We are a bicultural community of primarily American women living in France. We also have members across Europe and around the world.
Our dynamic and diverse community represents a range of ages, backgrounds and experiences.
Click the + to the right to Learn About Our Member Benefits.
American holiday celebrations, networking, book club, writing group, film club, cultural tours.
Access to a variety of social groups (Younger Wonders, Members in the Middle, Seniors group, etc.), evening and weekend programs and more.
Speaker series – health, finance, wine, gastronomy, culture and more.
Panel discussions and projects concerning bilingual education and biculturalism.
Monthly Happy Hour for professional networking.
Quarterly AAWE News magazine.
Access to blogs, podcasts and videos on a variety of pertinent topics.
Virtual and in person events.
Access to membership and professional directories.
Volunteer opportunities with local and global charities.
Secured log-in access to the members-only website with a wealth of resources.
Member discounts for Amis du Louvre, Carte Sésame, and other local businesses.
A clubhouse in central Paris.
In-house library of college prep workbooks and information on summer camps and programs in the United States.
Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO) membership, education awards and development grant program opportunities through AAWE and FAWCO.
And, most importantly, lifelong friendships!
Click the + to read a testimonial about AAWE from a daughter of an AAWE member.
Two years ago, my mom handed me an AAWE membership registration, with the words: “…join AAWE; if you have an American passport and dual nationality, it is thanks to them.”
My mother never considered AAWE to be just a social club. For her, it was a “cause” – an association that exemplified a bicultural, bilingual world in which my parents believed. Until the political ramifications of 2016, it was a world I rather took for granted and considered my just due. Interestingly, it is only now, when the whole idea of “dual nationality” seems to strike fear in those who believe in politically-closed borders, that I realize just how much I have at stake. Or, how ridiculous an idea it would be for me to be forced to choose one nationality over the other.
I am a 26 year-old graduate student at the University of Cambridge. Whilst I can’t participate in AAWE activities (other than reading the News and the weekly e-announcements, which for some reason make me terribly nostalgic), I will be sending in my membership fee once again this year out of support for what AAWE stands for.
A lot of effort went into making me bilingual and bicultural. My mom spoke English to me, my dad French; my parents stood patiently hopeful as my monolingual cousins seemed to be passing me by in the language lane. My mother dragged me to AAWE children’s events so I could get that taste of Americana and socialize with other young practitioners of franglais. The AAWE Guide to Education was a well-thumbed addition to our home library. Functioning in two languages and two cultures became the norm for me, not the exception.
Passport renewals at the US Consulate were a special time. I knew my mom was proud to take me to that little American island in the middle of Paris. I wouldn’t even have had that American passport to renew (and you wouldn’t either) if it weren’t for a group of AAWE women who started a group lobbying against US citizenship law 301 (b) which stated that I would lose my American nationality if I didn’t live there five consecutive years before age 23. If I am a bicultural “world citizen”, it is thanks in part to the support and activism my mother found in AAWE. And now, if my bicultural status or dual nationality is questioned, I know that AAWE will rally as an association to be out there “protecting the American citizenship of members and their children, especially in cases of acquisition of another nationality” (AAWE By-Laws Article 2 Purpose).
So…AAWE adult children and grandchildren, if you are in possession of more than one passport, if you speak more than one language, join AAWE out of support for what the association historically stands for. Add your single voice to their chorus of experienced citizenship rights advocates – AAWE has been at it since 1961. Our strength will be in our numbers. Support your mom’s courage to have taken the richer “road less travelled” to biculturalism. The AAWE membership fee is a small price to pay to acknowledge your thanks and support.
Believe in biculturalism, I do.
-Daughter of AAWE member
AAWE Offers Two Membership Categories
Regular Members: Women who hold American citizenship and are living in France on a long-term basis.
Associate Members: Other women and men who identify with AAWE’s mission.
While both membership categories enjoy the same benefits, AAWE by-laws state that the office of President may only be held by a regular member of AAWE.
New Member Dues
Regular dues are 90€ annually. This season, new members can join for 70€.
Dues for members aged 35 or younger are 40€, independent of the application date.