Penobscot Valley Branch of the AAUW – Welcome

Our Penobscot Valley Branch is celebrating its 95th birthday!   We have a variety of programs planned which further the mission of AAUW  including women’s economic equality and diversity.  In addition to our programs, we also enjoy each other’s ideas and conversation at our annual January brunch, “pizza and politics” dinners, and annual meeting.   Please visit the projects and programs pages for further activities.  

Membership information: see  the “membership” page.

To promote women’s economic equality, AAUW has developed a free online salary negotiation program!!  Click here:

Apply for National AAUW Scholarships now!
Dr, Bonnie Newsom, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maine, is a 2019 AAUW American Fellowship Winner!

Our Penobscot Valley College Scholarships have been awarded,  Congratulations to the winners!  

March 7, 2020 Branch meeting report (pre coronavirus emergency):

We had a great meeting which was well attended and very informative.  Panel speakers Paige Mitchell, Director of the Writing Center at UM, Cheryl Golek, Dimentia Care Specialist, and Dr. Catalinha Piedrahita, Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Services, talked of their experiences with women in prison, poverty, and  trafficking.  Thanks to our speakers, to the Margaret Chase Smith Policy center for providing the space and to the Triad for organizing the meeting.  Here is a link to the detailed “Maine Campus” article: https://mainecampus.com/2020/03/panel-discussion-sheds-light-on-need-for-womens-support/

Paige Mitchell, presenter, right, at the March meeting.

Upcoming events:

Pizza and Politics:

Thursday, April 16, 2020  5:30 pm on ZOOM   2020 schedule.

Future Branch Meeting:

Penobscot Valley Annual Dinner Meeting
Wednesday May 13, 2020. 6:00 PM Dirigo Pines (check back for updates)

Also see our Facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/pg/AAUWPenobscotValley/posts/

A Little Penobscot Valley History …                 

Originally called the University of Maine branch, our branch was founded in 1924.  Many familiar with the University of Maine will recognize buildings named after these charter members: Dr. Caroline Colvin, Dr. Ava Chadbourne, and Dr. Edith Patch.    Later, in the 90’s, we became  the Penobscot Valley Branch.  Our branch now includes members from Bangor, Belfast, Bradley, Deer Isle, Holden, Newburgh, Old Town, and Orono. 

Special Recognition …

Maryann Hartman Awards:

Members and former members Mary Cathcart, Ruth Lockhart, and Katherine Musgrave have received the Maryann Hartman Award at the University of Maine, These annual awards recognize women whose works inspire others and raise awareness of contemporary women’s accomplishments.

Maine Women’s Hall of Fame

Mary Cathcart, Katherine Musgrave, Sharon Barker,  Ruth Lockhart, and Ann Schonberger are members and former members who have been elected to the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame.