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Give a Grad a Gift

Do you know any new college graduates? What better gift can you give than a FREE one-year AAUW membership! As an AAUW member you have the power to gift ANY number of free one-year AAUW memberships to recent college graduates. Give one, give 100, or give 1,000! Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.  Read more.

27th Annual Woman of the Year Award

Each March AAUW Wyandotte-Downriver Branch is honored to present the Woman of the Year Award in recognition of Woman’s History Month. The awards are presented to Downriver women and men whose efforts have strengthened, supported and/or made a difference in the lives of others in a significant way.


Erika Geiss – AAUW 2018 Award Recipient. From Taylor,Erika is a wife, mother of two, entrepreneur, dedicated government official and a AAUW Wyandotte-Downriver Branch member. She is a steadfast role model for women and girls. As an active community member, Erika serves on Taylor’s Master Plan Steering Committee and on the Taylor Cultural Arts Commission. She is also a member of the Wayne County Council for the Arts, History and Humanities, plus sits on the Taylor Substance Abuse Prevention Taskforce, the Beaumont Teen Health Center and Taylor Career Tech Education Center advisory boards and is an advisor to the Board of Vista Maria.

Evelyn Kosowski – AAUW 2018 Honoree. From Grosse Ile, is retired from Woodhaven High School with 31 years of service.  Evelyn’s dedication and fervor extends to her association with the Soroptimists International of Flat Rock, since 1980.  She lives the mission to improve the lives of women through education by stewarding the Soroptimists’ largest funding raising event which enabled the group to increase educational scholarships through three distinguished award programs. In addition, Evelyn is the driving force behind the ‘Run for Ryan’ annual fundraiser for the school athletic program. Also, volunteers with the Kiwanis on soup and mission drives.

Annette May – AAUW 2018 Honoree. From Allen Park, Annette has broken the glass ceiling for women in all aspects of the beer industry.  She always takes time to support and teach others her craft.  Annette’s passion for the industry is demonstrated in two key areas of achievement.  First, Annette is the founding member of Fermenta, the Michigan’s Women’s Craft Collective, dedicated to the diversity, networking, and education on beer.  In addition, Annette is the first female certified Cicerone and Michigan’s first and only Advanced Cicerone in a field of seven women nationwide.

We also celebrated our 2018 Collegiate Scholarship Recipients attending Baker College, Henry Ford College, Lawrence Tech and Wayne County Community College. Also three scholarships were awarded to students attending AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). We wish all of winners the very best future in their fields.

Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger is committed to helping our community grow and prosper and through its Kroger Community Rewards®, AAUW members can contribute to the Foundation through this program…all you need to do is enroll, shop at any Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!

Link here for all the details on Kroger’s website and select organization number 90688 for the AAUW WYANDOTTE-DOWNRIVER FOUNDATION INC.

Thanks for your support.

Welcome to the Wyandotte-Downriver (MI) Branch!

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.

AAUW’s Mission
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW’s Value Promise
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.