Welcome to WEF


The 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.


Special Sale on Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage Has Special Results

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Thank you to all those who took advantage of our recent special sale of copies of Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage. With your help, we believe we will be able to once again fund a scholarship for a Tennessee college woman to attend the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). Proceeds from sales of Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage, written and edited by Tennessee women, have funded 9 AAUW of Tennessee  NCCWSL scholarships for Tennessee college women. —Editors Charlotte Crawford and Ruth Johnson Smiley



WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH FLYER 2.19.19.pdfDon’t miss our 2019 celebration of Women’s History Month! This year, local high school students will entertain and inspire us with the words of America’s finest female thinkers and writers. Bring your friends to this free public event.

March 28, 2019, 7:00-8:15 pm

Vienna Coffee House,  212 College St, Maryville, TN

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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!

In 2006, we were recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 supporting organization of AAUW Maryville Branch. We celebrated our 10-year anniversary with a gala even that included a 13-minute movie of highlights, Celebrating 10 Years of Empowering Women and Girls. It can be viewed here.

Thank you for your support over the past ten years! 
Women's Equity Foundation