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The AUOW relied heavily upon Freemasonry for its rituals and symbols. The name of the organization was changed to the Pioneer Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1948 and their website is: www.pmlife.com. The shield on the marker symbolizes protection, and the anchor symbolizes hope. The woman's side of this organization was called the Degree of Honor. The A. U. O. W. was active in the 1890s and early 1900s.