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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We Grow Girls! Thank You, Donors!

Your contributions make our outstanding programming posssible.

Take a look at three videos about some of our programs:

Malinda Joshi, on her experiences with Sister to Sister and how that WEF-funded program affected her life and her career:


Maria  Toncray, coordinator of  Expanding Your Horizons, our STEM-education program :


Christy Walsh coordinator of the NCCWSL program  for college women student leaders:



Vandy Kemp, Wendy Pitts Reeves, and Jennifer Spirko in the Every  Women Vote campaign

The Every Woman Vote project includes 100 interviews of women in honor of this years centennial of Woman Suffrage: Why do you vote?  AAUW Maryville Branch members Vandy Kemp, Wendy Pitts Reeves. and Jennifer Spirko explain why they are passionate about voting! To see all the interviews go to everywomanvote.me

Coming Events


Friday, May7:  AAUW Book Group. 12:30 via Zoom. Contact Autumn Hall for the link. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown .

Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times; the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

Monday, May 10. Branch Meeting. Election of officers and Buffalo Auction. 5:30 pm. Outdoors at the home of Autumn Hall.

Friday, June 4: AAUW Book Group. 12:30 via Zoom. Contact Autumn Hall for the link.  The Midnight Library: by Matt Haig .

“Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?


Related imageRecent Branch Highlights


Hosted by AAUW Maryville & League of Women Voters of Blount County

It was a grand turnout of at least 70 cars to celebrate the centennial of women winning the right to vote with the ratification of the 19 Amendment to the US Constitution in Tennessee! Participants came ready for the occasion.

See the 5 min. 45 sec. video taken by Janna Federer here

New video by Jennifer W Spirko


WEF Publishes Suffrage Play

The Women’s Equity Foundation, the charitable arm of AAUW Maryville Branch,  announced 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.  B. Ayne Cantrell has updated and revised her suffrage play, originally published in Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage.

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.


Women’s History Month  2020

Our wonderful second-annual Women’s History Month evening, “Women’s Words, Girls’ Voices,” was  held Thursday, March 5, at Vienna Coffee House (212 College St., Maryville). The event featured students from local high schools reading passages from women’s history that they have chosen. This event is  a great opportunity to celebrate our heritage and also our future, as we cheer on these articulate and talented young women.




 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 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


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!