AAUW Buffalo Branch


The Buffalo (NY) Branch of the American Association of University Women ( AAUW ) was founded in 1890 and is one of the largest AAUW branches in New York State with over 200 members. Our members represent women leaders from the arts, business, education, government, law, medicine, science, and technology.   

The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

 AAUW encourages diversity and has adopted the following statement:

In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership.  There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

AAUW, founded in 1881, is open to all graduates who hold an associate's or equivalent or higher degree from an accredited college or university. Those who do not hold such a degree may affiliate as Friends of the Buffalo Branch, and undergradutes may become Student Affiliates..

With more than 100,000 members, AAUW is the oldest and largest national organization working for all women and girls.

The AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund provides funds to advance education, research, and self-development for women, while the Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for gender discrimination  

See the video produced by member Kate Collins and her students to celebrate our 125th anniversary as a branch at the 2015 AAUW-NYS Convention. Thanks, Kate!
Click HERE to view it!
Who are our elected branch leaders? For 2016-17, these are our leaders:
  • Co-Presidents - Carol Golyski and Cynthia Mehary
  • Program VP - Lillis McLean
  • Membership Recruitment VP - Diane O'Brien
  • Co-Membership Retention VPs - Barbara Weber and Patricia Miceli
  • Secretary/Parliamentarian - Lynne Rapin
  • CFO - Dr Barbara Libby
  • Operations Treasurer - Suzanne Licata
  • Education Accounts and Program Treasurer - Mary Crocker
  • Fundraising Treasurer - Laurie Eikemeyer
  • Chamberlin/FFE Treasurer - Betty Preble
  • Scholarship DIrector - Carol Griffith
  • Nominating Committee Chair - Judy Malamas
  • Nominating Committee Members - Joan Eschner, Kate Collins, Marilyn Carmichael, Barbara Engler

Why Care About AAUW?

AAUW has more than 1,300 AAUW branches across the continental United States, Alaska , Hawaii , Guam , and Puerto Rico .  AAUW members enjoy opportunities to network at the local, state and national levels, sponsor community action projects to promote equity, serve in leadership positions, and lobby local and state legislators on AAUW priority issues.  

Membership Benefits Also Include:

  • Stimulating Programs, Projects and Study Groups
  • Shared Values and Interests
  • Informative Local, State, and National Publications
  • Expertise and Representation on Education and Equity Issues
  • Financial Resources for Education
  • Networking
  • Leadership Training Opportunities
  • Monthly Branch Newsletter  

To learn more about AAUW Buffalo Branch membership, click on Join AAUW .

Note: Please send general mail to:

AAUW Buffalo Branch
PO Box 894
Cheektowaga, NY 14225-0894


The Buffalo Branch has initiated an American Fellowship at the national level. It is called the "Buffalo, NY Branch of AAUW Fellowship in Honor of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Click HERE to donate and honor both our branch and this remarkable woman.


Kudos to our wonderful booksale committee for a HIGHLY successful 2016 sale! Thanks to all for all the hard work!

And Thanks to Jacquie Walker for her continued support!