Programs in a Box Directory

AAUW’s online Programs in a Box (PIABs) offer members ideas and instructions for mission-based activities. Each Program in a Box outlines the “what, why, and how” to implement a program.

Programs in a Box reflect a wide range of AAUW activities that empower women and girls, and more PIABs are on the way. Have an idea to share? E-mail to find out how PIABs are selected.

Start Your Own ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club

Looking for ways to talk about solutions to sexual assault, girls’ education, or other feminist issues? Use this Program in a Box to start a meaningful dialogue on women, diversity, and change.

Cocktails and Convos

Hosting a Cocktails and Convos (convo is short for conversation) event is a great way to draw in the community in a casual setting where members and nonmembers alike can come together to discuss women’s issues. Use this Program in a Box to market your branch to your community and potential members in a low-pressure setting.

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Engage Your Community — Screen a Movie!

Screening a film like The Invisible War, Miss Representation, or Granny’s Got Game is an outstanding way to engage your community in a conversation about women’s issues. Showing a movie is also an excellent recruitment opportunity, because people get to learn about what you do and how important AAUW’s work is.

Host a Speech Contest for Girls

Use this Program in a Box to hold a Speech Trek contest to offer high school girls an opportunity to develop their public speaking skills.
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Know the Score: Investigate Title IX Compliance in High School Athletics

Use this Program in a Box to help high schools reach Title IX compliance in athletics and avoid the potential for expensive litigation.

Raise Money and Help Students with The Princeton Review

Use AAUW’s collaboration with the Princeton Review to provide free workshops and practice exams to women who wish to attend college or graduate school.

Re: Action Events

Re: Action events are moderated discussions of hot, current topics that affect women. Use this Program in a Box to gather a panel of local experts to start a conversation among various demographic groups in your community. This is a great way to respond to late-breaking news.

Spark Discussion and Action on Global Issues

Use documentary films and ready-made tool kits to raise awareness about human trafficking, girls’ education, or other global feminist issues.
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Use this daylong event to inspire middle and high school girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, where women are still greatly underrepresented.

Women, Their Rights, and Nothing Less: Spread Women’s History in Your Local Schools

Use this Program in a Box to collaborate with schools and bring women’s history to life in local classrooms with the Women, Their Rights, and Nothing Less online learning module. The learning tool was built by the innovative Newseum in Washington, D.C., and includes materials from AAUW’s archives. Women, Their Rights, and Nothing Less investigates the suffragists’ pioneering use of First Amendment freedoms and connects women’s fight for the vote to contemporary issues.



AAUW Fayetteville (AR) Branch members join friends and guests for their inaugural first Cocktails and Convos happy hour in June 2011.

Program in a Box Tool Kit

Download and edit sample templates, forms, and other planning resources for your branch programs and events to suit your needs.

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Mission-Based Programming

Use these resources to develop and supplement local programs and events.

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11 Leadership Essentials for AAUW Branch Programming

Learn how to build powerful, mission-based programs that will help you recruit and retain new members.