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A Word of Thanks: You Make a Difference

Earlier this month, we hosted the annual fall luncheon for fellows and alumnae at the national office. Everyone broke bread, and the fellows and alumnae shared where they had been, where they are, and how AAUW has helped them along the way. Read more »

Article   |   Community   |   November 27, 2013
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Wilma Mankiller, the Inspiring First Woman Cherokee Chief

In 1993, AAUW gave our highest honor, the Achievement Award, to Wilma Mankiller. Mankiller, the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, was recognized for her contributions toward improving the lives of the Cherokee people. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   November 20, 2013
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Designing a Digital Reality

Ever wonder who creates those realistic renderings in games, movies, or industrial design? That would be someone like Holly Rushmeier, one of our 1987–88 American Fellows. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   November 13, 2013
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From Mt. Rainier to the Governorship of Washington, Dixy Lee Ray Was a Climber

A competitive go-getter from childhood, Dixy Lee Ray became the youngest girl to climb Mount Rainier (at the time) at age 12. Along with the AAUW Achievement Award, Ray was also awarded the prestigious John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award for biology, received 20 honorary degrees, and was named one of the 100 distinguished Washington citizens selected to commemorate the state’s centennial in 1989. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 31, 2013
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The Chemistry behind That Candy Corn: A Professor’s Novel Approach

1998–99 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow Margot Vigeant is the second woman to achieve full professorship in chemical engineering at Bucknell University, and only a year behind the first. Her classes focus on real-world problems in food processing and product design. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 23, 2013
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A Veritable Star: Harvard’s First Professional Astronomer Was a Woman

Before space travel, before any rocket had been successfully launched, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin was blazing a trail in her own right. After just two years at Harvard, Payne-Gaposchkin became the very first person to receive a doctorate in astronomy from the Ivy League school. Read more »

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The Top-Secret, Female Computers of World War II

More than 70 years ago, “when computers were human and women were underestimated, a group of female mathematicians helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age.” Now, their history has finally been told. This is the story of Top-Secret Rosies. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   September 25, 2013
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Gender Equity at Harvard Business School: An AAUW Fellow Responds

As the dust settles from Jodi Kantor’s New York Times article “Harvard Business School Case Study: Gender Equity,” the internal conversations continue. Kantor has done her homework and, to a certain extent, everything she writes rings true. The problem is that, while the article undeniably represents some students’ realities, it does not present the “other side of the story.” Read more »

Blog   |   Campus   |   September 18, 2013
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Where Fine Art Meets Craft: The Accessible Works of Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff is a renowned artist known for her decorative art, public installations, and cartographic works. She is also an AAUW alumna. Kozloff was awarded our Selected Professions Fellowship in 1975 for painting and went on to become an undeniable influence in the forefront of the 1970s feminist art movement. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   August 28, 2013
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Underrepresentation in STEM Is an Economic Issue, Too

It is well known that women and girls are underrepresented in math and science fields, and there are some pretty spectacular initiatives out there for getting girls interested in STEM […] Read more »