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OUR HISTORY

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN

The American Association of Women (AAW) was founded in 1984 in California and operates as a non-profit, educational organization under IRS Section 501.(c)(3). Our mission is to encourage women and the general public to become involved, interested and knowledgeable on the formation of public policy and in the governmental process. Through its initiatives the AAW provides a means for civic-minded individuals to become informed, to initiate debate, evaluate issues, to challenge the status quo to problem solving and to encourage civic responsibility to benefit the local community and the nation. Over the years the AAW has addressed public policy issues that affect national, state and local policy. 

  • In 1986, due to extensive research by AAW on Blood Transfusion Safety, a presentation was made by our AAW President before the Board of Directors of the American Blood Commission in Arlington, Virginia.
  • in 1986 AAW began researching the affects of gang violence in Los Angeles on secondary education, which led to participation at a White House Conference on Education in 1987.
  •  The AAW formation of the Citizens Protection Alliance and telephone Hot Line in 1993 focused public attention on the ineffectiveness of local law enforcement and resulted in citizen participation in community efforts to deter street crime.
  • In 1992 the AAW analyzed higher education tuition policies to ensure consistency with State and Federal law.  Our research resulted in legal action that upheld previous court decisions  that denied  reduced fees known as :in-state tuition" to non California residents, including students in the country illegally. 
  • In 1993 AAW's outreach program began production and distribution of a public affairs cable access programming known as "The News Behind The News" (R) and registered all three trademarks "Full Disclosure"(R) and " Full Disclosure Network"(R).
  • In January 1999 the AAW began production of a special documentary television series, exploring the relationship between the U. S. Attorney General, the U. S. President and Special/Independent Prosecutors. The series is a definitive, first-hand account of how America investigates the Presidency.
  • In 2001 the Full Disclosure (R) the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented their Emmy(R) Award  for the public affairs, informational series "L.A. 's War Against Terrorism" featuring LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, L A County Sheriff Leroy Baca, City Councilman Mark Ridley Thomas and Police Union President Mitzie Grasso and LAPD Captain Ken Hillman.

AAW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Leslie C. Dutton, President

Civic Activist, Local News Columnist and
(Producer & Host of the Full Disclosure Television Program)


Lorraine Colich, AAW Corporate Secretary, Delegate, National Assistance League of the United States
AAW Founding Board Member 1984

 
James B. Reidy, Jr., Treasurer

Former Mayor Pro-Tem City of Santa Monica)
(Prof. Emeritus L. A. Pierce College Computer Science)


Esther Rushford Greene, Director (Emeritus)

Former Political Director, California Chamber of Commerce
(Retired Chief Deputy. Director, Calif. Dept. Economic Development)