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Miriam Dow, 2006 Woman of Achievement
  Pictured Above: Mimi Dow (left)and Tamara Brown, AAUW president.

Each year the Buffalo branch of the American Association of University Women honors a local example of achievement at their annual luncheon. This year’s honoree was Mimi Dow, the founder and executive director of WomenStories. Following a clip from the video Chemotherapy, Mimi gave a short acceptance speech and answered questions from the audience.

The American Association of University Women promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change. The Buffalo Branch of the AAUW was founded in 1890, and is the largest in New York State with over 250 members who represent leaders from the arts, business, education, government, law, medicine, science, and technology. Buffalo branch projects include a used book sale, the proceeds of which fund scholarships for local young women and interest-free loans and various educational programs. The branch also supports the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund which supports litigants seeking redress for discrimination in higher education. Additionally the AAUW developed a program Tech Savvy, a program to introduce possible careers in science, math, technology, and engineering to middle school girls.