AAUW American Fellowship (1974-1975) recipient Catherine Pilachowski

She Could Design a Bridge for This Gap…if You’d Let Her

For as long as there have been engineers, there has been a gender gap in engineering (probably). Women’s struggle to break into the male-dominated profession is nothing new, but it is real, and it hurts us all. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   May 02, 2016
Eight girls stand by a rope climbing structure with a zoo enclosure in the background.

Resources for STEM Chairs

This guide will help you bring STEM opportunities to girls in your community. Read more »

Girls at Tech Trek building a bridge out of home materials

How to Host a STEM Program in Your Community

From determining your branch’s capacity to planning logistics and evaluating your work, a lot goes into a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program! Follow these steps to host a successful STEM program from start to finish. Read more »

Johnson at work on the ocean

Navigating Ocean Conservation as a Woman of Color

2010–11 AAUW American Fellow Ayana Elizabeth Johnson works as an independent consultant with nonprofit organizations that specialize in ocean conservation. Being a leader and a woman of color in a white, male-dominated field has not come without its bumps in the road, but, she says, she refuses to allow these stereotypes to stop her from doing her job. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   March 25, 2016
Family standing in front of American Flag painting.

My Aha Moment: Was It Stereotype Threat?

At the time of my aha moment, I was a doctoral student in engineering education. I attended a university where people of color were noticeably absent. My race, age, and religious affiliation classified me as an outsider — a label I had already become familiar with as an African American female engineer. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   March 08, 2016
Christina Pensock with her mom on graduation day at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Taking the Scary out of Negotiating Your Salary

When you consider that women hold only 19 percent of undergraduate engineering degrees and make up just 12 percent of the engineering workforce, it’s fair to say that Christina Pensock beat the odds. But once she began receiving offer letters from prospective employers, she realized that earning a degree in the male-dominated field was just one of the obstacles she’d have to overcome as a woman in engineering. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   March 07, 2016
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Stereotypes Can Be Threatening

Stereotyping happens so often in our society that it may seem ordinary, but it is far from harmless. People may feel especially threatened by stereotypes about their own social groups, […] Read more »

Article   |   Career and Workplace   |   March 03, 2016
STEM Education Inspire

3 Ways to Help Introduce Girls to Engineering Today

The students we introduce to engineering today will literally build our future. We owe it to them — and to ourselves — to make sure that we include today’s girls in tomorrow’s engineering workforce. Introduce a girl to engineering today to give her a head start. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 24, 2016
2003–04 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow Joyce Kim

Joyce Kim Is Using Tech to Make the World a Better Place

Joyce Kim left her law career to start a nonprofit that helps workers transfer money to their home countries at little or no cost. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 09, 2016
A group of students with their adviser standing against a dark backdrop

Campus Teams Busting Biases about Women in STEM

This year, 10 student groups are pumped up about tackling the underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Read more »

Blog   |   Campus   |   February 08, 2016