Welcome to the Cortland (NY) Branch of AAUW!


Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 7 pm

This will be a Zoom branch meeting using your computer or phone.

Oct. 8 at 7 pm “Start Smart” Zoom

We are pleased to have Nan Pasquarello and Meredith Morrell Chase discuss the AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation program. They will describe the curriculum, and give examples of questions and information shared within the program.

Start Smart teaches women to successfully advocate for themselves in a job interview. This in turn, helps close the pay gap for women everywhere. According to AAUW research, one year out of college women are paid significantly less than men and this gap grows larger over time in a woman’s career.

Our Cortland Branch has sponsored Start Smart for 4 years and it is held at least once a year at SUNY Cortland. Our contract will be up in 2021 and we need to discuss ways to raise the funds to continue offering this important workshop.


Celebrating our Early History

During our annual meeting on April 30, 2018 we recognized 3 members, Sandra Decker, Grace Bentley, and Joan Johnson, who have been part of our organization since the beginning and were instrumental in getting the Cortland branch started back in the early 60s. Pictured are Grace and Joan with Cortland Branch President Sheila Cohen. Sandra could not attend but flowers were delivered to her as well. Thank you to all of those who paved the way. It was not an easy process as this AAUW Historical Timeline, compiled by Branch Historian Jan Dempsey, will point out.

October 24, 2019 – We are sad to report that one of our founding members, Grace Bentley (pictured below on the left) passed away on October 23, 2019, one day short of her 100th birthday. She was a very special person and an inspiration to us all. RIP, Grace!


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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By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.