Welcome to AAUW – Manhattan, Kansas!


The American Association of University Women, founded in 1881, is a nationwide community with more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 local branches, and 800 college and university (C/U) partners.  Our mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  In the 2014-2015 academic year, for example, AAUW has committed more than $3.7 million in fellowships and grants to 244 outstanding women, AAUW branches, and community nonprofit organizations.  It continues to have a dynamic influence on policymakers, educators, employers, and communities to break through barriers and enhance opportunities for women.


The Manhattan (KS) Branch is one of the 10 active branches in Kansas and was established in 1920 at what is now Kansas State University.  Our members are knowledgeable, interesting women of various ages and backgrounds joined together to promote the interests and provide support to women and girls in our growing, vibrant community.  We also thoroughly enjoy just being together!   K-State students and faculty can further take advantage of AAUW’s programs and resources by participating in the AAUW-KSU Partnership program on-campus, which is currently being expanded.

Important goals for our local branch are:

    • Passionately uniting to promote the advancement and equity for women in education, career paths, pay, leadership, and economic and political opportunities.
    • Sustaining AAUW-Manhattan Branch heritage to the community by providing scholarships to K-State non-traditional female students, career women, and community groups.
    • Networking locally and nationally with women who support equal opportunities and advancement for women and girls.

A Manhattan (KS) Branch membership form is available in the Join Us section.

Interested in obtaining more information about upcoming meetings or membership?  Please contact: 

    • Branch email: manhattanksaauw@gmail.com
    • Nancy Bolsen, Membership Vice President (785-565-8720, old@ksu.edu)
    • Barbara Gatewood, President  (785-539-8804, bgatewd@ksu.edu)

What we do

For more than 90 years, our local branch has provided many enriching opportunities for professional and personal growth, life-long learning, networking, and socializing.   We also have had a positive impact on the Manhattan, university, and surrounding communities.

For example, we . . .

    • Generate scholarships funding for nontraditional women students to attend K-State while beginning or completing a degree after an extended absence from school.  We also help fund the National AAUW scholarships.
    • Network with civic groups to send one or more girls to K-State’s EXCITE/GROW camps to encourage interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
    • Contribute to K-State’s teaching, research, and outreach activities at many levels through participation, programming, and funding.  For example, our branch sponsored an art lecture series in the early 1920’s that eventually led to the formation of the Friends of the Beach Museum of Art.   This heritage of contribution continues today!
    • Strengthen our KSU-AAUW Partnership to better serve on campus students and faculty in such areas as equity, leadership, scholarship, and fellowships.
    • Collect donations for Manhattan’s Breadbasket to provide food to those in need.
    • Co-sponsor candidate forums prior to local and state elections with the Manhattan League of Women Voters.
    • Keep informed about state and national issues of interest to women through our active public policy and legislative affairs chair.
    • Provide a means for women and men to demonstrate support for important branch and national initiatives by simply becoming a member.
    • Enjoy growing and learning together through our educational programs offered at branch meetings and through participation in special interest groups.

KSU-AAUW Partnership

K-State is an official AAUW college/university (C/U) partner, thus FREE E-student membership is available to all undergraduate students.  Graduate students join as regular national and branch members and can apply for fellowships to support master’s level study and dissertation writing, publication, and postdoctoral research.

Visit the Join Us section for more information on membership.