Welcome to the AAUW Long Beach Branch!



Empowering women since 1881!


Upcoming Events:

Celebrate with a Wassail

Saturday December 1, 2018

Veteran members, new members and guests are invited to clink their Wassail glasses together to wish good health and festive cheer to each other at this free event. We will also be offering our monthly opportunity drawing at this event, for the purpose of supporting our scholarship programs at CSULB and LBCC!

The 2018 Holiday Wassail will be held on Saturday, December 1st at the home of Charlotte Joseph from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be plenty of refreshments for everyone to enjoy. This is a perfect opportunity for potential members get to know the branch in a more intimate setting, and Shelley’s artsy Interest Group Boards will be on display. Here’s your chance to show off our accomplishments and for guests to learn more about our many branch programs that advance equity for women and girls.

No reservations are needed for this event. We look forward to seeing everyone for this special social occasion. Stop in for a cup of Wassail and stay to share good food with friends. We look forward to seeing you! Please call Charlotte with any questions or if you need more information.

Checkout the Vantage for more details.



Work Smart Workshops:




A Little Mystery Here and There Shared By Authors, Wendy Hornsby and Ellen Byron, at “Luncheon Most Deadly”

Miniature apple-green colored, wooden blocks of Frankenstein’s head complete with neck-screw, displayed on orange pumpkin trays lay in wait on pristine white tablecloths (no blood here) at “Luncheon Most Deadly,” an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Long Beach Branch fundraiser for fellowships and research and project grants held on Saturday, October 27 at Old Ranch Country Club.

Members and guests bid on Silent Auction items donated by The Fish Company, Museum of Latin American Art, Chianina Steakhouse, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-b-que, Musical Theater West and branch members as Daphne Ching-Jackson, modeled the “Money Hat”, covered with $5 dollar bills, totaling $50.00, designed by Julie Taboada and assisted by Linda Silver. Gil Goodwin later won the “Money Hat and proudly modeled it for all to see.

Judy Willis and Sharon Westafer, Chairs of the Author’s Event Committee, introduced Mary Ann Takemoto and Sonya Jackson, AAUW Fund Co-Vice Presidents and Shelley Arnold, Co-President of the Long Beach Branch of AAUW who welcomed members and guests to the Tenth Annual “Mystery Luncheon.” Shelley explained that the AAUW Fund supports all of the programs created by AAUW to promote equity for women and girls.

After the luncheon of harvest chicken salad, warm rolls with butter, and chocolate mousse cake, Chairs Willis and Westafer introduced the authors Wendy Hornsby and Ellen Byron who held the audience in laughter at their amusing stories of “how I became an author.”

Seen at the scene: Shelley Arnold, Co-President; Elsa-Karen Braden, JoAnn Kuroda with Gil Goodwin, Daphne Ching-Jackson, Adele Brown, Anne Ingalls, Ginny Baxter, Gail Morrison, Pat Ferrer, Ellen Mathis, Sandy Shelley, Judith Kaho, Mary Ann Takemoto, and Dianne Bradfield with Barry Bradfield. All books sold at this event provided by Bookseller Debbie Mitsch of Mystery Ink Bookstore, Huntington Beach, California, (714)-960-4000.

Approximately $4,000 was netted to benefit the AAUW Fund, one of the nation’s largest sources of private funding for educational programs that directly benefit women and girls. The Fund supports ground-breaking research, fellowships and grants for outstanding women from around the globe, and gives special awards for vital community projects.

Judy Willis and Sharon Westafer, Chairs of Authors’ Luncheon, were assisted by committee members Judith Kaho, Silent Auction items and baskets; JoAnn Kuroda and Gil Goodwin, check-in table; Opportunity Tickets were provided by members of AAUW Long Beach Branch; Sandy Shelley, Halloween decorations; Gail Morrison, Communications Director; Sharon Westafer, Treasurer and Reservations; Julie Taboada and Linda Silver, Money Hat; Dianne Bradfield, Door Prizes; and Becky Low, Invitation and Program.


Past Events: 

Working Women and Pay Equity

Saturday November 3, 2018, Golden Sails Inn

Economic Security: Pay Equity and Working Women is a major issue supported by AAUW National, State and Local organizations. Many women are affected by unfair working environments and unequal pay. We are affected during our working lives and at retirement since retirement income and individual social security are based on salaries, positions and length of time worked. Families are affected. Continue Reading


A Reminder To Vote on November 6

Saturday October 6, 2018, Golden Sails Inn

Do You Want to Get a Better Understanding of the Ballot Measures
Before You Vote in November?

Our October guest speaker, Nancy Mahr, is well-qualified to share with the branch her knowledge of the 11 propositions on the upcoming ballot. Nancy is member of the AAUW Palos Verdes Peninsula Branch and is a California AAUW Director and Public Policy Co-Chair. Continue Reading




To see more of past events, click here.


Are you earning what you deserve?  In 2015, full-time working women in the U.S earned 80% of what men earn.  In California, the figure is 86% – better, but still not at parity. A portion of this gap is attributed to women’s lack of knowledge in how to best negotiate for their salaries and benefits.

Created for working women, AAUW Work Smart is an interactive 2-hour workshop that teaches you to evaluate, negotiate, and articulate your worth confidently in the job market. For more specific details, please see AAUW Work Smart under Projects on this website.


Upcoming Workshops:

  • Saturday afternoon, December 8, The Conservation Corps Bldg, Marina Park, Sponsored by Wells Fargo
  • Thursday evening, January 24, Junior League of Long Beach, Sponsored by Wells Fargo

Past Workshops:

  • Thursday evening, November 8, The Nonprofit Partnership (TNP)
  • Thursday evening, October 18, Jenny Oropeza Community Center, Sponsored by Long Beach Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez
  • Wednesday afternoon, August 22, YMCA of Greater Long Beach
  • Saturday afternoon, July 21, City Councilwoman Price’s 3rd District field office in the Conservation Corps bldg., sponsored by Wells Fargo
  • Thursday evening, July 12, The Guidance Center (1301 Pine), sponsored by Wells Fargo
  • Wednesday evening, Jun 20, DeVry University (near the airport, Kilroy Airport Dr.), sponsored by Wells Fargo


Coordinated by American Association of University Women (AAUW) Long Beach, the AAUW Work Smart workshops are offered free to the public.  Reservations for the workshop must be made online at salary.aauw.org/longbeach.

Attendance is limited to 40 participants.

Come and learn how to negotiate what you deserve!


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