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Dear Members and Supporters, 

As we reflect on another year, the AAUW Honolulu Board would like to thank all those who helped move us forward toward our goal of gender equity in Hawaii. Your support has allowed us to continue our most effective programs and branch out to new endeavors that create opportunities for women across the state. Here are a few examples of how we put our resources to work in 2023: 


The Scholarship Committee granted six graduate student scholarships through Hawaii Community Foundation and nine scholarships for non-traditional undergraduate students. This year’s winners are pursuing degrees in a variety of fields ranging from computer science to rehabilitation science, and they all have incredible stories of resilience. 


The Branch awarded Career and Leadership Grants to ten applicants who sought out ways to advance their professional skills, not only increasing their earning potential, but improving the lives of others here in our state. A volunteer committee selected recipients across numerous careers including marine biology, chemistry, crisis management, and technology. 


The AAUW Intern program continued with both graduate and undergraduate women gaining valuable work experience while educating the university community about gender equity. Through movie screenings, donation drives, and community events, they’ve spread the word about AAUW throughout both the UH Manoa and KCC campuses. 


The Aviation Committee awarded funds to three aspiring pilots as they pursue their aviation training. Special thanks to member Tweet Coleman for her financial support of this scholarship which aims to put more local women in the sky. 


In partnership with CNHA (Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement), the Branch sponsored the first Wahine Cohort for the CNHA Trades Academy CDL License program. Twelve women graduated from the program in September, paving the way for a career in a male-dominated field. 


AAUW Honolulu is proud to back these local women who are gaining economic security and becoming capable and compassionate leaders in their industries. We hope you’ll continue to support this important work in the upcoming year and we wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season. 


Hope Bennett
President, AAUW Honolulu Board of Directors

Hope Bennett

Equal Pay Day

"AAUW is fighting to close the gender pay gap for all women of Hawaii...
Two centuries is too long of a wait for equality."

- AAUW Honolulu President

Letter from the Board President
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