Protesters hold letters spelling out "Higher Ed Not Debt"

For Women, Student Loan Debt Is an Even Bigger Crisis

Nearly 40 million people are saddled with student loan debt, totaling nearly $1.2 trillion in loans. Though debt is a crisis for all students, the burden falls even harder on women because of the persistent gender pay gap. Read more »

Blog   |   Campus   |   1 Comments   |   July 08, 2014
A picture of the book cover for The Jessie Bernard Reader showing Bernard's portrait

Jessie Bernard: Master Scholar, Feminist, and Working Mom

After years of struggling to find traction in academia despite her brilliant mind, Jessie Bernard blazed a path for future scholars in sociology and feminist theory — all while serving as breadwinner for her family. Read more »

Sarah Wyatt with a group of kids in a lab.

To Tech Savvy and Beyond: AAUW Member Sends Her Research into Space

Sarah Wyatt celebrated her 11th birthday by watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon in 1969. This December Wyatt will send her own research into orbit as part of NASA’s latest round of flight experiments. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   2 Comments   |   May 28, 2014
Elsa van Dien and family

These Women Stargazers Helped Us Understand the Universe

As in many STEM fields, women astronomers faced an uphill battle to find acceptance among their male peers. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   May 27, 2014
Christine Hernandez and Mabinty Quarshie hold signs from their alma matters California State University, Fullerton and George Mason University.

My Supervisor, My Mentor: 7 Lessons Learned from My Intern-Supervisor Relationship

Christine and I have now worked with each other for four years — first at George Mason University and then at AAUW. Our relationship taught me professional lessons that could be helpful for other new professionals and interns out there. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   2 Comments   |   May 20, 2014
Women prisoners in the Ravensbrück, Germany, concentration camp. The crosses on their backs indicate that they are prisoners, to prevent escape.

How Art Helped a Concentration Camp Survivor Heal

Artist and poet Lily Unden spent nearly three years in a Nazi concentration camp. After she was released, she went on to apply for a fellowship to study art at NYU. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   April 24, 2014
Kathleen Laurila sits at her computer.

Finding the Fellows: An Inside Look at the Selection Process

Each year we find a tremendous group of fellows and grantees. But we couldn’t do it without the dedication of our volunteer selection panel! Read more »

Women get ready to run at an Elect Her training at Virginia Tech in 2013.

3 Reasons Young Women Should Run for Office

Calling all young women! Former congresswomen want YOU to run for office. Read more »

Blog   |   Leadership   |   1 Comments   |   April 11, 2014
A painted portrait of Eudora Welty

A Storyteller of the South

We look back on author Eudora Welty’s life and work, which include a Pulitzer, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and coveted spots in both the Library of America and the National Portrait Gallery. Read more »

Anne Firor Scott at work on her doctoral dissertation at the Haverford College library in 1956

A Fellowship Changes a Woman’s Life (and Women’s History)

AAUW fellowships support women in a wide — and creative — variety of ways. Take Anne Firor Scott, who used her award in the 1950s to pay for a nanny while she finished her dissertation. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   1 Comments   |   March 26, 2014