The 5 Star National Recognition Program rewards affiliates (states, branches, other organizations) for aligning their work with the AAUW strategic plan and other initiatives that foster the organization’s mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls. The program is designed to promote cohesion between AAUW national and affiliates and increase understanding and implementation of the strategic plan goals. National recognition allows AAUW National to acknowledge and celebrate affiliates that advance AAUW’s mission.

Through engagement and activities affiliates can earn recognition through five major focus areas:

ADVANCEMENT by supporting the greatest needs fund or one of the strategic plan’s focus area.


COMMUNICATIONS & EXTERNAL RELATIONS by using web and social media that feature Work Smart Online.


PROGRAMS that align with the strategic plan.


PUBLIC POLICY & RESEARCH by moving AAUW’s Public Policy agenda forward.


GOVERNANCE & SUSTAINABILITY by ensuring effective leadership succession and strategic plan alignment.

For full information on criteria for the five focus area as well as the types of recognition affiliates will receive for attaining these stars, such as exclusive presentations from the CEO, visit Five Star Program Information or go to the AAUW homepage and search “Five Star.”