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 if you have questions.


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Coming Events

WEF Publishes Suffrage Play

The Women’s Equity Foundation, the charitable arm of AAUW Maryville Branch, is pleased to announce the publication of Tennessee Women for the Vote, A Suffrage Play, 1920!  In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution and in honor of the important part played by Tennessee, author B. Ayne Cantrell has updated and revised her suffrage play, originally published in Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage.

The play resounds with voices of women fighting for the vote and highlights the important place of Tennessee women in that battle. Well researched and including biographies of the suffragist speakers, the text stands alone for any reader interested in the historical context of the woman vote. As a performance vehicle or as Readers Theatre for amateur and school groups, Tennessee Women for the Vote celebrates the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution.

Proceeds from sale of the book support scholarships for Tennessee college women to attend the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).  License fees may be waived for AAUW groups performing the play as a full production or reading. Visit the website of the Tennessee Women Project (a project of WEF) for more information.

Friday, February 7, 2020: AAUW Book Group. Noon; Ruby Tuesday in Alcoa (across from the airport). All members and guests welcome for lunch and friendly discussion.

Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World, by Zahra Hankir.

Nineteen Arab women journalists speak out about what it’s like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection, with a foreword by CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour

“A stirring, provocative and well-made new anthology . . . that rewrites the hoary rules of the foreign correspondent playbook, deactivating the old clichés.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Monday, February 17, 2020: Board meeting. 5:30 pm, Bartlett 101, Maryville College campus. All members are invited to attend board meetings.

Are you a passionate painter? A skillful sketch artist? Do you have a great eye for photography? If so, AAUW is offering the perfect opportunity for you to show off your artistic talents — by submitting to our 11th annual art contest!

The contest is now open. The rules are simple: submit your photography or a digital image of your painting or sketch through the AAUW website by January 28, 2020. All entries are accepted, but we encourage you to consider works that speak to AAUW’s mission of advancing gender equity.

AAUW members can then vote for the artwork they would like to see featured on a collection of notecards we will mail this spring. The back of the cards will include the winning artist’s biography, branch affiliation (if applicable) and an interesting fact about AAUW.

Visit us online for more information or to view last year’s gallery of submissions.

We hope to receive submissions from all AAUW artists this year, so please spread the word. Feel free to forward this email through your branch and state communications.

We look forward to seeing your work!

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Monday, September 16: College Women Leaders Making a Difference. 


Maryville College students Bronte Taylor, Maria Vanegas, and Kirksey Croft  attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) on scholarships supported by AAUW of Tennessee and the Women’s Equity Foundation.

These three leaders inspired the audience with their experiences at the conference in May 2019.  With their outstanding presentation they demonstrated why we can be confident that the young women of today are ready to tackle the problems of tomorrow.

Guests and AAUW members mingled and enjoyed the conversation prior to the presentation.


August 19, 2019 Branch meeting: Power and Privilege in America. A workshop coordinated by Vandy Kemp.


The American Association of University Women strongly supports providing an excellent education for all children, not private school vouchers for a few.

Jennifer Spirko, Kathie Shiba and Karen Coleman, members of the Maryville Branch rally for a no vote on school vouchers.

"Equal Pay For All" Instagram shareableEqual Pay Day 2019

Branch members Karen Coleman and Linda Spannaus are assisted by Photogenic Pup Leila in educating students at Pellissippi State Community College on the pay gap. Branch members have gone to PSCC for several years to deliver pamphlets and Pay Day candy bars to all who will listen.

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. It’s also a powerful occasion to raise awareness about and organize action around the gender pay gap.

Monday, April 15: Branch meeting. “Denise J. Dean: Freedom School”

Denise J. Dean

Denise J. Dean is the Project Director for Freedom Schools in Knoxville and Alcoa. This will be the school’s second summer in Alcoa. Freedom Schools focus on literacy, integrating it into a broad and engaging curriculum that aims at inspiring students and reinforcing important fundamental concepts. The readers and instructors are drawn from the local communities of each school. The public is invited to come learn more about this exciting educational program! We will begin at 5:30 with time for socializing. A brief business meeting for AAUW members and other interested attendees will follow the program.


Monday, March 28, 2019

Women’s Words; Girls’ Voices. A celebration of Women’s History Month

An enthusiastic crowd  joined us in celebrating Women’s History Month and applauded our guest area high school and Maryville College students who read the words of some of American’s finest female thinkers and writers.

Thanks to Wendy Pitts Reeves, Vandy Kemp, the high school teachers who assisted, the brave young women who read for us, and Vienna Coffee House for hosting!


Super Expanding Your Horizons 

Jaclyn Badeau, CPA

AAUW Maryville Branch and the Women’s Equity Foundation sponsored the third Expanding Your Horizons event in East Tennessee organized by AAUW member Maria Toncray. EYH, a conference for girls in middle school, is a daylong event that includes hands-on STEM activities led by active women scientists. The fifty-five girls in attendance met role models and learned about careers in those fields. The 2018 event included a keynote speech by Jaclyn T. Badeau, CPA, CGMA, MBA from Tempur Sealy International, In. in Lexington, KY. Interactive workshops included:

Engineering Design Activities with DENSO engineers and interaction with “Henry the Robot”





Knoxville Zoo Animal Investigation with live animals guided by Bethany Dunn



Dr. Al Hazari


Fun with Forensic Chemistry learning crime-solving techniques with Dr. Al Hazari (ret.) of the UT Chemistry Department





Using calculators to solve a homicide


Body of Evidence with Tammy L. Jones, TLJ Consulting Group, in which students become CSI sleuths using Texas Instruments calculators to solve a homicide.




Fifty-five girls in grades 5-8 attended the 2018 Expanding Your Horizons

Major donors included AAUW Maryville Branch,  Arconic, DENSO, and the Women’s Equity Foundation.

Congratulations to Maria Toncray and her team on another successful EYH!