Molly O'Leary

AAUW Alumna Gives back to the Boise Branch

Molly O’Leary was a single mom supporting two kids when she received an AAUW grant that helped finance her through law school. Years later, she paid it forward by offering free legal help to an AAUW branch. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   July 10, 2014
Gisela Konopka AAUW Achievement Award in 1977

The Revolutionized Soul of a Lamb

A prolific writer of academic articles and books about group social work, including one of the first studies of troubled girls, Gisela Konopka received an AAUW Achievement Award in 1977. Read more »

Mariana Gerschenson sits in a research lab wearing gloves and holding a test tube

Running around a Research Lab

Tenured professor and researcher Mariana Gerschenson has applied her molecular biology background to a meaningful career in tackling real-life problems like HIV and diabetes. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   June 13, 2014
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 »