Do No Harm v. American Association of University Women


Case Information

Case Name
Do No Harm v. American Association of University Women
Case Status
Open
Location
Washington DC

A discriminatory “Selected Professions Fellowships” program offered by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) illegally excludes certain women based on race.

Women pursuing an education in one of AAUW’s designated degree programs can receive $20,000 and networking opportunities. Fellowships awarded for medicine, law, and business are “restricted to women of color” and are “open only to women from ethnic minority groups … Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino/a, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.”

AAUW’s “Selected Professions Fellowships” program violates the Civil Rights Act of 1866, 42 U.S.C. §1981, which requires racial equality in “to mak[ing] and enforce[ing] contracts.”

Do No Harm filed this lawsuit on behalf of its medical student members who meet all criteria laid out by AAUW but are ineligible to apply to the fellowship because of their race.