President Obama speaks at a podium at the White House. Vice President Joe Biden and a group of people stand behind.

My Future Depends on Immigration Reform

I have lived in the United States since I was 6 years old. I moved here with my family from Bolivia for the same reason that many immigrants come to the United States — in order to have a better life. I have always worked hard in school, but because I am not a citizen, I am not eligible for scholarships and funds from schools, making university tuition far too expensive for me and my family. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   November 08, 2013
Jessica Bonilla at her BCC graduation ceremony

The Best Decision I Ever Made

For many high school students, enrolling in college right after graduation is a rite of passage, but not for me. I worked full time during the day and on the weekends while attending night classes at a community college. After two years, I became the first person in my family to graduate from college. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   1 Comments   |   October 29, 2013
Marian Firke

9 Fearless Feminists on Campus

We are excited to introduce you the members of the 2013–14 AAUW Student Advisory Council, and only one word can summarize them all: fearless. These college women have faced adversity, traveled the world to volunteer, provided their voices to the United Nations, witnessed history, empowered immigrant women, questioned their universities’ sexual violence policies, and shattered stereotypes. Read more »

Article   |   Campus   |   October 24, 2013
candy

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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Study Finds College Women Doubt Their Leadership Potential

We all know that taking on leadership positions is an important part of a college experience. But what if I told you that women’s sense of their leadership potential falls during the college years, while men’s rises? Read more »

Yard stake showing a sexual assault statistic

Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Is Getting an Upgrade

Students go off to college each year only to be confronted with violence in their classrooms, dorm rooms, student unions, and at social events. College-age women are four times more likely than any other age group to face sexual assault. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   3 Comments   |   October 11, 2013
Some of the girls from the Hispanas Unidas program

Program for Latina Girls Mentors Future Texas Leaders

Escuelitas is a mentoring program designed for girls between the ages of 8 and 14. It brings in women from the community to share stories that address identity, sense of self, and culture. “It’s especially important for Latinas to see people like us, other Latinas that have been successful,” says Program Director Sarah Salinas. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 09, 2013
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6 Reasons Why You Should Become an E-Student Affiliate!

At AAUW, a huge part of our work is for you, college students who are empowering women on your campuses and in your community. Join AAUW to gain access to […] Read more »

Blog   |   Campus   |   2 Comments   |   October 07, 2013
A black-and-white portrait of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

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 »

LeAnn Erickson stands outside a memorial with three older women.

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