AAUW Maryville Branch was organized by Margaret Bell Lloyd, wife of Maryville College president Ralph W. Lloyd, in 1942. Since that time, the branch has been active in advancing education for women and girls throughout the community and East Tennessee. AAUW is a group of women and men from all walks of life who enjoy each other’s company while promoting opportunities for women and girls.

Branch members and guests are invited to attend all branch activities. The public is welcome to most events; contact the activity.


Olivia Grace Cleveland wins 2nd Agnes Bird Scholarship!

Branch member Autumn Hall congratulates Olivia Grace Cleveland for winning her second Agnes Bird Scholarship.

Olivia Grace Cleveland has won the Agnes Thornton Bird Endowed Memorial Award for a second time. The scholarship, established in 2000 by AAUW Maryville Branch, is awarded to a rising sophomore or junior female student interested in a legal career at Maryville College. Cleveland is  majoring in political science and pre- law.  In January 2016 she went to Provence for three weeks with other students from Maryville College.  She is a member of Maryville College Democrats. Olivia plans to attend law school after graduation in 2018. In 2016 she wrote to us outlining long-term goals of relocating to Massachusetts and  establishing her own law firm. Ultimately she would like to run for the U.S. Senate. Olivia also expressed her appreciation for the recognition and the Award.

Agnes Thornton Bird, PhD, JD, was active in the Democratic Party of Tennessee. She was partner of a Maryville law firm with her husband, Frank. She also taught law, government and foreign relations at Maryville College and the University of Tennessee. Active on the Tennessee Human Relations Commission and the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the US Civil Rights Commission, she also served on the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Advisory Committee, which advises on LAF grants to pursue sex discrimination.


April-May Branch Activities

Monday, April 3: Leadership Team meeting.

Tuesday, April 4:  Equal Pay Day!  Branch members promote Equal Pay Day at Pellissippi State Community College. Support is wide spread–including in the animal kingdom!

Join the #EqualPayDay Twitterstorm to raise awareness about the gender pay gap! From 2-3 p.m. ET, we’ll be tweeting up a storm to show the world women and families can’t wait for equal pay. Our sample tweets and images make it easy for you to participate.

The Gender Pay Gap by State and Congressional District

The gender pay gap exists in almost every congressional district according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Not only do some districts in the 115th Congress lag especially far behind, but some states also have large disparities between districts. How do your state and district stack up?

Find the Gender Pay Gap in Your Congressional District

Friday, April 7: Book Group, Noon, Puleo’s in Alcoa. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisisby J. D. Vance. Discussion Leader: Linda Spannaus

Saturday, April 29: Belk Charity Day. 6:00 am to 10:00 am only.  Buy your admission ticket from an AAUW Maryville Branch member to shop at the special Charity Day event. The ticket is good at any Belk store. Tickets are $5 each and proceeds go to support our Women’s Equity Foundation/AAUW Maryville Branch activities such as Expanding Your Horizons, Leading Ladies, and Start Smart.

Nominate an AAUW Member for a U.S. Postage Stamp

There have been more than a dozen women involved with AAUW who have appeared on postage stamps. Including Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frances Perkins, and Rachel Carson.We’d love to see more AAUW women represented on our nation’s postage stamps — so we’ll be choosing one woman from AAUW’s rich history to nominate for a commemorative stamp.We’ll select the winning nominee to propose to the U.S. Postal Service. Voting closes April 30 at 12 p.m. EST. Read more.


Tuesday, May 2: 
Join AAUW and our ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club on May 2nd at 7:30pm ET as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by talking with 2013–14 AAUW American Fellow Patricia Park about her book Re Jane, a “breezy, engaging” first novel that “grapples with real issues of identity, race, and culture from global and historical perspectives.

 For Jane Re, a half-Korean, half-American orphan, the place she’s wanted to escape her whole life is Flushing, Queens. Sardonic yet vulnerable, Re toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle’s grocery store and observes the traditional Korean principle of nunchi (a combination of good manners, hierarchy, and obligation). Desperate for a new life, she becomes the au pair for the Mazer-Farleys, two Brooklyn-based English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter. Inducted into the world of organic food co-ops and 19th-century novels, Re is the recipient of Beth Mazer’s feminist lectures and Ed Farley’s attention. But when a family death interrupts Re and Farley’s blossoming affair, she flies off to Seoul, leaving New York behind. While reconnecting with family and struggling to learn the ways of modern-day Korea, Re begins to wonder if Farley is the man for her. She returns to Queens, where she must find a balance between two cultures and accept who she really is. Register now to join us as we discuss this contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre that is a bright, comic story of falling in love, finding strength, and living not just out of obligation to others, but for one’s self.

 Please help us make this event a success, enabling us to feature other authors in the future.

Friday, May 5: Book Group. Noon, Puleo’s in Alcoa. The selection for May is   Louisa Catherine: The Other Mrs. Adams by Margery Heffron. Discussion Leader: Charlotte Crawford. This book may prove difficult to find so book group participants are encouraged to read something about John Quincy Adams or this alternate selection:  Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams Hardcover – April 5, 2016 by Louisa Thomas.

Monday, May 15: Branch meeting. Buffalo Auction and Celebration. 5:30 pm, House in the Woods, Maryville College campus. Book Sale

Monday, May 29: Lunch Bunch, Noon. Puleo’s in Alcoa.