Welcome to Poughkeepsie AAUW!

We have been advancing equity for women and girls as individuals and nationally since 1881 and as a local branch since 1925! We invite you to visit the pages of our website to explore the many parts of our organization. Our work continues. We welcome you to join us!

Thank you for your patience and understanding as our branch has navigated the pandemic and adhered to social distancing requirements over the past year and a half. At this time, we are asking all members, including interest groups and community service initiatives, to follow New York State COVID-19 guidelines when gathering in-person for AAUW-related offerings. You can access the most up-to-date state guidance at the following link: https://forward.ny.gov/

Upcoming Events/Information

Each year the President, members of the board, chairs of our initiatives and other leaders of our local branch present a report of the activities of their areas of responsibility. You will find these reports under Leadership from the website menu or HERE

Summer Events

July and August brings a break from the major programming events of Poughkeepsie AAUW however many of our interest groups continue their meetings and our initiatives continue their work.  Click on the graphic below and you will find a list of the already scheduled events.   If you are a member the contact information is available in our directory.  If you are not a member, email board.AAUW.Poughkeepsie@gmail.com and your request will be forwarded to the correct person.

Recent Events

Poughkeepsie AAUW 2021 Annual Meeting

Guest Speaker Lisa Maatz

On Thursday, June 10, 2021 by Zoom welcomed Lisa Maatz, former AAUW Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy, as our guest speaker. She  provided a Washington Update and send us off with ways to support the national organization and advocate for public policy issues that align with the AAUW mission.

More information on the Speaker


Prior to the meeting, the election and installation of officers was held. We honored our members with longevity, Emerging Leader and  Named Honoree awards.  We also honored the members of our branch that had passed away during the year.

See the June newsletter for more information on officers and honorees.

The Times They Are a Changin’:
How Protest Music Helped Shape America

Professor William McKeen

On THURSDAY MAY 13, 2021, we experienced a fascinating and entertaining evening exploring the role “music with a message” plays in social and political change. Presented by both video with musical clips of many favorite artists and live Q&A by Professor William McKeen, Boston University – all brought to us by One Day University. 

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Votes for Women, Laws for Birds: The Suffragists Who Saved America’s Wildlife

New York Times Review of Beloved Beasts

On April 8, 2021, Michelle Nijhuis, author of the new book Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction, discussed the key role of suffrage activists in the early conservation movement and how their accomplishments still benefit us today. She also talk about her own experiences as a science journalist and first-time book author.   To order signed copies, visit https://www.waucomabookstore.com/michelle-nijhuis-signed-books.  To order regular copies and learn more about the book, visit https://wwnorton.com/books/beloved-beasts. Beloved Beasts is a vibrant history of the modern conservation movement, told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it.

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