by decades. We thank Jean Brady, Carol Dow, Maxine Heiman, Cary Hillyer, Nieves Miljure, Shirley Muney, Ardis Noonan, Jane Rohwer, Nancy Sauder, Esther Scher, and Nancy Woodling for all their time and work on the files without which our task would have been much more difficult.

The cover design silhouettes represent the evolution of women in the Tucson Branch from the turn of the century bustle to the 21st century woman in a STEM career. In our century of activism AAUW members have participated in and supported national, state, and community issues based on AAUW’s groundbreaking research concerning women, families, education, advocacy, leadership development and expansion of job opportunities because “Equity is still an Issue”.

Get Your Copy Now!

You may purchase the book at any Tucson Branch Meeting or order a copy to be sent to you by mail.

Please write checks out to Patricia Gilbert for $20.00 if purchasing at a branch meeting.

If you would like to order a copy to be mailed to you please send your checks made out to Patricia Gilbert for $24.00 to cover mailing and handling to Baleka Baker, 7667 E. Lee Street, Tucson, AZ 85715-5018. Include your name and return address to receive your copy.

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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

AAUW’s Mission
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW’s Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.