It’s Never Too Early to Fight Discrimination — Just Ask These 16-Year-Olds 06March

Priya and Kavya Ramamoorthy stand on either side of a poster explaining their Title IX project.
Blog   |   Advocacy   |   March 06, 2014

Priya and Kavya Ramamoorthy were in eighth grade when they first encountered sex discrimination at school: The boys’ swim team at their friend’s school had newer facilities and equipment than the girls had. Priya and Kavya decided to start a program that would help their peers understand and use their Title IX rights. Read more »

Opening Membership and Minds 28February

Delegates vote at AAUW National Convention in Seattle, Washington, 1949. From AAUW Archives.
Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   February 28, 2014

On display at the AAUW national office is a certificate from the National Council of Negro Women, signed by the council’s founder and president, Mary McLeod Bethune. The story behind this certificate is one of the most significant stories in AAUW’s history. Read more »

My Baby Hated Me: On the Other Side of Postpartum Depression 27February

A baby in a striped onesie lying on a colorful rug
Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   February 27, 2014

In the darkest days after my son, Oscar, was born, I understood a lot of things that are more violent and disturbing and shameful than I’m willing to ever say out loud. But with the Affordable Care Act’s mental health coverage, I got the help I needed to get to the other side of postpartum depression. Read more »

Budget 101: Extending Unemployment Insurance Benefits 26February

Pink piggy bank with glasses standing on textbooks in front of a blackboard with Budget 101 message
Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   February 26, 2014

This post is part of AAUW’s Budget 101 blog series, where we explore sequestration and the federal budget and how they affect Americans’ lives and AAUW priorities. Today we’re going […] Read more »

She Found Her Calling — and Her Home — in a West African Village 26February

Lauren Erickson-Mamane and her family laughing on a boat
Blog   |   Community   |   February 26, 2014

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 »

We Need More Katie Mulichs 25February

A cartoon dog next to a sign for Paw Wash
Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   February 25, 2014

Katie Mulich was in sixth grade when she came up with the idea that would lead her to become a patented entrepreneur: a machine that washes dogs’ paws. Katie is in the minority not only for her age but as a young woman in the male-dominated field of entrepreneurship. Read more »

Who Says We Need More Girls in Engineering? Uh … Engineers 20February

Aprille Ericsson sits at a table in a laboratory while people in the background work on mechanical equipment
Blog   |   Education   |   3 Comments   |   February 20, 2014

Girls are crucial to the future of engineering — but don’t take our word for it. Hear it straight from some impressive engineers we know. Read more »

Sharp Light, Egg Rolls, and How an Indie Filmmaker Got Her Start 19February

wreckers movie
Blog   |   Community   |   February 19, 2014

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 »

It Didn’t End with Brown v. Board: The Uphill Battle for School Desegregation 18February

Black and white girl students in an old classroom
Blog   |   Community   |   February 18, 2014

After the landmark Brown v. Board civil rights case, many schools struggled with the adjustment to desegregation — and some states even tried to write laws around it. AAUW member Guion Griffis Johnson played a crucial role in desegregating North Carolina’s schools. Read more »

Developing the World’s Teachers: AAUW’s African Educators Program 13February

A black-and-white photo of a group of women teachers
Blog   |   Education   |   2 Comments   |   February 13, 2014

Established in 1962, the African Educators Program gave African women educators — mostly high school teachers — professional development opportunities in the United States to address the shortage of teachers in many African countries at the time. Read more »