An old photograph of Freda Kirchwey at a writing desk

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 »

Artist Saadia Yasmin (left) poses next to one of her paintings.

Help Women Stand Up for Themselves

When asked how young women today could help other women, Niemat Ahmadi, director of Global Partnerships at United to End Genocide and president and founder of the Darfur Women Action […] Read more »

Me at the United for Marriage rally in front of the Supreme Court yesterday

Why I Stand for Marriage Equality

  When my home state of Massachusetts became the first in the United States to allow same-sex marriage in 2004, only around 32 percent of Americans supported marriage equality. Now […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   March 27, 2013
Crossing the Line Panel

Students Speak against Sexual Harassment on AAUW’s U.N. Panel

  Midway through this first week of the 57th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, the priority theme of elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women […] Read more »

The Past Is Not Quiet: Documenting the Truth

  “The past is not quiet. We need to honestly talk about what really happened because other people do remember,” says Trudy Huskamp Peterson, one of the world’s leading human […] Read more »

United Nations 57th Commission on the Status of Women

AAUW at the U.N.: End Violence against Women and Girls

The world can no longer afford the costs of violence against women and girls — the social and economic costs and the costs in deep human pain and suffering.” —     […] Read more »

Dorothy Ferebee

Celebrating Black History: AAUW’s Dorothy Ferebee

The accomplishments of AAUW women never cease to amaze me, and Dorothy Celeste Boulding Ferebee is no exception. Ferebee, a physician, health care advocate, and AAUW board member, worked tirelessly […] Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   2 Comments   |   February 15, 2013