Monday, October 12, 2020

Meet us for Cocktails & Conversation!

Join AAUW Murfreesboro at our Cocktails & Conversation social event. This event is the perfect opportunity to get to know who we are and what we do in AAUW. 

We will be limiting in-person to 10, but a virtual option will be available via Zoom. Masks will be available for the in=person event. We request you bring your own mask (BYOM). A Zoom link will be sent out at a later date.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020
5:30 - 7:00 PM

Lee Ann Carmack's Home, 1206 Maymont Drive in Murfreesboro (Google Map) or virtually via Zoom

AAUW-Murfreesboro will play host to a Facebook Live discussion on the importance of voting from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. 

The moderated discussion will feature military science faculty member Steve Daugherty, members of the Rutherford County Election Commission Judy Whitesell, MTSU political science professor Dr. Sekou Franklin, and Democracy Project Director Mary Evins.

The virtual forum will be broadcast live on Facebook. Learn about the event here and follow our Facebook page.


Steve Daugherty
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Steve Daugherty, a military science faculty member, will talk about the importance of voting how he hopes to improve Tennessee’s dismal election turnout rates. In 2016, Tennessee had the third worst voter participation rate in the nation with only West Virginia and Hawaii turning out fewer voters.

Judy Whitesell
A member of the Rutherford County Election Commission, Judy Whitesell will answer questions about the election process in Rutherford County and Tennessee.

Dr. Sekou Franklin
A professor in political science at MTSU, Dr. Sekou Franklin is an expert in African-American politics and racial/ethnic Politics, as well as American and comparative social movements and citizen participation. Dr. Franklin will discuss why your voice matters in the political process.

Dr. Mary Evins
Executive Director of the American Democracy Project, Dr. Mary Evins is a research professor at MTSU who specializes in social and political Hhistory and women's history. The American Democracy Project is a multi-campus initiative that seeks to create an intellectual and experiential understanding of civic engagement for undergraduates.
If you have any questions for the speakers, email them to or send us a message on Facebook.

Absentee Ballot Reminder

There's still time to request an absentee ballot. If anyone has any questions, please contact the Rutherford County Election Commission at 615-898-7743 between the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or via email at
You can also find information about races in your district at
Click the image to learn more through the Facebook event.


Mark your calendars.

AAUW will host a socially distant Holiday Party on Thursday evening, Dec. 10. More details will be released as the date approaches.

A group of local women have launched a new organization in Rutherford County–a chapter for 100+ Women Who Care. This unique giving group was started in 2006 in Jackson, Michigan, and has spread, mostly by word of mouth, to more than 500 chapters around the world. 

Once a quarter, chapter members meet for 90 minutes. After 30 minutes of networking, three nonprofit nominees are selected from a list of vetted organizations; the 100+ Women Who Care members who nominated the organizations share five-minute presentations about why the nonprofit is deserving of support. Members then vote to select a winner. The final step: each member writes a check for $100 (or gives via a link, for those who prefer credit card giving or who can’t attend the meeting), directly to the winning charity. The checks are collected and the meeting is adjourned. A delivery, often a surprise, is planned for the near future to present the selected charity with the collective donations.

Learn more at

Email your activist activities to, and we'll share them on social media and website. We want to know what you've done in 2020 to make the world a better place for women & girls.
AAUW Murfreesboro (TN) Branch
Leveling the playing field for women and girls since 1913
In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership and leadership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.
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