2021 Used Book Sale Announcements:

The 2021 Used Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 9th – Tuesday, October 12th at the Ag Arena on Penn State’s campus. Please find more information about attending the Used Book Sale by clicking here. Book donations for future sales will resume on October 26th, 2021.

Advocating for Education, Leadership & Equity for Women & Girls

AAUW’s Nationwide women’s advocacy network opens doors for women and girls and influences public debate on critical social issues such as education, civil rights, and workplace equity.

AAUW publishes groundbreaking research on women and girls, is one of the world’s largest resources of funding exclusively for graduate women, and fights sex discrimination in all levels of education.

The State College branch of AAUW was founded in 1916 and has approximately 150 members who continually seek ways to work toward improving the lives of all women. Our State College branch has a long history of leadership and community service.



A gap exists at all levels of work in almost every occupation. There is a gender pay gap in every state. It cuts across all age groups and demographics, significantly for women of color. The gap greets a woman as soon as she gets out of college and grows wider …


Women still lag far behind men when it comes to leadership roles. They remain significantly under-represented at the highest rungs of almost every field: corporate, government, nonprofit, education, law, medicine, finance and banking, and the military.


From preschool through high school, most children encounter some degree of “gender tracking,” stereotypes, and expectations that can set them on a lifelong path. Tracking in early education helps account for why so many professional women are still making less.



AAUW State College is committed to promoting interest and achievement among girls and women in the STEM areas—science, technology, engineering, and math. We are actively involved in several local STEM initiatives. In conjunction with Centre County school districts, AAUW State College co-sponsors multi-week after-school programs with a STEM focus. We also award grants to local organizations, schools, and groups that propose STEM programs that will positively impact Centre County girls or women.


The purpose of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through adovocacy, education, and research. The AAUW State College branch presents educational scholarships to deserving women each year. The purpose of these scholarships is to support women who, at some point, have interrupted thier undergraduate studies for at least two years and who wish to resume or continue their studies at this time.


AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW State College awards numerous community grants each year to nonprofits located within Centre County that promote our mission. We believe that collaborative community-based initiatives form a robust foundation for advancing equity locally and, ultimately, globally.


For nearly sixty years, we have organized one of the largest used book sales in the country. Income from the sale funds grants that support projects of Centre County non-profits that align with AAUW’s mission and scholarships awarded as well as women undergraduates residing in Centre County. Sale proceeds also support national AAUW initiatives, STEM programs in Centre County, and our branch operations. AAUW State College has been a powerful force for advancing gender equity for women and girls in our community through advocacy, education, and research for over one hundred years.

Visit our Used Book Sale page to learn more!