Sevara Khamzaeva sits with three women.

Living the Dream as a UN Peacekeeper

AAUW International Fellow Sevara Khamzaeva came from Uzbekistan to study in the United States and has gone on to work on many international projects, the latest of which is her dream job as a U.N. peacekeeper in Darfur. Read more »

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From Nazi-Occupied Denmark to the Labs of 4 Nobel Laureates

Just days before the Nazis invaded Denmark, Hilde Levi escaped in a rowboat to Sweden. She went on to work with four different scientists who later won Nobel prizes for their research. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   January 08, 2014
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The Good and the Bad of the Foreign Policy 100 Leading Thinkers List

This year, the list actually includes 134 individuals (or organizations), and sadly, only 40 of them are women, about 30 percent. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   December 30, 2013
A movie poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" shows Katniss drawing a bow.

Latest “Hunger Games” Is Awesome. There, I Said It.

Why is it important that there’s a second movie? Because the second movie is freaking awesome. Plus, it’s important that Hollywood welcomes and heavily promotes a strong female protagonist, and even more important that the public shows up in droves. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   November 22, 2013
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The Shocking Scope of Human Trafficking

The stories of trafficking are so compelling often because they are so shocking, grim reminders of the horrors lurking behind the American dream. Although the United States proudly calls itself the home of the free, at least 100,000 children are engaged in the sex trade here each year. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   November 15, 2013
Graphic showing silhouettes of girls with the title "International Day of the Girl: Girls Speak Out"

Why Should We Care about Girls?

Today, AAUW joins the Working Group on Girls (WGG) and other members of the United Nations community to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. The main event — Girls Speak Out! — will provide a forum for seven dynamic girls from around the globe to share how they are advocates and activists for girls. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   October 11, 2013
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Freda Kirchwey, Trailblazing Journalist and Defender of Democracy

Today we celebrate the birthday of Mary Frederika “Freda” Kirchwey, born September 26, 1893. Kirchwey spoke about educated women’s heavy responsibility as defenders and upholders of democracy. Reminding women of their long, slow progress to freedom, she said, “Women cannot afford to let democracy go down.” Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   September 26, 2013
Coretta Scott King stands at a podium and delivers a speech.

Yearning for a Unified Society in 1960s America

I am a child of the 1970s, so regrettably I have no personal recollections to offer on the previous decade, but I am fascinated by 1963. The year was a […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   August 21, 2013
High school girl receiving a shot from a woman doctor.

HPV Vaccine: Valuing Health over Politics

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has only been on the market for seven years, but already a recent study shows a 56 percent reduction in targeted HPV strains among the […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   July 03, 2013
Ritu Sharma

One Woman, One Big Impact: Meet Ritu Sharma

Close your eyes. Imagine living in poverty in a developing country as a woman. This image is one that many of us don’t want, or have, to imagine. We sometimes […] Read more »