The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF), now included in AAUW Funds, works to combat sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. It is managed by our national organization in Washington, D.C.
The LAF works through community and campus outreach programs, a resource library and online advocacy tools, and various research reports. In collaboration with the Public Policy and Government Relations department, the LAF seeks amicus curiae opportunities in cases on discrimination that disadvantage women in the workplace. The LAF is also transitioning toward supporting landmark sex discrimination cases that have the potential to make a difference for all women. Read about LAF on the AAUW National website.
In 2009, the various funds we support in AAUW were organized into a structure called AAUW Funds. No longer called the Educational Foundation, those funds providing educational opportunities and equity for women and girls through research and support of fellowship and grants programs, including International Fellowships, American Fellowships, Selected Professions Fellowships, and Research and Projects Grants, are all included in AAUW Funds. Also included are the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund for Women and Girls, which has long supported research on gender equity in education, and the Legal Advocacy, Public Policy and Leadership Programs Funds.
A diagram which graphically displays all the AAUW Funds can be found on the AAUW National website. This diagram is a good tool to use when explaining the new organization of the funds.
You can see a current list of AAUW Funds, including unfinished California Endowments, in the Forms & Documents section under AAUW Funds.
AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. One of the world's largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3 million in funding for more than 200 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and non-profit organizations in the 2009-10 academic year. Due to the longstanding generous contributions of AAUW members across the U.S., a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities -- breaking through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.