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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
1962 AAUW Achievement Award recipient Gwendolen Carter.

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 »

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Financial Literacy Could Have Saved Me from Student Debt

Like many college-bound students, Khallilah Beecham-Watkins thought financial aid was a free ticket to attend her dream school. She didn’t have the tools or resources needed to understand that she would have to pay back all of that money after graduation. Read more »

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10 Ways to Fight against Sexual Assault on Campus

The chance of a woman being sexual assaulted during college is about the same as her chance of catching the flu during an average year — except she can’t just take Nyquil and rest in bed for a few days. Here are some ways you can take action. Read more »

Blog   |   Campus   |   7 Comments   |   April 04, 2016
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8 Easy Steps to Your Best Résumé and Cover Letter

Everyone has a different opinion about what your résumé and cover letter should look like, but certain strategies can make your application stand out across the board. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   March 15, 2016
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My Aha Moment: Was It Stereotype Threat?

At the time of my aha moment, I was a doctoral student in engineering education. I attended a university where people of color were noticeably absent. My race, age, and religious affiliation classified me as an outsider — a label I had already become familiar with as an African American female engineer. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   March 08, 2016
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Stereotypes Can Be Threatening

Stereotyping happens so often in our society that it may seem ordinary, but it is far from harmless. People may feel especially threatened by stereotypes about their own social groups, […] Read more »

Article   |   Career and Workplace   |   March 03, 2016
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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

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 »

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Pay Gap Especially Harmful for Black and Hispanic Women Struggling with Student Debt

The gap in student loan repayment is even larger for black and Hispanic women with college degrees; they paid off less than 10 percent of their debt in the same time period despite working full time. This is not surprising since the gender pay gap is even larger for black and Hispanic women, even among college graduates. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   3 Comments   |   February 08, 2016