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Developing the World’s Teachers: AAUW’s African Educators Program

Established in 1962, the African Educators Program gave African women educators — mostly high school teachers — professional development opportunities in the United States to address the shortage of teachers in many African countries at the time. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   2 Comments   |   February 13, 2014
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Bringing Art to America

In the 1940s, AAUW’s Lura Beam headed a series of traveling art exhibits that brought Roods, Kollwitzes, Hartleys, and reproductions of Picassos to communities across the country. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 10, 2014
1963 AAUW Achievement Award winner Helen Taussig Taussig was a pioneer in pediatric cardiology.

The Founder of Pediatric Cardiology Couldn’t Hear a Heartbeat

February is American Heart Month, and today we’re remembering the founder of pediatric cardiology, Helen Taussig. Taussig developed the procedure known as the Blalock-Taussig shunt, which has saved the lives of countless children who had “blue baby syndrome.” Read more »

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Cleared for Take-Off … Flying Time to Full Recognition, 34 years!

Despite performing critical military functions, WASPs were always considered civilians and, therefore, received no military benefits. When pilot Dora Dougherty went on to continue her education, she did so without the benefits of the G.I. Bill, unlike male veterans. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   January 30, 2014
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Education: An Antidote to Poverty

In 1965, AAUW introduced a two-year program studying the potential of education to eradicate poverty. It was our very own War on Poverty, fought entirely by women. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   January 16, 2014
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Finding “Mrs. Richard J. Walsh”: Pearl S. Buck’s Journey Back into Our History

Most people know Pearl S. Buck (1892 –1973) as the Pulitzer Prize- and Nobel Prize-winning author who lived in China as a missionary and whose experiences there influenced her writing. But did you know that she was also an AAUW member, unrecognized in our archives for years under her married name? Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   January 13, 2014
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From Nazi-Occupied Denmark to the Labs of 4 Nobel Laureates

Just days before the Nazis invaded Denmark, Hilde Levi escaped in a rowboat to Sweden. She went on to work with four different scientists who later won Nobel prizes for their research. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   January 08, 2014
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Jonas Salk, Polio Vaccine Inventor, Wrote Us a Letter

In Helen Claudia Henry’s 1955–56 International Fellowship file, I came across two letters written by Jonas Salk, the virologist who discovered the polio vaccine. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   December 17, 2013
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Before Gates and Jobs, There Was Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

Grace Murray Hopper is perhaps best known for writing the computer language known as COBOL or Common Business-Oriented Language. She also coined the term “computer bug,” was a Navy admiral, and won the 1983 AAUW Achievement Award. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   December 04, 2013
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Is AAUW Older Than You Are? Yes, and a Lot of Other Things, Too.

When you’ve been around for a while — 132 years, to be exact — you find that longevity has its perks. You get to brag about all the amazing people […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   November 29, 2013