AAUW Campus Action Projects

AAUW Campus Action Project (CAP) grants award 10–12 campus teams up to $5,000 to implement initiatives that promote women’s leadership. CAP teams of students, faculty, and staff join forces to combat the gender leadership gap.


What is the gender leadership gap?

From Capitol Hill to corporate boardrooms, women are much less likely than men to hold leadership positions in their fields. Despite impressive gains for women in education and the workplace throughout the past 50 years, the gender leadership gap still leaves all women greatly outnumbered in top positions. Women of color, who are affected by both racial and gender discrimination, are especially underrepresented in these roles: Fewer than 3 percent of board directors at Fortune 500 companies, for example, are Asian, black, or Hispanic women.

What can you do about it?

End the tired gender stereotypes that hold women back. Show your community that gender parity is a step forward for everyone by applying for a $5,000 grant to amplify your voice and empower women leaders in your community.

Pick your team, pick your project, and apply!

Previous CAP teams have implemented mentorship programs, created networking events, and brought inspirational guest speakers to campus to achieve their goals. Other teams have shown their creativity through artistic visual campaigns or spoken word performances. Whatever you decide, AAUW wants to help you take action to empower women and girls.


Past AAUW Campus Action Projects

The 2017–17 University of Dar es Salaam CAP team created a program to support women leaders on their campus.

The 2014–15 University of Maryland, Baltimore County, CAP team created a visual campaign and hosted an event that empowered women of color on their campus.

The 2015–16 Trinity College CAP team partnered with their local Girl Scouts troop to promote science, technology, engineering, and math.