Welcome to the Kirkwood–Webster Groves, Missouri, Branch of AAUW!

We break through barriers for women and girls!

American Association of University Women  (AAUW), founded in 1881, is an organization of more than 170,000 members and supporters, open to graduates who hold the associate, baccalaureate, or higher degree from a qualified college or university. In addition to national members, local branches are active in Missouri. The Kirkwood–Webster Groves branch, founded in 1971, is one of five branches in the St. Louis area.

Join us for our 2022 programs! See schedule on the Events tab.

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AAUW MO President Sue Shineman, center, presents the AAUW MO Ten-Star Award to Branch Co-presidents Jeanne Webdell, left, and Marsha Koch, right. The Ten-Star Award recognized branch achievement in ten categories.

The AAUW Missouri State Meeting May 6-7, 2022, in Columbia was an opportunity for members to get together in person, share ideas, and hear from AAUW CEO Gloria Blackwell. Photos to come.

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Jeanne Webdell, Branch Co-President, was honored with a Barbara Lackritz Service Award at the Swing Into Spring Luncheon of the AAUW Metro St. Louis Interbranch Council  on March 26, 2022.

KWG Branch members who attended the Swing Into Spring Luncheon: Top row, Charlotte Parsons, Debbie McWard, Niki Burgdorf, Marsha Koch, Lynne Roney; bottom row: Carol Davis McDonald, Jeanne Webdell, Kay Meyer, Barbara Johnson. Not pictured: Chris Nobbe.

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See the 2022 Schedule of the International Relations Lecture Series, cosponsored by AAUW and the Tuesday Women’s Association of the Ethical Society.

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The Kirkwood–Webster Groves Branch
Celebrates 50 Years
of Empowering Women and Girls!

Members, past members, and friends joined us for our 50-Year Anniversary Celebration Brunch, Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Greenbriar Hills Country Club.
Guest Speaker was Judge Robin Ransom, Supreme Court of Missouri. See more photos here.

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Our booth at the Kirkwood Greentree Festival September 17-19, 2021!

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Plant a Yard Sign for Women!

Our 2020 project made the news! Read it here in the Webster-Kirkwood Times: click Article by Jeannie Webdell

August 26, 2020, was the 100th Anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment. After 60 years of organizing, meeting, protesting, lobbying, and marching, women in every state were officially granted the legal right to vote. Of course, it took almost four more decades for women of color to be able to fully exercise that right. 100th Anniversary programs, proclamations, websites, and celebrations were planned across the nation, but many public events had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

Our project, Plant a Yard Sign for Women, thanks the suffragists and is a subtle reminder that women have not always had a voice in local, state, and national government.

We designed a celebratory sign in the colors of the U.S. suffragist movement and printed more than 500 signs that members of women’s organizations purchased and displayed in their yard, window, community centers, or meetings. This is NOT a political project, and this is NOT a partisan effort. The sign is generic and has no display expiration date. We celebrated our right to vote and showed the St. Louis area how important this is to St. Louis women! A few signs are still available for purchase. Contact the branch.

In the photo of the Kirkwood City Council, you can’t miss the Kirkwood-Webster branch’s yard sign being used as a virtual background by Council Member Wallace Ward! The proclamation acknowledging the Centennial of the 19th Amendment is being read into the record by the Council.

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Learn to Negotiate Your Pay

Women typically are paid 80 percent of what men are paid. Use AAUW’s free Work Smart online workshop to learn how to ask for more. Go to https://salary.aauw.org/ks-mo.

See more about AAUW’s economic security action plans at https://www.aauw.org/issues/equity/.

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AAUW’s mission is to advance gender equity through research, education, and advocacy.

Kirkwood–Webster Groves branch is part of the St. Louis AAUW Interbranch Council and Missouri AAUW.