W e l c o m e to AAUW-LB

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The Laguna Beach, California branch of AAUW offers opportunities for women in Laguna and surrounding communities to meet and network with other interesting women. We have members in Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Capistrano, Newport Beach, San Clemente, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Fountain Valley and others.

Instead of monthly meetings, we offer many interesting exciting programs and events, focused on having fun, making friends, and exploring topics of interest to women. Our branch also has several Interest Groups-art, books, poetry, international affairs, etc. - where members with similar interests  meet regularly for discussions, tours or to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.

We also have several fundraising events each year that are open to members and non-members. Through grants and scholarships we use proceeds from these events to support education for women at all levels, from pre-school through graduate school.

We welcome you to explore this website to find out more about what we do and what we can do for you. 

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President Nancy Miller with honoree Pat Griggs

On March 8 at the annual Literary Luncheon Pat Griggs was named Gift Honoree, an AAUW Funds Award for Outstanding Dedication to the Branch.

The award is given to an individual who has given time and effort in promoting branch activities.  Pat Griggs has served twice as Co-President and as the 2014 Silent Auction Co-chair.


President Orders Crucial Equal Pay Protections
In a move that AAUW has long supported, President Barack Obama signed two executive orders on April 8 to increase pay protections for women. The protections apply to federal contractors, who make up about a quarter of the workforce. Now these employers can’t retaliate against workers who share salary information, and the U.S. Department of Labor will begin to collect wage data to identify patterns of discrimination. In the absence of congressional action, the executive orders are a huge victory in the fight for fair pay.

Nominating Committee

The five members of the AAUW-LB Nominating Committee are:

  • Barbara  Antonacci, Chair
  • Miriam Kranser
  • Lee Winocur Field
  • Peggy Jaffe
  • Marie Tippets.

Nominees for 2014-15 Branch Officers are: 

Co-Presidents: Lesley Danziger and Nancy Miller
Co-Vice Presidents: Anita Halton, Alison King, and Nancy Lawrence
Program Cochairs: Diane Ertley and Deana Pink
Membership Cochairs: Peggy Jaffe, Amy Larson and Faire Momayez
Co-Secretaries: Dinah Granafei and Leah Vazquez


Election of officers will be in April online by Survey Monkey and by paper ballots mailed to the members without Internet services.

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AAUW-Laguna Beach is a 501(c) (4) organization. AAUW Laguna Beach Branch is a unique multidimensional group of women in the arts, education, business, science, and law, and community affairs. Together we are working to empower women and girls through education to reach their full potential.
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