Southern New Hampshire Branch

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW is a non-partisan non-political organization that never endorses candidates or specific parties. The Southern New Hampshire Branch, established in the 1970s, hosts a variety of programs that are open to the public.
Mission ~ To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.
Vision ~ Equity for all.
Values ~ Nonpartisan. Fact-based. Integrity. Inclusion and Intersectionality.

Members of the Southern NH Branch live in southeastern NH including the following communities: Amherst, Dover, Exeter, Hanover, Hollis, Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, and Wilton. For more information about the organization contact Diana Owen at 603-673-7841.

President: Gail Agans
Membership: Diana Owen

Book group coordinators:
Mary Marsh
Linda Pellerin
Please click/tap on the Book Group schedule below to see the Reading List

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In addition to providing scholarships, when the COVID-19 concerns ease, the branch expects to return to monthly book discussions and enjoy Meet and Eat social evenings. Next March, they plan to sponsor the annual Candidates Night giving the public a chance to hear the positions of candidates running for offices on the Amherst ballot in March. Occasionally members also attend theatrical performances and see special exhibits at local museums.



May 13th, May 20th, and May 27th – 7:00 PM [Program of interest, not sponsored by our organization]
The New Hampshire Women’s Foundation 2020 Women Run! series: “How Women Leaders Are Rising to COVID-19’s Toughest Challenges — and Why We Need More Women in Public Office to Shape Our Recovery” is underway. For more information about the series and to sign up contact Crystal Paradis at For information about the organization contact Jennifer Frizzell, NH Women’s Foundation Director of Policy, at jennifer@nhwomensfoundation.or

Wednesday, 5/20 – 6:30 PMAnnual Meeting & Potluck Dinner via Zoom
The Southern NH Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold their annual meeting, remotely. Please see details at in the May Newsletter. Settle next to your computer or device with a fun dish to share virtually and a glass of your favorite beverage. The business meeting will start at 7pm. At this time the proposed governing board slate will be presented and voted on. The new term will begin on July 1, 2020. We will have the opportunity to sigh up for committees and volunteer opportunities.  Also expected is the announcement of the recipients for the branch’s annual scholarship awards. This year two Milford High School graduating seniors will each receive $1000. The young women selected are expecting to pursue studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). If you have any agenda items for our meeting, please send them to Gail in advance.


Monday, 6/1 – 7:00 PMBook Group
Book Group is not meeting on June 1.  More information on selecting the books will be in the June newsletter.


Saturday, 7/4 – 8:00 AMSoup Sales on the Green, Amherst NH
Due to the continued risk associated with COVID-19 and a unanimous decision from our local police, fire and health inspector, all public 3rd/4th of July celebrations in Amherst will be cancelled for 2020.


Monday, 8/3 – 7:00 PMBook Group link to book group title list  for 2020-2021 will be posted at a later date
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Please refer to 2019 – 2020 Book Group link, as discussion of this book was delayed due to unavailability of multiple copies on our original date. 
[Please see April 2020 Newsletter for location]



Monday, 10/5 – 7:00 PM – Book Group link to book group title list  for 2020-2021 will be posted at a later date
Educated by Tara Westover
[location TBD]

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While waiting for the economy to get back on track, consider a program developed by AAUW to help women in salary negotiation. Work Smart Online is a free course that helps women earn the pay they deserve. To access the online course type in your search bar and begin preparation to negotiate a better salary and benefits. An easy, engaging e-tool will teach participants to learn the market value of their skills and experience, determine an equitable “target salary” based on skills and experience, and ask for the pay they deserve. In surveys nearly all participants reported having more confidence and better negotiating skills after taking the class. For additional information, contact Susan Hoover at 213-6601.



AAUW Southern New Hampshire Branch News
The Southern New Hampshire Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) is delighted to pass along information about an online course and offer guidance to women interested in closing the gender pay gap.