Welcome to AAUW West Contra Costa Branch

AAUW West Contra Costa Branch in Northern California represents communities from Berkeley to Richmond and beyond. It is a dynamic group of intellectually curious women with a common interest. We have been working to break through barriers for women and girls since 1949. We are celebrating our 70th year, and we are not finished!

Our Mission — AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Our Promise — By joining AAUW, you will be part of a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers to give women and girls a fair chance.

Our members gain:

  • Friendships with educated women of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • In addition to monthly general meetings, access to interests groups including book club, bridge, global events, and lunch bunch.
  • Intellectual development at monthly meetings through education on current issues that impact women and girls.

As a branch we support:

  • Scholarships that send at least eight seventh grade girls each summer to Tech Trek, a science and math camp at Sonoma State University.
  • A $1,500 scholarship to advance the education of one talented female student from Contra Costa College in honor of Mary Ellen Bales.

Join the fight to advance equity for women and girls and make new friends along the way. Become a member today.

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Juliette Levy Talk


Virtual Meeting
Saturday, February 19, 2022
10:00 a.m. Zoom Check-in
10:30 a.m. Talk

Between 2001 and 2012, Dorothy Herzberg raised over $300,000 and brought more than 200 students and 22 teachers from Richmond and Kennedy High Schools of the West Contra Costa Unified School District to Washington D.C. While there, these mostly economically challenged minority students participated in the Close-Up Foundation Program for a personal experience of the US Federal Government in action. In 2010, she was recognized as Woman of the Year and received the Jefferson Award.

Dorothy was one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in Africa and served as a Board of Director of the East Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA for a couple of years. She had also coordinated volunteers to serve lunches and dinners for the homeless at Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP).  Dorothy has published at least five books about her many experiences.

All are welcome.  To receive the Zoom invitation, send an email to aauw.wcc.94530@gmail.com.  The meeting host will open the Zoom meeting at 10:00 a.m. so attendees can check-in (and informally chat) before Dorothy talks at 10:30 a.m.

Gloria Merrill, Program Co-Chair
AAUW West Contra Costa Branch

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