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 possible. 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: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A3aTY-aGJn6-wx4NUb_doYuOGrVvydCG/view Maria  Toncray, coordinator of  Expanding Your Horizons, our STEM-education program : https://mail.tds.net/service/home/~/?id=318790&part=2&auth=co&disp=i Christy Walsh coordinator of the NCCWSL program  for college women student leaders: https://www.facebook.com/MaryvilleAAUW/videos/135466784745773  



Coming Events


Wednesday, May 18, 5:00-7:00 pm, CHANGE OF VENUE TO Chilhowee Club, 223 Clarion Ave in Maryville.  This is the annual Buffalo Auction and branch social. Proceeds support branch activities. Members donate gently used or new items; tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and are available at the door.  Save your special items for the auction.  Noshing on charcuterie boards will be available at a cost of $6 per person. RSVP to Karen Coleman by May 11.

Some of the goodies at a previous Buffalo Auction.



Related imageRecent Branch Highlights

NCCWSL Recipients

Grace Kidd, one of three AAUW Maryville NCCWSL scholarship recipients reported on her experience at the May 2021 NCCWSL conference. The 2021 event was virtual for the first time, but participants agreed that it was an exciting experience. Grace Kidd is a student at Pellissippi State Community College.  She started as a student at Maryville College where she was a Bonner Scholar and student campus leader for a food insecurity club. Grace tells us “I switched colleges to go part time as I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my degree, and I thought this would be the best way to give me more time to think about what I would like to do. I will be graduating with my associate’s in the spring, and I will be continuing my degree at the University of Tennessee where I will be majoring in a degree related to agriculture.”


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 https://vimeo.com/430446646?ref=fb-share&fbclid=IwAR0XAGNVolrz8ufEW3V0rEXtuaN7Q5eCnmaaqY6rh4T9sJjv7xAmXtwdPb8

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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!