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Women Sports Fans Are Not Mystical Unicorns!

Next time you think about harassing a female sports reporter or fan because she’s “too hot,” “too ugly,” or just not “fan-y” enough for you, ask yourself this question: If she were a man, would I make the same comment? If the answer is no, zip it. And if the answer is yes, zip it anyway. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   August 22, 2013
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7 Shirts I’d Like My Daughter to Wear

Shirts like those by the Children’s Place — a girls’ shirt that cited the wearer’s best subjects as shopping, music, and dancing but not math, because “nobody’s perfect” — only hurt our girls. So let’s try to fix these deeply rooted stereotypes and start buying shirts that show how smart our daughters are. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   4 Comments   |   August 15, 2013
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Underrepresentation in STEM Is an Economic Issue, Too

It is well known that women and girls are underrepresented in math and science fields, and there are some pretty spectacular initiatives out there for getting girls interested in STEM […] Read more »

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Play Sports, Be Strong, and Get Dirty: Advice from Coaching Corps

“Women playing sports, being strong, and getting dirty challenge powerful stereotypes that marginalize women and girls. For the young girl who wants to play hockey or dribble a soccer ball but has been told it’s not ladylike, seeing someone like Abby Wambach can be a life-changing experience. On a more personal level, female coaches can have a real impact on the direction of their young players’ lives.” Read more »

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In Search of Wonder Woman

I was spending my birthday in my California hometown for the first time in years, and my mom offered to buy me a birthday cake. I asked if she could keep an eye out for a Wonder Woman cake topper. My mom searched every store she visited during the course of a week with no luck. Where are the superheroines? Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   5 Comments   |   August 05, 2013
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Two Thumbs up for GoldieBlox!

As a mother of two young girls, I couldn’t have been more thrilled when I heard about Goldie Blox, a cute yet engaging toy marketed toward girls ages 6 and up that teaches basic engineering principles. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   July 24, 2013
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Remembering Helen Thomas, Journalism Giant (and AAUW Member!)

This past weekend, we learned that Helen Thomas, the intrepid reporter and bold trailblazer, died at her home in Washington, D.C. She was 92. Her death offers us a moment to pay tribute to her accomplishments and honor her as a role model for women and aspiring journalists. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   July 22, 2013
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Engineer Took All the Right Steps But Still Didn’t Receive Fair Pay

I was a divorced mother of two when I began pursuing an engineering degree in 1982. I had to overcome many obstacles such as an overwhelming male majority in the field, time management constraints, child care dilemmas, and finding a balance between motherhood and being a student. However, there was one obstacle I couldn’t overcome — pay inequity. Read more »

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AAUW Camps Help Girls Excel in Science and Math

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will offer four Tech Trek camps across the country this month to encourage girls to explore their interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The camps will engage approximately 160 girls from Ohio, Oklahoma, Florida, and Washington state. Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   July 10, 2013
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Title IX Victories for Pregnant and LGBT Students

June was a big month for Title IX, the federal law requiring equal opportunity in education for all students, from kindergarten through graduate school, regardless of sex. Not only did […] Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   July 02, 2013