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.

2017 National Convention

AAUW of Tennessee members with Senator Bob Corker’s staff on Lobby Day

Branch member Karen Coleman is a member of the national Membership Committee. She made a superhero presentation at the convention!


Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor greets incoming AAUW of TN President Letha Granberry and President Elect Dia Cirillo.j

National Election results are in! Julia Brown of New Mexico is the new board president. Get all results here.



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.

Faces of Student Debt


(Photo credit: <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/codnewsroom/”>COD Newsroom</a>)

AAUW’s new research report Deeper In Debt has shown that women bare a disproportionate amount of student debt. These six women invested in themselves and their future by pursuing higher education. But those degrees came at large price.
Read more.


June–July Branch Activities

Friday, June 2: 
Book Group. Noon, Puleo’s in Alcoa. The Underground Railroad (Nation
al Book Award Winner) (Oprah’s Book Club): A Novel
by Colson Whitehead.   Discussion leader: Kathleen Sallee



Saturday, June 3: AAUW of Tennessee Annual Leadership Summit. 10:00 am –3:00 pm CDT. Leadership Development and Succession Planning. Middle Tennessee State University campus.

June 14–17: AAUW National Convention, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, June 21, 7:30 pm EDT: Join AAUW’s Book Discussion Webinar with the Author of Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family.

Join AAUW and our ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club in celebrating LGBT Pride Month as we talk with Amy Ellis Nutt about her bookBecoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family. Join hundreds of members that have experienced one-on-one virtual conversations with a diverse group of female authors. Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, is the 9th and final¡Adelante! Book Club Discussion of the 2016-2017 year.

Our branch read this book earlier; join the discussion!    Read more.

Saturday, July 22: 10:30–2:30Leadership Team Planning. Parkview Community Center, 1417 W. Broadway, Maryville.