McClintock on Graduate Woman

C’mon, We’ve Been at This Forever! (132 Years, to Be Exact)

If AAUW’s founders were alive today, no doubt they would be thrilled about women in science making national news! Then again, perhaps AAUW members of yore would not be surprised to see some of the same women they supported featured in the New York Times. After all, AAUW has been recognizing and supporting women in science since our inception in 1881. Read more »

Article   |   Career and Workplace   |   November 15, 2013
Mabel Newcomer receiving the 1953 AAUW Achievement Award

Where Are the Women Economists? Here’s One You Should Know About

AAUW board member Mabel Newcomer was an economics professor at Vassar College for 40 years and vice president of the American Economic Association — the first woman to hold the position. She was also a published author, an economic adviser for postwar reconstruction in Europe, a U.N. representative, and a 1953 AAUW Achievement Award winner. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   November 06, 2013
Black and white portrait photos of six of the women

Just the Tip of the Iceberg: 7 Amazing AAUW Members Who Were Elected to Congress

A recent poll presents a depressing statistic: Only 43 percent of Americans believe it would be a good thing if more women were in Congress. So, on this Election Day, […] Read more »

Blog   |   Leadership   |   November 05, 2013
Dixy Lee Ray sits in a chair facing the camera.

From Mt. Rainier to the Governorship of Washington, Dixy Lee Ray Was a Climber

A competitive go-getter from childhood, Dixy Lee Ray became the youngest girl to climb Mount Rainier (at the time) at age 12. Along with the AAUW Achievement Award, Ray was also awarded the prestigious John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award for biology, received 20 honorary degrees, and was named one of the 100 distinguished Washington citizens selected to commemorate the state’s centennial in 1989. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 31, 2013
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