The Achievement Award Series: Gwendolen Carter 13April

1962 AAUW Achievement Award recipient Gwendolen Carter.

Carter helped to pioneer the first African studies program in the United States at Northwestern University in 1948. Today, this field of study has evolved from being active on just one campus to being a thriving program that’s offered at more than 300 colleges and universities across the country. Read more »

Why We Need Intersectionality Week 13April

Group of women at a tabling event for YWTF.
Blog   |   Advocacy   |   April 13, 2016

What started as an idea at the 2015 AAUW National Convention has become a reality. Next month, the first-ever YWTF Intersectionality Week will take place May 1–7. Learn about what intersectionality is, why it’s important to dedicate a week to it, and what you can do to get involved. Read more »

Financial Literacy Could Have Saved Me from Student Debt 12April

Woman smiling in front of college campus

Like many college-bound students, Khallilah Beecham-Watkins thought financial aid was a free ticket to attend her dream school. She didn’t have the tools or resources needed to understand that she would have to pay back all of that money after graduation. Read more »

Do My State Officials Care about My Equal Pay? 08April

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY). Image via Marc Herman, Flickr Commons.
Blog   |   Community   |   April 08, 2016

Every year governors across the country offer up their assessments of the state of their respective states. While each one undoubtedly claims, “The state of our state is strong,” it is unfortunately less common for governors to examine the issues that AAUW members prioritize. Read more »

Leadership and Wages Go Hand in Hand for Women 08April

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Blog   |   Leadership   |   April 08, 2016

The gender wage gap has many causes: gender segregation across job sectors and industries, the science gap for women and girls, explicit wage discrimination, and expectations around parenting and caretaking, among others. But one important factor that contributes to the gender wage gap is the gender leadership gap. Read more »

How I Learned to (Successfully) Negotiate My Salary 07April

Sandra Butler knew the gender pay gap was a problem. But she didn’t know just how much this problem had likely already affected her life.

Sandra Butler knew the gender pay gap was a problem. But she didn’t know just how much this problem had likely already affected her life. “I wasn’t aware of how […] Read more »

She Should Be the Boss 04April

Bad for business: Women leaders make companies stronger and more profitable. Why are there still so few women executives? 63% white men, 24% white women, 2% black women, 1% Hispanic women, 1% Asian American women, less than 1% women of other racial and ethnic groups
Blog   |   Leadership   |   April 04, 2016

Leadership equity is a positive change for everyone. Evidence shows that having more women in management and leadership positions leads to greater engagement in the workforce. It also correlates with healthy profits. Read more »

10 Ways to Fight against Sexual Assault on Campus 04April

graphic showing the statistic that 1 in 5 women is a target of sexual assault while in college
Blog   |   Campus   |   7 Comments   |   April 04, 2016

The chance of a woman being sexual assaulted during college is about the same as her chance of catching the flu during an average year — except she can’t just take Nyquil and rest in bed for a few days. Here are some ways you can take action. Read more »

Leaders from the Treasury, Rolls Royce, NASA and More Discuss Women in Leadership 01April

The expert panel discussed bias, mentors, and women in leadership. Left to right: Charles Bolden, NASA administrator; Salli Frattini, awards show executive producer; Cokie Roberts, moderator and journalist; Anna Han, behavioral scientist; Diane Linen Powell, an adviser to startups and nonprofit organizations; and Rosie Rios, treasurer of the United States;  Not pictured: Marion Blakey, president and chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce North America. Photo credit: Maria Bryk/Newseum
Blog   |   Leadership   |   April 01, 2016

Moderated by journalist Cokie Roberts, the discussion on the research panel delved into the panelists’ personal experiences with gender bias and how they’re combating the longstanding misconception that women aren’t cut out to be leaders. Read more »

5 Black Women Founders and Inventors You Should Know 31March

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Blog   |   Leadership   |   March 31, 2016

African American women have founded various organizations, they’ve been the masterminds behind innovative products, and they’ve paved the way for new generations’ thought leaders. Meet five of these champions of change who have solved medical mysteries, fought poverty, served on congressional committees, and helped lead the movements against racism, sexism, and class barriers. Read more »