Women prisoners in the Ravensbrück, Germany, concentration camp. The crosses on their backs indicate that they are prisoners, to prevent escape.

How Art Helped a Concentration Camp Survivor Heal

Artist and poet Lily Unden spent nearly three years in a Nazi concentration camp. After she was released, she went on to apply for a fellowship to study art at NYU. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   April 24, 2014
A person's hands wrap around a tree trunk in a forest.

The Very First Earth Day

We’ve been green-conscious for a long time — in 1956 we helped fund Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking “Silent Spring,” and we were there 10 years later when the very first Earth Day happened. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   April 21, 2014
A painted portrait of Eudora Welty

A Storyteller of the South

We look back on author Eudora Welty’s life and work, which include a Pulitzer, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and coveted spots in both the Library of America and the National Portrait Gallery. Read more »

Mary Emma Woolley in a cap and gown

Mary Emma Woolley, a Champion of Unlimited Possibilities

Mary Emma Woolley was the first woman to graduate from Brown University and, in her 30s, became one of the youngest presidents ever of Mount Holyoke College — not bad for a woman living in an era where going to college was still considered highly controversial (if not outright banned) for women. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   2 Comments   |   March 31, 2014
Anne Firor Scott at work on her doctoral dissertation at the Haverford College library in 1956

A Fellowship Changes a Woman’s Life (and Women’s History)

AAUW fellowships support women in a wide — and creative — variety of ways. Take Anne Firor Scott, who used her award in the 1950s to pay for a nanny while she finished her dissertation. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   1 Comments   |   March 26, 2014
A black and white photo of a woman standing on the stoops of a building that is covered in ivy cut around a plackard that says American Association of University Women

A One-Woman Crusade for Justice

Althea Kratz Hottel’s career reads like a true success story in academia. Spending most of her career in some way affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, she became the university’s first dean of women, not to mention the first female ever to hold the position of dean on the campus. Read more »

Blog   |   Leadership   |   1 Comments   |   March 21, 2014
A black-and-white photo of Brunauer at a writing desk

On McCarthy’s Blacklist: Celebrating AAUW and Women’s History

In his notorious five-hour speech in 1950, Sen. Joseph McCarthy accused Esther Brunauer of being “instrumental in committing this organization to the support of various [communist] front enterprises.” Brunauer and her husband, like many of their peers at the time, were named as security risks and dismissed from their positions. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   March 17, 2014
Juliette Gordon Low in uniform awarding the Golden Eaglet to a Girl Scout, 1919.

Beyond Camping and Cookies: AAUW and the Girl Scouts

This week, we celebrate Girl Scout Week. Maybe you were a Girl Scout yourself, or perhaps you have one in your family. Or you may just love those cookies! But […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   March 11, 2014
Marcia Grant founded a university for women in Saudia Arabia. Photo courtesy of Ashesi University.

5 Women Who Inspire Us on International Women’s Day

As Ban Ki-moon said in his address on the topic of International Women’s Day 2014, “The evidence is clear: Equality for women means progress for all.” We couldn’t agree more. […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   March 07, 2014
Delegates vote at AAUW National Convention in Seattle, Washington, 1949. From AAUW Archives.

Opening Membership and Minds

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 »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   February 28, 2014