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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   |   5 Comments   |   April 09, 2014
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This Author Is Redefining Feminism in the Civil Rights Movement

Mainstream history texts don’t always recognize the crucial role black women played in social justice movements. “The women I write about did not necessarily call themselves feminists,” author Ruth Feldstein says. “But gender was critical to their vision of black freedom.” Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   April 02, 2014
Five women who told their pay gap stories for the fight for fair pay series.

7 Women Shortchanged: Personal Stories of the Gender Pay Gap

The damage done by the thousands of dollars I lost to the gender pay gap sticks with me today, despite leaving that employer long ago. My retirement fund isn’t as […] Read more »

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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
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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