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.
A black-and-white photo of Nina Simone singing at a piano

This Author Is Redefining Feminism in the Civil Rights Movement

Mainstream history texts don’t always recognize the crucial role black women played in social justice movements. “The women I write about did not necessarily call themselves feminists,” author Ruth Feldstein says. “But gender was critical to their vision of black freedom.” Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   April 02, 2014
Dyna Kuthyola holds up a chalkboard sign reading, "Economic empowerment for women in Malawi."

1 Year Later, These Students’ Projects Are Reaching Women around the World

In 2013, we funded 12 women’s commitments to empower women around the world through the Clinton Global Initiative University. Find out where they are now! Read more »

Keren Taylor with members of WriteGirls

Never Underestimate the Power of a Girl and Her Pen

“I left the corporate world, and I just didn’t want to go back to it,” said Keren Taylor. “I wanted to do something different that would be inspiring and bring […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   March 12, 2014
Marcia Grant founded a university for women in Saudia Arabia. Photo courtesy of Ashesi University.

5 Women Who Inspire Us on International Women’s Day

As Ban Ki-moon said in his address on the topic of International Women’s Day 2014, “The evidence is clear: Equality for women means progress for all.” We couldn’t agree more. […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   March 07, 2014
Lauren Erickson-Mamane and her family laughing on a boat

She Found Her Calling — and Her Home — in a West African Village

Lauren Erickson-Mamane started out in marketing, but when she decided to serve in the Peace Corps in Niger, her career path took a dramatic turn. Her public health work has since taken her to Niger to remove Guinea worms, to Zambia to train new volunteers, and to Togo, where she is a Peace Corps country director. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 26, 2014
wreckers movie

Sharp Light, Egg Rolls, and How an Indie Filmmaker Got Her Start

AAUW International Fellow Dictynna Hood’s latest film, “Wreckers,” has received rave reviews. Hear how she got her start and what she has to say on supporting women in front of and behind the camera. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 19, 2014
1963 AAUW Achievement Award winner Helen Taussig Taussig was a pioneer in pediatric cardiology.

The Founder of Pediatric Cardiology Couldn’t Hear a Heartbeat

February is American Heart Month, and today we’re remembering the founder of pediatric cardiology, Helen Taussig. Taussig developed the procedure known as the Blalock-Taussig shunt, which has saved the lives of countless children who had “blue baby syndrome.” Read more »

Sevara Khamzaeva sits with three women.

Living the Dream as a UN Peacekeeper

AAUW International Fellow Sevara Khamzaeva came from Uzbekistan to study in the United States and has gone on to work on many international projects, the latest of which is her dream job as a U.N. peacekeeper in Darfur. Read more »

Pam Laird

Networking Is More Than Passing Out Business Cards (Trust Her — She Wrote the Book on It!)

  January is National Mentoring Month, and it presents a good time to step back and think about what mentoring and networking mean. We were lucky enough to attend a […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   January 15, 2014
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A Word of Thanks: You Make a Difference

Earlier this month, we hosted the annual fall luncheon for fellows and alumnae at the national office. Everyone broke bread, and the fellows and alumnae shared where they had been, where they are, and how AAUW has helped them along the way. Read more »

Article   |   Community   |   November 27, 2013