Welcome to the AAUW Long Beach Branch!



Empowering women since 1881!


Upcoming Events:

New Beginnings: Immigrant Women

Saturday March 2, 2019 

Women immigrants have played a dynamic role in transforming America socially, politically and economically. Women historically have accounted for almost fifty percent of immigrants and currently exceed that. Women’s motivations for migration have been varied and complex. Gender has influenced migrant women’s choices to immigrate as well as their opportunities and challenges upon arrival.

Today there are more than 20 million immigrant women and girls in the United States making up 52% of recent immigrants. Nearly 12 million immigrant (foreign-born) women are workers in the United States today, comprising just over 7 percent of the total labor force. They are a formidable presence in U.S. society and the U.S. economy. Immigrant women workers are found at both ends of the educational spectrum; just over one-third have a bachelor’s degree or more, while more than two-fifths have a high-school diploma or less. Immigrant women work in every occupation and despite their hard work and educational achievements, immigrant women earn less than foreign-born men, and less than native-born men or women.

Statistics alone, do not tell the story of immigration, people do. Since its inception, this nation has been continually infused with the energy of newcomers. Yet their assimilation has seldom been smooth. The challenges faced today are not new, only the stories are. Sharing their stories with us will be a group of fascinating women who came to this country and are making their impact felt. Chanden Chance serves as President of United Nations Association, Organizing Group Long Beach – South Bay. Sandy Grigsby is a personal brand portrait photographer, author, and motivational speaker. Gaia Valentino was born in Avellino, Italy and now works in sales and marketing. Bianca Vobecky is the Founder, President & CEO of Vobecky Enterprises, Inc., a business dedicated to providing construction, construction management and nationwide trucking services. Join us on Saturday March 2 for another impactful meeting designed to allow immigrant women’s stories to be heard.


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Work Smart Workshops:




Past Events: 

Women, Wealth, and Power

Saturday February 2, 2019

Emerging Faces of Change

The amount of wealth influenced by women and the rate at which it has been increasing are remarkable. Women are responsible for approximately $18.4 trillion in consumer spending and hold approximately 30 percent of global wealth. They are the sole financial decision-makers for one-third of households in the United States, 72% of Millennial women are primary decision makers for financial planning and 95 percent are involved in their households’ financial decisions. Continue Reading


Yes, We Do STEM

Saturday January 5, 2019

Do little girls grow up and do science? Yes they do!
On Saturday, January 5th, Marie Carroll of the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena will be at our
AAUW meeting to tell us all about women and science. Marie is a Configuration Manager who calls herself “the ultimate party planner”. She coordinates all of the STEM engineering areas to make sure that JPL’s “space-y” things get off the ground, and that they are working correctly, within budget, and on-time. Continue Reading




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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:

  • Thursday evening, January 24, Junior League of Long Beach, Sponsored by Wells Fargo
  • Wednesday evening, February 27, Long Beach/Signal Hill WorkPlace, Sponsored by Wells Fargo

Past Workshops:

  • Saturday afternoon, December 8, The Conservation Corps Bldg, Marina Park, Sponsored by Wells Fargo
  • 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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