Welcome to WEF

LogoThe Women’s Equity Foundation, established in 2005, provides positive, energizing programs promoting opportunities for all women and girls through community outreach education and activities. National, state, and local research define issues in Tennessee for which the Foundation makes recommendations for implementation of solutions.   WEF is incorporated as a supporting organization of AAUW Maryville Branch and was granted nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable status by the IRS in October 2005. The Foundation inherits over 130 years of historical advocacy for women through the American Association of University Women.

#givingtuesday clipartWEF to participate in #GivingTuesday

For the second year, the Women’s Equity Foundation will be participating in #GivingTuesday on November 27, 2018. #GivingTuesday refers to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It began in 2012 as a global day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.  It is fueled by the power of social media and collaboration among friends.  AAUW Maryville Branch members will utilize their personal social media to help WEF participate and raise funds for to send a deserving young college woman to NCCWSL. You can donate through Facebook on November 27.


Expanding Your Horizons 2018

For the third year, WEF and AAUW Maryville Branch have sponsored Expanding Your Horizons (EYH), a daylong conference for middle school girls.  This event includes hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) led by real women scientists. At the conference, girls met STEM role models and learned more about careers in those fields. Our ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st Century challenges.


Jaclyn Badeau, CPA

Keynote speaker was Jaclyn T. Badeau, CPA who described opportunities for those skilled in mathematics. 2018 workshops included “Body of Evidence,” “Engineering Design Activities,” “Fun with Forensic Chemistry,” and “Knoxville Zoo–All About Animals.”




Leading Ladies 2017

Our third successful celebration of Women’s History Month! Local women leaders share a favorite reading or musical selection from a poem, novel, play, essay, book, song, or their own work. A diverse evening of readings and music entertained and inspired the audience at Vienna Coffee House on February 24. The evening was co-sponsored by the Women’s Equity Foundation, AAUW Maryville Branch and the Chilhowee Club.


Leading Ladies 2017. Back: Kaurri C. Williams-Cockfield (K.C.), Jane Groff, Sandy Curtis, Ellie Morrow, Frances B. Henderson, PhD, Melanie Tucker, Nichole McCord. Front: Michelle Hankes (emcee), Sharon Brothers, Anna M. Love, Colleen EM Maillie. Photo Courtesy of Chelsey Williams Photography

Leading Ladies 2017 photos

Photos courtesy of Chelsey Williams Photography

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See Our History in Photos and Music!

WEF recently celebrated our tenth anniversary of recognition by the IRS in 2006 as a 501(c)3 supporting organization of AAUW Maryville Branch. The 13-minute movie, Celebrating 10 Years of Empowering Women and Girls, can be viewed here.

Photos from the 10th Anniversary Gala are HERE!

Thank you for your support over the past ten years! 

Women's Equity Foundation