Why Was the 1995 Beijing Conference for Women Groundbreaking? Read a Firsthand Account 20August

Mary Purcell speaks into a microphone at a desk
Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   August 20, 2014

Former AAUW president Mary Purcell was at the 1995 U.N. conference in Beijing and wrote about why it was so important for women, girls, and all human rights. Read more »

No Fear of Flying Here: 12 Women to Celebrate on Aviation Day 19August

Bessie Coleman and her plane, 1922
Blog   |   Leadership   |   August 19, 2014

Imagine what bravery it took to become a pilot when aviation was in its infancy, especially for women who were never expected to fly, let alone be pilots. Even today, […] Read more »

Why Stereotypes Are Bad and What You Can Do about Them 13August

A girl in a red cape and mask raises her fist in the air
Blog   |   Community   |   August 13, 2014

We all know stereotypes are bad, but biases can be more ingrained — and dangerous — than we realize. So what do we do to combat our biased brains? Read more »

Why I Don’t Call My Daughter a Tomboy 12August

A young girl plays with a ball in the grass
Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   August 12, 2014

As a dad, I have a personal stake in this issue. But I think we all need to be mindful of the language we use to refer to young girls — subconsciously, we may be perpetuating gender bias. Read more »

7 Videos That Are Battling Stereotypes This Summer 08August

likeagirl video screenshot
Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   August 08, 2014

Three national corporations and four musicians released videos that tackle gender stereotypes and bias. And just like that, this summer’s hottest trend became women’s empowerment! Read more »

Raise the Minimum Wage, Shrink the Pay Gap 07August

Photo courtesy of Maryland GovPics, Flickr
Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   August 07, 2014

Imagine what it would feel like if you hadn’t gotten a raise in over five years. Well, that’s the reality for our country’s minimum wage workers. Read more »

The Muddy Boots Scientist 06August

AAUW fellow Kate Himes in the mountains above Almaty, Kazakhstan
Blog   |   Community   |   August 06, 2014

My American Fellowship helped me write my dissertation, purchase chemical reagents for experiments, and earn my doctorate. Now, I’m a “science diplomat” working in Kazakhstan and four other former Soviet republics. Read more »

Trading Pencils for Plows: College Women Save Farms during WWI 05August

Women from the Land Army helped keep farms going when male workers went overseas during World War I.
Blog   |   Community   |   August 05, 2014

As men left for the front during WWI, college women at home stepped in to take care of the agriculture industry. Read more »

3 Steps to Overcoming Negotiation Bias 04August

A woman sits across a table from a man in an office meeting room
Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   1 Comments   |   August 04, 2014

Negotiating a fair starting salary is crucial because it helps determine future raises and bonuses. But gender bias and stereotypes create treacherous backlash for women at work. So how do you make sure you get paid what you’re worth? Read more »

Feminism and Home Ec: An Unlikely Partnership? 31July

Home ec students learn to sew in 1961.
Blog   |   Community   |   11 Comments   |   July 31, 2014

When it started, home ec was something quite different from what you might remember of learning how to cook casseroles and hem skirts. Read more »