Vanzetta Penn McPherson

“Marching for My Convictions”: A Judge Remembers Civil Rights-Era Alabama

In her AAUW fellowship application, McPherson wrote, “I have been privileged to grow up in a period of our country’s history that has produced some of the most significant social innovations. And, as a bonus, I witnessed it firsthand from my home in Montgomery, Alabama.” Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   September 03, 2014
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7 Teacher Resources That Address Gender Equality

Teaching women’s issues doesn’t have to be saved for Women’s History Month. In that spirit, we’ve pulled together some of our resources that can help educators engage students in important conversations about gender. Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   August 29, 2014
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5 Things You Can Do to Get Out the Midterm Vote

AAUW and the AAUW Action Fund are renewing our efforts in 2014 for the critical midterm elections — a time when young women are not as likely to vote as in presidential election years. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   August 26, 2014
Photograph of the Civil Rights March on Washington, on August 28, 1963.

Honoring the Women of the Civil Rights Movement

Although it is true that the most famous men of the civil rights movement deserves the acclaim he receives, it is also true that the success of the civil rights movement hinged also on the selfless dedication and hard work of a host of women whose names are considerably less familiar today. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   July 01, 2014
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The Untold Story behind the Civil Rights Act

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not just prohibit discrimination based on race. Gender is also a crucial part of the bill, and there’s a fascinating story behind how it got there. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   June 30, 2014
Photo by Vanessa on Flickr, Creative Commons.

These Two Laws Protect You from Sexual Assault on Campus. Know Them.

This year, schools face new requirements, and new resources are available for enforcing the laws that can help end campus sexual assault. But many students don’t know what the laws say and how they protect victims’ rights on campus — not just to safety but to accommodations after an assault. Read more »

Blog   |   Campus   |   1 Comments   |   June 20, 2014
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Motherhood, Race Factor into Lesser Salary for Some Women

Race and ethnicity have always created a dividing line in the United States, and it’s no different with the gender pay gap. Read more »

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77 Cents Doesn’t Tell the Whole (Equal Pay) Story

  Updated September 22, 2014: The U.S. Census Bureau released the latest wage data last week. A new analysis of the numbers shows that the gender pay gap for Hispanic/Latina […] Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   4 Comments   |   May 14, 2014
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Protecting Women’s Rights at Work Is Harder than We Hoped

Thanks to a 2013 Supreme Court decision, your “boss” is defined only as the person with the power to fire you — which becomes a problem if you are being sexually harassed by another supervisor at work. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   April 11, 2014
Take Back the Night at Concordia University Photo by Thien V., Flickr

10 Ways to Fight against Sexual Assault on Campus

The chance of a woman being sexual assaulted during college is about the same as her chance of catching the flu during an average year — except she can’t just take Nyquil and rest in bed for a few days. Here are some ways you can take action. Read more »

Blog   |   Campus   |   4 Comments   |   April 09, 2014