The nation’s largest legal fund focused solely on sex discrimination in higher education, the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and a support system to women fighting sex discrimination at colleges and universities.

Since 1981 the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund has helped students, faculty, staff, and administrators in higher education challenge discriminatory practices—practices such as sexual harassment, denial of tenure or promotion, pay inequity, and inequality in women’s athletics programs.

LAF promotes equity for women in higher education by:scholar 326

  • providing financial support for sex discrimination lawsuits through case support
  • working to educate the university community about sex discrimination and improve conditions through campus outreach
  • organizing a network of volunteer attorneys and social scientists who consult with women on legal strategies, resources, and the strength of current and potential lawsuits
  • recognizing innovative efforts to improve the climate for campus women through the Progress in Equity Award


AAUW members and others contribute money, time, and expertise to strengthen the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund’s efforts to end sex discrimination in higher education.

Your contributions to the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund will help create an equitable environment for women on university campuses across the country. The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Contributions to LAF are tax deductible for federal income tax purposes to the full extent allowed by law.

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund supports discrimination lawsuits against colleges and universities. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis by the National Board. For more information, visit http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/legal-resources/ .

The purpose of this committee is to implement the mission statement of AAUW: “to promote equity for all women and girls, lifelong learning, and positive societal change.”

Activities of this committee include, but are not limited to:

  • Functioning as community liaison with other women's groups and community groups for the welfare of girls
  • Supporting and assisting with speaker programs for improving the self-image of adolescent girls
  • Expanding the educational opportunities for preadolescent girls in the areas of math and science by selecting candidates for scholarships for the Tech Trek Summer Camp at UCSD
  • Establishing contacts that will encourage community moral and financial support for AAUW’s programs
  • Contacting local schools to develop a sensitivity about gender equity
  • Applying for grants to support these programs
  • Establishing contact with public libraries to encourage the purchase of books that promote a positive role model for young girls as well as donating books to the Public Libraries that promote a positive image of women in history.

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