Suzanne Gould

Suzanne Gould is AAUW’s archivist and records manager. She has earned graduate degrees in women’s history and library science and has been working in the archives field for 20 years. Suzanne preserves AAUW’s records and enjoys sharing stories about the many fascinating women and events in AAUW’s history.
A comic strip telling the story of Ellen Swallow Richards

She Earned the First Chemistry Degree Awarded to a Woman (and Then Founded AAUW!)

Our founder Ellen Swallow Richards was a remarkable woman. At a time when women were largely barred from higher education, Richards earned a chemistry degree, worked on clean water treatment and pollution, and even founded the first home ec and school lunch programs. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   December 01, 2014
Frances Perkins

Let’s Give Thanks for Frances Perkins

As secretary of labor, Frances Perkins was a principal architect of many New Deal programs and became a champion for Americans who were often ignored and overworked. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   November 24, 2014
Eleanor Roosevelt

7 Facts You Didn’t Know about Eleanor Roosevelt and AAUW

AAUW is proud to have called Eleanor Roosevelt a member, supporter, and friend. Sometimes our history is just too good not to share. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   October 31, 2014
Dorothy Canfield Fisher

A Stay-at-Home Dad in the 1920s? Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s “The Home-Maker”

Writer Dorothy Canfield Fisher was taking on issues like the “mommy wars” and “having it all” nearly 100 years ago. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   October 22, 2014
Abortion; pro-choice; women with signs

Last in Statehood but First in Reproductive Choice

In 1970, AAUW members in Hawaii spearheaded an effort to repeal the state’s restrictive abortion law, making Hawaii the first state to legalize abortion. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 06, 2014
The one consistency that was found in the 1960s analysis of women's prison programs in Pennsylvania was the nonexistence of organized educational or vocational skills programs.

Taking a Bite out of Crime: One AAUW State’s Story

In the late 1960s in Pennsylvania rumors had been circulating that judges were handing down unreasonably harsh sentences and that they had abandoned the use of the probation system. Indeed, the AAUW survey results proved these rumors to be true. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   September 25, 2014
Photograph, Margarita Mieres-Cartes de Rivas, Latin American Fellow, 1923

AAUW’s “Uncanny Foresight”: A Fellowship for Latin America

In 1917, ACA leaders announced the establishment of the Latin American Fellowship to support Latin America women’s study in the United States. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   September 24, 2014
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Find AAUW Archives in Your State

Nearly all AAUW states have given historical societies or university libraries access to the local AAUW archival collections. Through these arrangements, you have access to your own local AAUW history, and the list below tells you where to go. Read more »

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Women from the Land Army helped keep farms going when male workers went overseas during World War I.

Trading Pencils for Plows: College Women Save Farms during WWI

As men left for the front during WWI, college women at home stepped in to take care of the agriculture industry. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   August 05, 2014
Home ec students learn to sew in 1961.

Feminism and Home Ec: An Unlikely Partnership?

When it started, home ec was something quite different from what you might remember of learning how to cook casseroles and hem skirts. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   11 Comments   |   July 31, 2014