GOSHEN – After 60 years of service and education in the Goshen area, the local branch of the American Association of University Women has decided to disband.
Founded in 1882 by 65 female Boston graduates, AAUW responded to a need for educated women to achieve parity in intellectual and professional life, according to a press release.
AAUW now has 170,000 members, offering scholarships and leadership opportunities in all professional fields. The organization has supported women’s education nationally and internationally, offering prizes for postgraduate studies.
âMost good things have a life – a beginning, a productive period and a time when the work is done, or can better be done in a different form,â founding member Mary Ellen Meyer said in the statement. âWe all know that while we have made great strides in addressing women’s issues, they persist. But they can be worked on in different ways.
The Goshen branch organized in 1960 with 40 members. Throughout its turbulent history, the Goshen branch of AAUW has advocated for educational and inspiring causes, raising funds through the sale of used books as well as the sale of grilled chicken, donating the proceeds to local scholarships. During the 1990s, Goshen AAUW was recognized for her contribution to the AAUW Education Foundation and Legal Defense Fund, as well as for the implementation of a community action program for women and girls that emphasized diversity.
Its final disbursement of funds includes contributions to Goshen College, Goshen Public Library, and Dollars for Scholars.
âDue to the pandemic, we are not able to have a final celebration,â Judith Davis of the Goshen AAUW chapter said via email.
For more information on the organization at the national level, visit www.aauw.org. Due to the pandemic, we are unable to have a final celebration.