A black-and-white photograph of Florence Ellinwood Allen

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
Graphic of a woman holding scales and a sword next to the words "AAUW LAF 2013."

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
Laura Dana Morgan led the 1913 study on women in the federal workforce.

You Haven’t Come a Long Way, Baby … Pay Equity since 1913

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as more women entered the workforce, Association of Collegiate Alumnae leaders realized that women were not being fairly compensated because of their gender. Soon after, the association released its first research report on pay equity in 1894. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   September 04, 2013
A suffragist being arrested by a policeman in a carriage in 1917

AAUW’s Long Road to Women’s Suffrage

Women’s Equality Day, August 26, marks the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. It may come as a surprise to you that the road […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   2 Comments   |   August 23, 2013
Coretta Scott King stands at a podium and delivers a speech.

Yearning for a Unified Society in 1960s America

I am a child of the 1970s, so regrettably I have no personal recollections to offer on the previous decade, but I am fascinated by 1963. The year was a […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   August 21, 2013
A black-and-white photo of women marching down the street with suffrage posters

3 (or 4) Ways to Be a Suffragette on Women’s Equality Day

On Monday, August 26, we’ll celebrate another Women’s Equality Day, the day that marks the anniversary of when the 19th Amendment was ratified. Unfortunately, celebrating our right to vote isn’t enough. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   5 Comments   |   August 20, 2013
An old bottle of birth control pills with Enovid label

Women’s Reproductive Rights from “8” to “B”

Would it surprise you to learn that AAUW’s position on birth control can be traced as far back as 1935? That year, Dr. Louise Tayler-Jones (1870–1941), member of the AAUW […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   August 14, 2013
Four empty plates and forks

Summertime, and the Kids Go Hungry: The School Lunch Problem

For the fortunate children among us, the burning question of the morning is usually, “Should I buy or should I bring?” Sadly, this question is a luxury for many kids. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   August 06, 2013