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National President's Message

Greetings NAUW Sisters and Friends,

Welcome to the official website of the National Association of University Women, which has branches in five sections: North Central, Northeast, South Central, Southeast, Southwest and the newly organized international Harper Maryland County Branch in Liberia.

The year was 1910, when four visionary women saw a need to unite to address racism and lynching, at a time that women, especially "colored women", had little or no rights except those afforded them by men. Yet, they saw a need for change. They recognized change had to come from within. They met in the home of Mary Church Terrell for tea and out of this meeting the College Alumnae Club of Washington, D.C. was formed.

In 1924, the organization decided to expand and incorporate under the laws of the District of Columbia and thus became known as the National Association of College Women.  Our founders were interested in promoting professional excellence, personal influence for civic good; and forging the bonds of intellectual fellowship among college educated women.  The areas of education, literacy, child care, health and scholarship were part of their programmatic thrusts and are still our goals today. Their mission remains our mission.  We have been committed to servicing the needs of our dynamic communities for over 100 years!

I am excited about the future of the National Association of University Women. Thank you for visiting our website. Whether you are a member or visitor, you will gain valuable information on this august organization.  I believe through the leadership efforts of our national, sectional and branch officers we will continue enhancing programs to develop “Progressive Women Remaining Relevant in a Global Society”.


Mrs. Evelyn L. Wright
National President



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