The jewelry sale is the first in a series of fundraising events planned for 2022-23 to support AAUW’s mission of promoting the advancement of women and girls through education, gender equity and greater economic security.
For 50 consecutive years, AAUW McLean held an annual used-book sale that raised significant funds for scholarships. The popular community event had to be postponed during the Covid epidemic. Since then, the book sale has not resumed because space donated in the past by a local business is no longer available and AAUW McLean has been unable to secure a new location at which to collect, sort and store the tens of thousands of donated books.
Anyone in the community willing to offer an empty storefront or other space for several months to support the used-book sale can contact AAUW McLean through the organization’s website, at https://mclean-va.aauw.net/.
Founded in 1969, the McLean Branch of AAUW sponsors a range of programs in public policy, advocacy, education and gender equity. The Branch currently provides scholarships for women returning to Marymount and Trinity universities and Bennett College. To promote girls’ achievement in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), AAUW McLean sponsors awards programs at the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair and at McLean and Langley high schools.
The group recently introduced a new program to recognize local high-school students for their efforts to make their school environments welcoming to students of all backgrounds, races and abilities.