A photo of Eleanor Roosevelt and Esther Peterson standing together

“American Women” Report: Paving the Way for the Second Wave

Let’s travel back to 1963 to commemorate another 50th anniversary before the year winds down. This time we will celebrate “American Women,” one of the most influential reports on women’s issues ever published and the final product of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 09, 2013
A black-and-white portrait of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

A Veritable Star: Harvard’s First Professional Astronomer Was a Woman

Before space travel, before any rocket had been successfully launched, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin was blazing a trail in her own right. After just two years at Harvard, Payne-Gaposchkin became the very first person to receive a doctorate in astronomy from the Ivy League school. Read more »

Black-and-white photograph of Kathryn McHale at a writing desk

AAUW’s Cancer Education Campaign

In the 1930s, AAUW women realized the importance of early cancer detection. During a time when the topic of cancer was still considered unmentionable, AAUW Executive and Educational Secretary Kathryn McHale worked alongside Dr. Joseph Colt Bloodgood, a physician who was determined to educate women about the early detection of cancer. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 01, 2013
Two women sitting at a table with papers and a recorder.

AAUW’s Oral History Project Tells the Woman’s Side

The goal with the oral history project is to augment AAUW’s traditional historical resources with recordings from members to develop a fuller picture of various times and themes in the association’s history. The interviewing process also gives a voice to women, whose stories too often go unheard and whose contributions are downplayed or altogether left out of the historical record. Read more »

Article   |   Community   |   September 30, 2013
An old photograph of Freda Kirchwey at a writing desk

Freda Kirchwey, Trailblazing Journalist and Defender of Democracy

Today we celebrate the birthday of Mary Frederika “Freda” Kirchwey, born September 26, 1893. Kirchwey spoke about educated women’s heavy responsibility as defenders and upholders of democracy. Reminding women of their long, slow progress to freedom, she said, “Women cannot afford to let democracy go down.” Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   September 26, 2013
LeAnn Erickson stands outside a memorial with three older women.

The Top-Secret, Female Computers of World War II

More than 70 years ago, “when computers were human and women were underestimated, a group of female mathematicians helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age.” Now, their history has finally been told. This is the story of Top-Secret Rosies. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   September 25, 2013
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AAUW’s Original Binders Full of Women

By the time a woman was finally appointed to the Supreme Court, AAUW had been working toward that goal for more than half a century! Beginning in 1930, AAUW urged the appointment of Florence Ellinwood Allen, an early suffragist, graduate of Western Reserve University, and AAUW member. Read more »

Blog   |   Leadership   |   1 Comments   |   September 25, 2013
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Happy 32 Years, Legal Advocacy Fund! Thanks for Making a Case for Women

In 1978, five female professors brought a class action lawsuit against their employer, Cornell University. Three years later, AAUW created the Legal Advocacy Fund to support cases of sex discrimination in academia. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   September 18, 2013
Chien-Shiung Wu gives her AAUW Achievement Award acceptance speech, 1959.

This Brilliant Female Physicist Was Overlooked for a Nobel Prize

Wu’s work was termed the most important development in the field of atomic and nuclear physics to date. Her male co-workers Lee and Yang received the Nobel Prize for disproving the Parity Law. In a move that makes you mad just reading it, the prize committee overlooked Wu. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   September 11, 2013
black-and-white photo of the exterior of the 1921 AAUW headquarters building

A Place of Our Own: AAUW’s House Hunting

We already knew our founders were bold visionaries, but this story adds another layer to that vision … a layer of business savvy and financial wizardry rarely displayed in the public sphere by women in the 1920s. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   September 09, 2013