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
Faith Ringgold smiling for the camera

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
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
Cheryl Hughes headshot

Engineer Took All the Right Steps But Still Didn’t Receive Fair Pay

I was a divorced mother of two when I began pursuing an engineering degree in 1982. I had to overcome many obstacles such as an overwhelming male majority in the field, time management constraints, child care dilemmas, and finding a balance between motherhood and being a student. However, there was one obstacle I couldn’t overcome — pay inequity. Read more »

A woman and a girl stand together holding anti-bullying signs.

How Does Your School District Score on Bullying and Harassment?

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will ask schools to report how many students were bullied because of sexual orientation. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   July 15, 2013
Supreme Court of the United States, 2010

Our Thoughts on What’s Happening at the Supreme Court

We’ve compiled a list of major decisions from this Supreme Court term and analyzed their impact on AAUW’s public policy priorities. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   July 08, 2013
A cartoon of a girl asking her grandmother, "Are you as old as the Equal Pay Act?"

Equal Pay Act Renovation

One month before the Equal Pay Act was signed into law, I celebrated my eighth birthday. Sailing along, enjoying life as a second-grader, I had no clue that 1963 was […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   June 04, 2013

Celebrate Title IX with AAUW, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and the Fabulous 70s

AAUW will push for greater Title IX enforcement by celebrating the most successful legacy of this groundbreaking civil rights law — women’s opportunities in athletics — with a skills clinic led by the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and a basketball shoot-out for members of Congress and staffers. Rep. Louise Slaughter’s (D-NY) office is collaborating on the effort. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   May 28, 2013
Ellie Setser

Salary Bump Follows “Disgusting” Pay Discrimination

Ellie Setser and her female colleagues fought pay discrimination in the late 1970s with a series of anonymous complaints. Setser worked in a research lab at a teaching hospital. The […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   May 17, 2013