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.
Several AAUW presidents and fellows were also connected to Sweet Briar: from left, Anne Pannell, Meta Glass, and Elizabeth Jansma

Losing an Old Dominion Institution: The Closing of Sweet Briar College

On May 16, 2015, Sweet Briar College held its 106th and likely final commencement. We look back on AAUW’s historical ties with the women’s college. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   May 21, 2015
Image from "Angry Boy," 1950, via YouTube

Destigmatizing Mental Health through Film in the 1950s

In the 1950s, AAUW members helped develop public understanding of mental health by watching and responding to films on mental health issues. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   May 07, 2015
Woman laughing

The Power of Women’s Voices: Continuing the AAUW Oral History Project

The AAUW Oral History Project aims to capture the individual voices of women who have witnessed and participated in historical events but who are usually left out of historical collections. Read more »

Article   |   Community   |   April 24, 2015
Three children eat cookies with talk glasses of milk as a woman in white watches over them.

Working Women and the Child Care Tax Credit: Why It Matters

AAUW advocated for the child care tax credit all through the 1940s and into the 50s, when we finally began to see some change. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   April 13, 2015
1935-36 AAUW Fellow Dr. Erzsébet Kol in a lab full of glass bottles

AAUW’s Support of Hungarian Scientists

Last year AAUW began a collaboration with the Alcoa Foundation to encourage new generations of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians and to extend our own successful STEM programs to sites where […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 06, 2015
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   |   2 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