Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
AAUW Sioux Falls Branch
During most of the 19th century, few women completed high school and only daughters of the privileged or well educated had an opportunity for a higher education. In 1881 seventeen women met in Boston, Massachusetts, to discuss forming an association to help other women. By earning a college degree, each had greatly exceeded the educational prospects available for most women of that time. This group formally organized a month later as the Association of Collegiate Alumnae (ACA) . Its mission was to band together to encourage other women to pursue the goals of a college education, equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change. The first ACA research survey studied the impact of higher education upon the health of women. Contrary to statements made by a prominent Boston physician, the study reached the conclusion that a woman’s health was not adversely effected by attending college. ACA offered to admit branches as local chapters of the parent organization, and South Dakota’s first branch was organized at Huron in 1917. Later the national association’s name was changed to American Association of University Women (AAUW)
.In 1923 Lorena King Fairbanks invited 11 women to her home for a March 18 organizational meeting. Included was Claire
Erected 2006 by Sioux Falls Branch of the American Association of University Women Carol Martin Mashek the Minnehaha County Historical Society Sioux Falls Community
Location. 43° 31.978′ N, 96° 44.303′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on West 22nd Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the campus of the University of Sioux Falls, at the gate from 22nd Street, in front of the Norman B. Mears Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 West 22nd Street, Sioux Falls SD 57105, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Yankton Trail and Stage Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Drs. Van Demark (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pillars of the Nation (approx. ¾ mile away); Lady Liberty (approx. ¾ mile away); Sioux Falls Municipal Band (approx. 0.8 miles away); Helen Gale McKennan (approx. 0.8 miles away); Department of Veterans Affairs (approx. 0.8 miles away); The First School House 1873 (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Additional keywords. American Association of University Women
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Education • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Women •
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