Welcome to the Portsmouth, VA Branch of AAUW!

Like fighting an addiction, being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination”, Ibram X. Kendi, HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST. This book, along with several additional books with powerful messages, were reviewed and discussed at the Portsmouth Branch Book Group meeting on November 9, 2020. Our members are committed to continuing this discussion as we identify ways that we may individually and collectively become more consistently antiracist.


Monday, December 14, 2020
7 p.m. via ZOOM
Members will discuss THE YELLOW HOUSE by Sarah Broom

If you are interested in participating, please contact us for the link.


January 18, 2021
7 p.m. via ZOOM
This meeting will be a social for our members and guests. We will be enjoying fun activities and conversation. Be prepared with a favorite dessert and drink to enjoy while we are sharing some time together.

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In Memoriam
Mary Swain American Association of University Women (AAUW)

The AAUW Portsmouth Branch celebrates the life and memory of our longtime friend and member, Mary Martin Swain.  Mary, age 80, ​ passed away Sat. Nov. 7, 2020. She was born on June 24, 1940. A memorial service will be held at a later date. She was survived by ​ her husband of 53 years, Robert Swain, ​ 2 sons, 4 grandsons and 2 great grandchildren.
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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

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