Welcome to the Abilene Branch, AAUW Texas

AAUW Abilene Proudly Presents our 2018 

Women of Outstanding Achievement Honorees

Linda Carleton  Hardin-Simmons University,
Associate Vice-President of Student Development, retired,Founder & Director “Caring Communities”             


Beverly Guthrie Organizer & Fundraiser: served on boards of CALF, Day Nursery of Abilene, Frontier Texas, Abilene Convention &  Visitors Bureau, Abilene Tennis Association


Nancy Henderson Former Executive Director Girl Scouts Abilene & San Angelo, Board Member & volunteer of Camp Able, Buffalo Gap City Council member, fundraiser,community organizer, educator, entrepreneur 


Melody Hunt   Owner: Hunt Direct Marketing, McMurry University Board of Trustees,Advisory Board Abilene Educational Foundation, Alliance for Women & Children



Laura Moore   Director, The Grace Museum,  three-term member Abilene City Council, Served on boards of Hardin-Simmons University, Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene Chamber of Commerce




Cynthia Pearson  Executive Director Day Nursery of Abilene, member of TX State HB 376 representing child care, State-wide Committee Special Nutrition Programs in Texas, Taylor County Child Protective Services



Sharon Riley  Owner Lytle Land & Cattle Restaurant, Sharon’s Barbque & Catering, Board member: Western Heritage Classic, United Way, Abilene Visitors & Convention Bureau, Taylor County Expo Center



Kim Snyder  Served as Executive Director: National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Development Director: Grace Museum, Board Member: Day Nursery of Abilene, Frontier Texas, Abilene Education Foundation





April 16, 2018 9th Annual Women of Outstanding Achievement Luncheon  11:30 AM

Hunter Welcome Center on the campus of Abilene Christian University

 Abilene AAUW 2017 – 2018 Branch Program Year


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Barriers-and-Bias_web_600x320-280x170Women are not new to leadership; think of Cleopatra or Queen Elizabeth. Think of the women who led the civil rights and education reform movements. But women are still outnumbered by men in the most prestigious positions, from Capitol Hill to the board room. Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo.


If asked, most of us would say that discrimination against women in the workplace is wrong and unacceptable. Unfortunately, research shows that treating women and men equally in hiring decisions, job evaluations, and leadership positions is more of an ideal than a reality. So if we agree that sex discrimination is wrong, why is it still happening? One answer is that many of us harbor unconscious biases that can affect our judgment, even though we may be unaware of them. Uncovering these unconscious, or implicit, biases can be the first step to eliminating them.

So how do we uncover them? AAUW has collaborated with Project Implicit and Harvard University researchers to create a test that looks at the mental associations we make between gender and a variety of concepts, many of which affect our beliefs about women in positions of leadership.

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On December 2, 1932, thirty-two women led by Mrs. Jewell Davis Scarborough met to organize a unit of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in Abilene, Texas. Throughout its 80 years, Abilene AAUW has advocated, provided educational opportunities and scholarships, made significant contributions to the Abilene community culture and supported equity for women and girls.



AAUW 130 Year Legacy: AAUW, representing more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners, is the nation’s leading advocate for education and equity for women and girls.

Meetings of the Abilene Branch are held on the third (3rd) Saturday of the month, September – May at 10:30 A.M.  Location is announced monthly.  All meetings are “Shape the Future” meetings. New members to AAUW joining at the Branch event receive a 50% discount on National Membership Dues.

Members are encouraged to bring guests and prospective members to all of our Branch events. New members to AAUW receive a 50% discount on National Dues.