Marva Collins with some of her students in 1980.

She Was Told to Stop Caring So Much for Her Students — So She Started Her Own School

Marva Collins was told by a principal to “stop worrying” about and “expecting too much” from the children she taught. She decided to ignore that advice. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   May 03, 2016
AAUW American Fellowship (1974-1975) recipient Catherine Pilachowski

She Could Design a Bridge for This Gap…if You’d Let Her

For as long as there have been engineers, there has been a gender gap in engineering (probably). Women’s struggle to break into the male-dominated profession is nothing new, but it is real, and it hurts us all. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   May 02, 2016
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Blazing Trails on the Stock Market Floor: Julia Montgomery Walsh

Although women have made tremendous strides in the financial world, it’s still largely male dominated. However, more than 50 years ago, one AAUW member broke through barriers for women right on the floor of the stock exchange. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   April 28, 2016
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The Achievement Award Series: Gerda Lerner

  “I want to make women’s history respectable.” In this short phrase, 1986 AAUW Achievement Award recipient Gerda Lerner explained her quest to make an often overlooked aspect of history […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   April 22, 2016
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Join AAUW’s Book Discussion with the Author of “Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War”

Join AAUW for an online book discussion on July 28. We’ll talk with Helen Thorpe, author of Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War. About the book: Many U.S. soldiers sent overseas since 2001 have been women. Surrounded and far outnumbered by men, women soldiers have a decidedly different experience of war. Thorpe follows the lives of three women over 12 years on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and back home. Read more »

Event   |   Community   |   July 28, 2016
1962 AAUW Achievement Award recipient Gwendolen Carter.

The Achievement Award Series: 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 »

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY). Image via Marc Herman, Flickr Commons.

Do My State Officials Care about My Equal Pay?

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 »

Blog   |   Community   |   April 08, 2016
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We’re Ringing the Bell for Gender Equity

By ringing the New York Stock Exchange opening bell, AAUW is becoming part of a longstanding tradition considered to be a high honor and mark of achievement. Read more »

Article   |   Community   |   March 30, 2016
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Muslim Feminism in History: Halidé Edib Adivar

Halidé Edib Adivar (1884–1964) was a Turkish novelist, feminist, and advocate for women’s rights who wore many hats during her lifetime. She was best known around the world for her writing, in which she criticized the lack of rights of Turkish women. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   March 28, 2016
Johnson at work on the ocean

Navigating Ocean Conservation as a Woman of Color

2010–11 AAUW American Fellow Ayana Elizabeth Johnson works as an independent consultant with nonprofit organizations that specialize in ocean conservation. Being a leader and a woman of color in a white, male-dominated field has not come without its bumps in the road, but, she says, she refuses to allow these stereotypes to stop her from doing her job. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   March 25, 2016