Membership Information

AAUW is the oldest organization in the United States
dedicated to women and girls.

Membership is open to women and men who hold an associate degree or equivalent, or a baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution.

Types of Membership

  • Branch: Includes membership in National AAUW, AAUW-Illinois & a local branch. Find an Illinois AAUW branch near you.
  • Individual: Includes membership only in National AAUW. An individual member is not affiliated with AAUW-Illinois nor a local branch.
  • State Individual: Includes membership in National AAUW and AAUW-Illinois. This member is not affiliated with any local branch.

Dues Amounts: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

A dues year runs from July 1 – June 30.

Membership Type Association  IL State Comments
New or Renewing Member
Plus the branch dues. [$56 is tax-deductible.]
Shape the Future
50% Off National dues for new members who join AAUW at a public event. [$26.50 is tax-deductible.]
Student Affiliate
Members who are college undergraduates at a two-or four-year regionally accredited educational institution, or degree-seeking graduate students. [$16.81 is tax-deductible.] Student affiliates who attend AAUW College Partner schools are free!
(National members)
Individual members do not belong to a branch nor to the AAUW-IL state organization; they belong only to national AAUW. [$56 is tax-deductible.]
State Individual
(National and State Membership)
State individuals belong to AAUW-IL and the national Association, but not to a local branch.
[$56 is tax-deductible.]
Paid Life National Member
See note below for one-time payment. Member pays branch dues as well.
50-Year Honorary Member
Branch dues may be waived as well – depends on the branch.

Life Membership Note: By making a one-time payment of 20 times the annual Association dues amount, a paid life member does not pay the Association dues. State and local branch dues will still apply. For 2018-2019, the one-time payment is $1,180.

Benefits of Membership

  • Advocacy for women and girls in the areas of equity and education
  • Receive current AAUW information along with the award-winning quarterly magazine AAUW Outlook
  • Branch meetings and study group meetings
  • Outstanding programming for education and leadership development
  • Networking and links to women in local communities and nationwide
  • Illinois AAUW E-mail Network (contact Linda Lewis at to join this e-mail network)
  • Fellowships and grants to graduate women
  • Support for gender discrimination plaintiffs
  • Making global impact through international initiatives and partnerships

College and University Members

Many Illinois Colleges and Universities (including Community Colleges who award 2-year Associate Degrees) can be, or currently are, institutional members of AAUW. Read about our current College/University Members.

More Info

In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

If you have questions or want to join, please contact your local branch or the
Illinois Membership Vice President.

To find branches outside Illinois, visit,  call 1-800-326-AAUW, or email