AAUW Bennington (VT) Branch
The Bennington (VT) Branch of the American Association of University Women was founded in 1926 and has been in continuous operation ever since. During all of these years, our focus has been on quality education and equity for women and girls in all walks of life. We also maintain a strong interest in our own life-long learning and sponsor public programs or lectures that examine a variety of topics.
The Bennington (VT) Branch holds two meetings each month on a variety of subjects with invited speakers. The more formal meetings in Bennington or North Bennington are typically held at 7 pm during the week or on Saturday or Sunday afternoon during the winter. The date depends on the speaker's availability. The public is invited to many of these meetings and they are held in a public venue. Public meetings have included our lecture series on international leaders and issues, candidate forums during election years, and speakers on pay equity, civil liberties, and successful aging.
First Mondays meetings are more informal meetings on a variety of subjects and are typically held on the first Monday of the month in a public venue in Arlington or in a member's home. These meetings start at 12:30 with members bringing a sandwich from home. Dessert and beverages are supplied by the hostess for the meeting. First Mondays speakers have included several musicians, local historians, artists, political activists, leaders of other organizations, and branch members.
Since 2007 the branch has awarded several AAUW Scholarships each year to female non-traditional students living in the greater Bennington area. Most of the recipients are older part-time students who have previously interrupted their education to raise young children or pursue other activities. The scholarships are funded by a theater performances each year, by public and member donations and by more than 20 "silent angels" who anonymously pledge to donate $100 each year. The branch book group initiated a fund to buy textbooks for the scholarship recipients.