A group of Nepalese women smiling.

Creating Role Models for Women in Nepal

AAUW Fellow Rabita Rajkarnikar works to empower Nepalese women with the skills they need to decrease societal and economic dependence on men. Read more »

A picture of the book cover for The Jessie Bernard Reader showing Bernard's portrait

Jessie Bernard: Master Scholar, Feminist, and Working Mom

After years of struggling to find traction in academia despite her brilliant mind, Jessie Bernard blazed a path for future scholars in sociology and feminist theory — all while serving as breadwinner for her family. Read more »

Elsa van Dien and family

These Women Stargazers Helped Us Understand the Universe

As in many STEM fields, women astronomers faced an uphill battle to find acceptance among their male peers. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   May 27, 2014
Heidi Kretser

Backwoods Adventurer, Endangered Cat Defender, Moose Expert

Kretser calls herself the “token social scientist,” and her work has taken her from Nepal to the Adirondacks to a military training camp to teach soldiers about illegal wildlife products. Read more »

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

Neuroscientists Need Child Care, Too

Helen Immordino-Yang used an AAUW fellowship to help cover living and child-care expenses while she wrote her dissertation at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   May 07, 2014
Women prisoners in the Ravensbrück, Germany, concentration camp. The crosses on their backs indicate that they are prisoners, to prevent escape.

How Art Helped a Concentration Camp Survivor Heal

Artist and poet Lily Unden spent nearly three years in a Nazi concentration camp. After she was released, she went on to apply for a fellowship to study art at NYU. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   April 24, 2014
Kathleen Laurila sits at her computer.

Finding the Fellows: An Inside Look at the Selection Process

Each year we find a tremendous group of fellows and grantees. But we couldn’t do it without the dedication of our volunteer selection panel! Read more »

A painted portrait of Eudora Welty

A Storyteller of the South

We look back on author Eudora Welty’s life and work, which include a Pulitzer, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and coveted spots in both the Library of America and the National Portrait Gallery. Read more »

A black-and-white photo of Nina Simone singing at a piano

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
Anne Firor Scott at work on her doctoral dissertation at the Haverford College library in 1956

A Fellowship Changes a Woman’s Life (and Women’s History)

AAUW fellowships support women in a wide — and creative — variety of ways. Take Anne Firor Scott, who used her award in the 1950s to pay for a nanny while she finished her dissertation. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   1 Comments   |   March 26, 2014