We surprised Carol at the 2013 National Convention with an endowment named in her honor.

Saying Goodbye to Carol Virostek, an AAUW Champion Whose Legacy Lives On

Carol Virostek’s vision for women’s equality was based in AAUW’s investment in the next generation of women leaders. Throughout my six years at AAUW, my work with our campus leadership programs would not have been possible without her. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   4 Comments   |   September 29, 2014
The one consistency that was found in the 1960s analysis of women's prison programs in Pennsylvania was the nonexistence of organized educational or vocational skills programs.

Taking a Bite out of Crime: One AAUW State’s Story

In the late 1960s in Pennsylvania rumors had been circulating that judges were handing down unreasonably harsh sentences and that they had abandoned the use of the probation system. Indeed, the AAUW survey results proved these rumors to be true. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   September 25, 2014
Photograph, Margarita Mieres-Cartes de Rivas, Latin American Fellow, 1923

AAUW’s “Uncanny Foresight”: A Fellowship for Latin America

In 1917, ACA leaders announced the establishment of the Latin American Fellowship to support Latin America women’s study in the United States. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   September 24, 2014
Sukey Blanc assists 21st Century Community Learning Center staff with data collection.

How to Write Grant Proposals: 8 Tips from an Expert

We got the inside scoop on how to write effective grant proposals from a pro, AAUW alumna Sukey Blanc. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   September 10, 2014
Vanzetta Penn McPherson

“Marching for My Convictions”: A Judge Remembers Civil Rights-Era Alabama

In her AAUW fellowship application, McPherson wrote, “I have been privileged to grow up in a period of our country’s history that has produced some of the most significant social innovations. And, as a bonus, I witnessed it firsthand from my home in Montgomery, Alabama.” Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   September 03, 2014
Mary Purcell speaks into a microphone at a desk

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

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 »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   August 20, 2014
Women from the Land Army helped keep farms going when male workers went overseas during World War I.

Trading Pencils for Plows: College Women Save Farms during WWI

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

Blog   |   Community   |   August 05, 2014
Home ec students learn to sew in 1961.

Feminism and Home Ec: An Unlikely Partnership?

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 »

Blog   |   Community   |   11 Comments   |   July 31, 2014
Ruth Holden documentary cover

Not All Patriots Are Fighters

AAUW European Fellow Ruth Holden was a young American paleobotanist studying fossilized plant life who later found herself helping to establish war hospitals in Russia. Read more »

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 »