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Why LGBT Rights Matter for Gender Equity

AAUW strongly supports LGBT equality because women’s rights and LGBT rights are deeply intertwined. However, women’s movements haven’t always had the best track record when it comes to advancing LGBT rights. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   6 Comments   |   March 24, 2014
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A One-Woman Crusade for Justice

Althea Kratz Hottel’s career reads like a true success story in academia. Spending most of her career in some way affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, she became the university’s first dean of women, not to mention the first female ever to hold the position of dean on the campus. Read more »

Blog   |   Leadership   |   1 Comments   |   March 21, 2014
Delegates vote at AAUW National Convention in Seattle, Washington, 1949. From AAUW Archives.

Opening Membership and Minds

On display at the AAUW national office is a certificate from the National Council of Negro Women, signed by the council’s founder and president, Mary McLeod Bethune. The story behind this certificate is one of the most significant stories in AAUW’s history. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   February 28, 2014
Black and white girl students in an old classroom

It Didn’t End with Brown v. Board: The Uphill Battle for School Desegregation

After the landmark Brown v. Board civil rights case, many schools struggled with the adjustment to desegregation — and some states even tried to write laws around it. AAUW member Guion Griffis Johnson played a crucial role in desegregating North Carolina’s schools. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 18, 2014
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Voucher Schools Provide Choice, Except When They Don’t

Pro-voucher groups mobilize at this time every year, rallying around what they call National School Choice Week, to once again try to pull the wool over our eyes and convince us that “school choice” is better than quality public education for all. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   January 24, 2014
Supreme Court Building

What’s at Stake in the Supreme Court This Term?

This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a number of cases that will significantly impact the rights of women and girls. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   November 01, 2013
Voters wait to cast ballots for the 2008 presidential election in Ohio.

Rebuilding the Voting Rights Act

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day, when citizens are urged to update their voter registration so they can be heard in future elections. Yet after the Supreme Court’s June ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, the future of many Americans’ voting rights is far from clear. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   September 23, 2013
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Race, Art, and Activism: Faith Ringgold’s Inspiring Journey

The now 82-year-old Ringgold was a political and feminist artist long before these themes were a part of the mainstream landscape of black artists, and she was also one of the first women to organize and fight to get the works of African American and women artists into museums and galleries. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   August 22, 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
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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