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Advocacy Matters: Just Look at VAWA

Advocacy is powerful. And each time we push for change, we chip away at the barriers and misconceptions still standing in the way of women and girls. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   September 11, 2014
AAUW Career Development Grantee Nnenna Agba

For Nigerian Girls, Education Is the Key That Opens Doors to Progress

Raised in Nigeria, AAUW grantee Nnenna Agba gained popularity when she went on the widely watched television show America’s Next Top Model. She holds degrees in chemistry and urban affairs, and she is the face of an NGO that provides Nigerian girls with scholarships. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   August 28, 2014
Mary Purcell speaks into a microphone at a desk

Why Was the 1995 Beijing Conference for Women Groundbreaking? Read a Firsthand Account

Former AAUW president Mary Purcell was at the 1995 U.N. conference in Beijing and wrote about why it was so important for women, girls, and all human rights. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   August 20, 2014
Ruth Holden documentary cover

Not All Patriots Are Fighters

AAUW European Fellow Ruth Holden was a young American paleobotanist studying fossilized plant life who later found herself helping to establish war hospitals in Russia. Read more »

Photograph of the Civil Rights March on Washington, on August 28, 1963.

Honoring the Women of the Civil Rights Movement

Although it is true that the most famous men of the civil rights movement deserves the acclaim he receives, it is also true that the success of the civil rights movement hinged also on the selfless dedication and hard work of a host of women whose names are considerably less familiar today. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   July 01, 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 rainboz flag and Human Rights blue and yellow flag stick out of the huge crowd.

Why LGBT Rights Matter for Gender Equity

AAUW strongly supports LGBT equality because women’s rights and LGBT rights are deeply intertwined. However, women’s movements haven’t always had the best track record when it comes to advancing LGBT rights. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   6 Comments   |   March 24, 2014
Marcia Grant founded a university for women in Saudia Arabia. Photo courtesy of Ashesi University.

5 Women Who Inspire Us on International Women’s Day

As Ban Ki-moon said in his address on the topic of International Women’s Day 2014, “The evidence is clear: Equality for women means progress for all.” We couldn’t agree more. […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   March 07, 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 »

Barnard President Debora Spar stands smiling with Jamia Wilson.

Are Young Women Carrying the Mantle of Feminism?

How is feminism different today? Do young women want to be feminists, or not? These are complicated questions, without easy answers. Because young women, of course, don’t speak with a single voice or share a common attitude. Some are quick to embrace the term feminist. Others despise it. Read more »