Lisa Maatz speaks at STOP Act press conference.

STOP Act Aims to End Sexual Assault in the Military

Last week, AAUW’s Director of Public Policy Lisa Maatz stood alongside Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), representatives from other women’s organizations, and survivors of military rape to announce the reintroduction of […] Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   April 24, 2013
Young woman crouched down next to “No, you can’t have my number!” written in chalk on the sidewalk

Taking a Stand against Street Harassment

“Why don’t you show us what’s underneath that towel, baby?” I heard this shouted from a car of four young men, no older than 19, hanging out the window, being […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   April 12, 2013
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 »

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10 Ways to Mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this year the campaign focuses on preventing child sexual abuse through talking about healthy sexuality. Given the allegations at places like Penn State; […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   7 Comments   |   April 01, 2013
Adria Richards, photo from Flickr

Sexual Harassment Online and Why You Should Care about Adria Richards

After she tweeted about offensive sexual remarks she overheard at a tech conference, Richards received a barrage of ugly, sexist remarks from cyber bullies. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   4 Comments   |   March 26, 2013
Linda Hallman addressed the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.

Military Sexual Assault Hearings Begin

  It’s been a busy few days for advocates fighting sexual assault and harassment in our nation’s military. Last week, a blistering New York Times editorial noted The Pentagon estimates […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   2 Comments   |   March 20, 2013
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Steubenville, Victim-Blaming, and Solutions to Rape

Over the weekend, two teenage boys who were popular football players from Steubenville, Ohio, were found guilty of raping a teenage girl last summer at a party. In a culture […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   March 19, 2013
Women in combat

End of Combat Ban Will Give Women Recognition They Deserve

As a proud nine-year veteran of the U.S. Army, I am glad to celebrate the end of the ban on women in combat as part of AAUW’s Women’s History Month […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   March 06, 2013
AAUW supporters rally for the Campus SaVE Act

Prioritizing Campus Safety

This post is part of the #HERvotes blog carnival. Follow #HERvotes and @AAUW on Twitter for the latest on reauthorizing VAWA and take action with AAUW. There is a crisis […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   3 Comments   |   February 25, 2013
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Fighting Sexual Assault in the Military

What happens when you’re a soldier and the barracks — not the battlefield — is your war zone? Sexual assault in the U.S. military is a significant problem, one that […] Read more »