Beatrice Tinsley

This Astronomer Had to Make the Hardest Career Choice

Imagine if you and your partner were both brilliant minds in the same field, but because you were refused any official academic appointment near home, you had to choose between your family and your career. Read more »

Rep. Martha Griffiths stands in front of the Capitol.

The Untold Story behind the Civil Rights Act

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not just prohibit discrimination based on race. Gender is also a crucial part of the bill, and there’s a fascinating story behind how it got there. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   June 30, 2014
Caroline McGill

Guerilla Regiments, Frontier Doctors, and Civil Rights Activists: Just Another Day in AAUW’s Archives

AAUW’s fellows have fascinating stories to tell — of obstacles overcome, world events witnessed, bravery and courage displayed. Here are a few of the many stories we’ve pulled from the archives this year. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   June 25, 2014

Unearthing Our Fellows’ Stories: The Fellowship Processing Project

We stumbled upon letters of support from Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Supreme Court justices, leaders in science and the humanities, prominent names in academia, literary critics, and famous writers. And we learned more about sponsorship and the generous and far-sighted women and men who funded these fellowships. Read more »

Article   |   Community   |   June 20, 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 »

A series of illustrations of Betty Crocker from 1927 to 1996.

Have This with Your Cupcake: Betty Crocker Was a Feminist!

The woman behind the iconic Betty Crocker was not only a feminist; she was a home economist, businesswoman, and advocate for homemakers. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   June 12, 2014
Malala Yousafzai sits at a conference table with her father.

Supportive Dads Helped These Women Make History

In recognition of the great dads in our lives who encourage their daughters, here are some stellar father-daughter duos from the AAUW archives. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   June 11, 2014
A picture of the book cover for The Jessie Bernard Reader showing Bernard's portrait

Jessie Bernard: Master Scholar, Feminist, and Working Mom

After years of struggling to find traction in academia despite her brilliant mind, Jessie Bernard blazed a path for future scholars in sociology and feminist theory — all while serving as breadwinner for her family. Read more »

Elsa van Dien and family

These Women Stargazers Helped Us Understand the Universe

As in many STEM fields, women astronomers faced an uphill battle to find acceptance among their male peers. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   May 27, 2014
Elizabeth Lee Hazen and Rachel Brown work in their lab in the 1950s

From Mason Jar to Wonder Drug: Rachel Fuller Brown and the Development of Nystatin

Rachel Fuller Brown, the scientist who developed the first antifungal antibiotic, started testing her groundbreaking drug by mailing soil samples in mason jars. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   May 07, 2014