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
Keren Taylor with members of WriteGirls

Never Underestimate the Power of a Girl and Her Pen

“I left the corporate world, and I just didn’t want to go back to it,” said Keren Taylor. “I wanted to do something different that would be inspiring and bring […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   March 12, 2014
Program participants hold an AAUW banner that reads “AAUW Widows Education and Access to Legal/Human Rights in Cameroon.”

3 Women-Led Projects Making Major Social Impact

On International Women’s Day, organizations around the world celebrate women’s equality successes and issues. But for 365 days of the year, AAUW’s International Project Grantees are advancing women’s equality by […] Read more »

Lauren Erickson-Mamane and her family laughing on a boat

She Found Her Calling — and Her Home — in a West African Village

Lauren Erickson-Mamane started out in marketing, but when she decided to serve in the Peace Corps in Niger, her career path took a dramatic turn. Her public health work has since taken her to Niger to remove Guinea worms, to Zambia to train new volunteers, and to Togo, where she is a Peace Corps country director. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 26, 2014
wreckers movie

Sharp Light, Egg Rolls, and How an Indie Filmmaker Got Her Start

AAUW International Fellow Dictynna Hood’s latest film, “Wreckers,” has received rave reviews. Hear how she got her start and what she has to say on supporting women in front of and behind the camera. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 19, 2014
A black-and-white photo of a group of women teachers

Developing the World’s Teachers: AAUW’s African Educators Program

Established in 1962, the African Educators Program gave African women educators — mostly high school teachers — professional development opportunities in the United States to address the shortage of teachers in many African countries at the time. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   2 Comments   |   February 13, 2014
1963 AAUW Achievement Award winner Helen Taussig Taussig was a pioneer in pediatric cardiology.

The Founder of Pediatric Cardiology Couldn’t Hear a Heartbeat

February is American Heart Month, and today we’re remembering the founder of pediatric cardiology, Helen Taussig. Taussig developed the procedure known as the Blalock-Taussig shunt, which has saved the lives of countless children who had “blue baby syndrome.” Read more »

Chalkboard with the word Mentoring, surrounded by words caoching, motivation, training, advice, help, leadership, direction, success, develop, and inspire.

Mentoring Matters: A Response from Our Readers

Mentoring can change your life. At least that’s the word from our readers, who shared with us their thoughts and experiences with mentoring as part of National Mentoring Month. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   January 31, 2014