The American Association of University Women (AAUW) was founded in 1881 by Marian Talbot. She established the historic principles which advocate academic freedom, protection from censorship, and vigorous defense of the right to learn and to teach for women. AAUW also advocates measures that strengthen the profession of teaching. To promote equality of opportunity and treatment of women on campus, AAUW established its fellowships program in 1888, which became the AAUW Educational Foundation in 1958, and the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund in 1981. The Hershey Branch of the AAUW was established in 1972, promoting these founding principles through service to the Hershey community.