Lauren Byrnes

Lauren Byrnes is a program assistant in the Fellowships and Grant Department. She engages with alums, writes blog posts, and provides support for the fellowships and grants team. Before working at AAUW she served in the Peace Corps, promoting small business development and fisheries management in Jamaica. When not in the office she can be found riding around the city on her bike.
Asali stands in front of a train station outside.

“Disgruntled” Author on Girls in Literature, Alienation, and Tolstoy

2001–02 AAUW American Fellow Asali Solomon referenced Leo Tolstoy when describing the plot for her debut novel, Disgruntled. Tolstoy said, “All great literature is one of two stories; a man […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   April 29, 2015
A woman programmer works at a computer.

How to Fall in Love with Computer Science, from a Professor

“Computer science isn’t just something you’re born being able to do or not. Everyone struggles.” Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   April 22, 2015
Girls in the ECO Girls program visit a local farmers market.

What Learning about the Earth Can Do for a Girl

This AAUW grantee founded an organization to build girls’ confidence and consciousness by helping them interact with the ecological community around them. Read more »

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The Science of Feeding the Hungry in India

Before AAUW alumna Kamala Sohoni was on the amazing team that launched India’s first interplanetary mission craft to Mars this year, her research in nutrition would lead to a crucial finding. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   November 13, 2014
Laura Puaca

Technocratic Feminism: How Gender Equality Can Win a War

By drawing the argument for gender equality away from the abstract ideas of equality and justice, feminists in times of crisis argued for equal treatment as a technological and economic win for everyone. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   November 03, 2014
A portrait of Juanita Kreps

How a Coal Miner’s Daughter Became the First Female Secretary of Commerce

As president of Duke University and the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of commerce, this economist blazed many trails. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 08, 2014
A woman stands outside her "bus shop" in Baltimore

On Happiness, Entrepreneurship, and Beauty

Nazish Zafar has traveled the world documenting the struggles and successes of urban small business owners in stunning photographs. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   September 17, 2014
Dali Tan presents the findings of her report in a borrowed tent at the 1995 U.N. world conference held in Beijing.

19 Years Later, a Look Back at a Famous Women’s Conference

When she was young, Dali Tan remembers her father talking about how a Catholic priest saved his life when he was gravely ill as a child in rural China. The […] Read more »

Blog   |   Leadership   |   August 27, 2014
Molly O'Leary

AAUW Alumna Gives back to the Boise Branch

Molly O’Leary was a single mom supporting two kids when she received an AAUW grant that helped finance her through law school. Years later, she paid it forward by offering free legal help to an AAUW branch. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   July 10, 2014
Gisela Konopka AAUW Achievement Award in 1977

The Revolutionized Soul of a Lamb

A prolific writer of academic articles and books about group social work, including one of the first studies of troubled girls, Gisela Konopka received an AAUW Achievement Award in 1977. Read more »