Welcome to the AAUW of North Dakota website.  Visit our Happenings page for current events and updates.

About AAUW

We are tenacious and trailblazing — advocating for women and girls since 1881 and into the future!

Our mission

Gender Equity & Economic Security

We’ve led the fight for fair pay and economic opportunity for women — and the battle continues: Women still get just 83 cents for every dollar paid to a man, and men continue to dominate the top roles and highest-paying professions.

Our Values

Intersectional. Inclusive. Intergenerational. Empowering.

Though we are nonpartisan, we are not values-neutral: We fight to remove the barriers and biases that stand in the way of gender equity. We train women to negotiate for pay and benefits and to pursue leadership roles. And we advocate for federal, state and local laws and policies to ensure equity and end discrimination.

Our Focus

Economic Security

We’ve been working to narrow the gender pay gap, which greets women as soon as they enter the workforce and widens throughout their working lives. Unequal wages stand in the way of a women’s ability to pay off student debt, build wealth, and save for a secure retirement.


We champion equal opportunities in education. Though more than 60% of college graduates are women, they face barriers and biases throughout their schooling. From pre-school to graduate school girls and women are unconsciously steered into certain fields of studies and away from more lucrative ones, such as in STEM.


Our members, supporters and staff work on local, state and federal levels to support laws and policies that enable women’s success. Our work in statehouses and the U.S. Capital has helped pass hundreds of pieces of legislation. Our Legal Advocacy team has supported plaintiffs in more than 125 gender equity legal cases.

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


A Legacy of Empowering Women

When AAUW began in 1881, few women had the opportunity to pursue a degree—prompting founder Marion Talbot to support a fund for women’s education. Today, women outnumber men in earning degrees at nearly every level. Yet our work is far from done.

Over the past 140 years, AAUW has evolved to become the leading voice in advancing gender equity in education and workplaces everywhere. Through research, education and advocacy, we’re committed to ensuring that everyone gets the same opportunity to learn, earn and lead. Our programs aim at moving women forward—and we fight for policies that support our goals.


AAUW North Dakota currently has member branches located in Devils Lake, Fargo-Moorhead,  Jamestown and Wahpeton.

For more information on upcoming events and programs across the state visit our Happenings page.

AAUW’s Value Promise

By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. For more information about how you can be a part of this exciting organization see our Membership page.