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 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 »

Mariana Gerschenson sits in a research lab wearing gloves and holding a test tube

Running around a Research Lab

Tenured professor and researcher Mariana Gerschenson has applied her molecular biology background to a meaningful career in tackling real-life problems like HIV and diabetes. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   June 13, 2014
Heidi Kretser

Backwoods Adventurer, Endangered Cat Defender, Moose Expert

Kretser calls herself the “token social scientist,” and her work has taken her from Nepal to the Adirondacks to a military training camp to teach soldiers about illegal wildlife products. Read more »

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

Neuroscientists Need Child Care, Too

Helen Immordino-Yang used an AAUW fellowship to help cover living and child-care expenses while she wrote her dissertation at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   May 07, 2014
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 »