A black and white photo of a reading circle. The children are all sitting with books around their teacher listening to something she's saying.

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
Pearl Buck

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
A black-and-white photo showing German tanks rolling through the streets of Copenhagen

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
A black-and-white photograph of Jonas Salk in a lab coat holding a needle for vaccination

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
Grace Murray Hopper stands in Navy uniform in front of an American flag.

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
Marion Talbot rows a canoe at her New Hampshire home, summer 1928. AAUW archives

An Untold Slice of History, 132 Years Later

On November 28, AAUW celebrates our birthday. Can you guess how old we are? 132 years old! How many organizations can say they have lasted for as long as we […] Read more »

Article   |   Leadership   |   November 25, 2013
AAUW member Judge Sarah Hughes (left) swears in Lyndon B. Johnson as Jackie Kennedy and others watch. November 22, 1963.  (Image by Cecil Stoughton, White House Photo Office. Courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library, Austin)

Sarah T. Hughes: A Woman Who Asked What She Could Do For Her Country

The day was November 22, 1963. The accident was President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. And the plane was Air Force One, where Sarah Tilghman Hughes swore in the new president of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   November 21, 2013
Mankiller graces the cover of the Spring 1993 “AAUW Outlook.” AAUW Archives

Wilma Mankiller, the Inspiring First Woman Cherokee Chief

In 1993, AAUW gave our highest honor, the Achievement Award, to Wilma Mankiller. Mankiller, the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, was recognized for her contributions toward improving the lives of the Cherokee people. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   November 20, 2013
AAUW members with President John F. Kennedy as he signs the Equal Pay Act into law on June 10, 1963.

7 AAUW Memories of Camelot

Friday, November 22, marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy. When asked, those old enough to remember usually recall where they were and what they were doing when they heard the terrible news. The assassination of the nation’s beloved president became a defining moment for the nation and for individuals across the globe. Read more »

Article   |   Community   |   November 18, 2013