Our 100 Year History

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A Century of Activism –
A History of the Tucson Branch
American Association of University Women
1909—2009

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.