Gerda Lerner, black and white photo

The Achievement Award Series: Gerda Lerner

  “I want to make women’s history respectable.” In this short phrase, 1986 AAUW Achievement Award recipient Gerda Lerner explained her quest to make an often overlooked aspect of history […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   April 22, 2016

The Keeper of D.C.’s Forgotten River

Decades of abuse have left the Anacostia River toxic with sewage and urban runoff. But one AAUW alumna and her students are trying to reverse the damage and restore the health of the Anacostia. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   April 20, 2016

The Achievement Award Series: Gwendolen Carter

Carter helped to pioneer the first African studies program in the United States at Northwestern University in 1948. Today, this field of study has evolved from being active on just one campus to being a thriving program that’s offered at more than 300 colleges and universities across the country. Read more »

2010-2011 AAUW American Fellow Ayana Johnson at work on the ocean

Navigating Ocean Conservation as a Woman of Color

2010–11 AAUW American Fellow Ayana Elizabeth Johnson works as an independent consultant with nonprofit organizations that specialize in ocean conservation. Being a leader and a woman of color in a white, male-dominated field has not come without its bumps in the road, but, she says, she refuses to allow these stereotypes to stop her from doing her job. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   March 25, 2016

Solving the Gender Equality Equation: Increasing Education and Decreasing Violence

We are all stakeholders in gender equality: educators, families, communities, male allies, and the public and private sectors. It is imperative that all women and girls receive the support; training; legal, environmental, and social protections; and human and civil rights needed to overcome gender-based violence and achieve their personal aspirations. Read more »

Sydney Hutchinson playing the drums with her students

The Feminist “Tigers” in Dominican Merengue Típico

American Fellow Sydney Hutchinson looks at a Dominican art form and how women fit into — and reclaim their own space in — it. “They become assertive, respected ‘tigueras.’” Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 25, 2016
Black and white photo of two women holding an award.

Why We’re Still Talking about the Doll Racism Test

After nearly 80 years, AAUW Achievement Award recipient Mamie Phipps Clark’s research about the impact dolls have on children’s body image is still relevant. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 10, 2016
2003–04 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow Joyce Kim

Joyce Kim Is Using Tech to Make the World a Better Place

Joyce Kim left her law career to start a nonprofit that helps workers transfer money to their home countries at little or no cost. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 09, 2016

Juggling Motherhood and a Career in the Arts

AAUW American Dissertation Fellow Jessica Valiente talks about how she balances being a mother while also trying to make it as a professional musician in a male-dominated field. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 09, 2016

AAUW Change-Makers to Watch in 2016

Our 2015–16 fellows and grantees are sure to be the world’s next big names in education, human rights, technology, and public health. Here are eight to keep our eyes on in 2016 and beyond — just remember you heard about them here first! Read more »