A movie poster shows a painting of three women, with an army in the background.

Hats Off to Our Fellows! Celebrating a Year of Accomplishments

2013 has been a year to remember. Looking over our alumnae’s accomplishments, we’re reminded of just how exceptional this group of women is. Let’s take a look at all of the greatness this year has brought. Read more »

Article   |   Community   |   December 18, 2013
A black-and-white photograph of Jonas Salk in a lab coat holding a needle for vaccination

Jonas Salk, Polio Vaccine Inventor, Wrote Us a Letter

In Helen Claudia Henry’s 1955–56 International Fellowship file, I came across two letters written by Jonas Salk, the virologist who discovered the polio vaccine. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   December 17, 2013
Ariana sits at a desk computer.

How I Took the Hour of Code Challenge

In high school, I took a web design class where I was one of only two girls. Today I coded a game for iPhone to do my part in the online Hour of Code awareness campaign. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   2 Comments   |   December 13, 2013
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This Computer Scientist Overcame Brain Damage; Now She’s Helping Others Do the Same

When computer scientist Jeanie Schwenk suffered a traumatic car accident, she didn’t expect to discover a new career path. Her new company, Magno Processing Systems, will use visual imaging software to help individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   December 11, 2013
AAUW member Judge Sarah Hughes (left) swears in Lyndon B. Johnson as Jackie Kennedy and others watch. November 22, 1963.  (Image by Cecil Stoughton, White House Photo Office. Courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library, Austin)

Sarah T. Hughes: A Woman Who Asked What She Could Do For Her Country

The day was November 22, 1963. The accident was President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. And the plane was Air Force One, where Sarah Tilghman Hughes swore in the new president of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   November 21, 2013
President Obama speaks at a podium at the White House. Vice President Joe Biden and a group of people stand behind.

My Future Depends on Immigration Reform

I have lived in the United States since I was 6 years old. I moved here with my family from Bolivia for the same reason that many immigrants come to the United States — in order to have a better life. I have always worked hard in school, but because I am not a citizen, I am not eligible for scholarships and funds from schools, making university tuition far too expensive for me and my family. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   November 08, 2013
Jessica Bonilla at her BCC graduation ceremony

The Best Decision I Ever Made

For many high school students, enrolling in college right after graduation is a rite of passage, but not for me. I worked full time during the day and on the weekends while attending night classes at a community college. After two years, I became the first person in my family to graduate from college. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   1 Comments   |   October 29, 2013
A young woman stands in an empty hallway and looks at the camera.

Study Finds College Women Doubt Their Leadership Potential

We all know that taking on leadership positions is an important part of a college experience. But what if I told you that women’s sense of their leadership potential falls during the college years, while men’s rises? Read more »

Some of the girls from the Hispanas Unidas program

Program for Latina Girls Mentors Future Texas Leaders

Escuelitas is a mentoring program designed for girls between the ages of 8 and 14. It brings in women from the community to share stories that address identity, sense of self, and culture. “It’s especially important for Latinas to see people like us, other Latinas that have been successful,” says Program Director Sarah Salinas. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 09, 2013
Women members of AAUW of New Jersey stand together

Grassroots Efforts Fight Human Trafficking Close to Home

AAUW members nationwide are leading efforts to fight human trafficking by starting petitions for legislative action, raising awareness, and working to prevent sex trafficking during the 2014 Super Bowl. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   October 08, 2013