Girls in Jenni Rountree’s App Inventor class at Tech Trek learn to code their own Android apps.

What Happens When Girls Try Coding in an All-Female Space

Girls can apply the coding skills they learned at Tech Trek to almost any career field that interests them, from fashion design and animation to robotics and video games. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   3 Comments   |   September 26, 2014
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Moving the Needle: Women in Engineering and Computing

AAUW’s upcoming research report, Moving the Needle: Women in Engineering and Computing, will feature the latest data on girls’ achievement in subjects related to engineering and computing, how few women are working in these fields, and what can be done. Read more »

Research   |   Career and Workplace   |   September 19, 2014
AAUW fellow Kate Himes in the mountains above Almaty, Kazakhstan

The Muddy Boots Scientist

My American Fellowship helped me write my dissertation, purchase chemical reagents for experiments, and earn my doctorate. Now, I’m a “science diplomat” working in Kazakhstan and four other former Soviet republics. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   August 06, 2014
Beatrice Tinsley

This Astronomer Had to Make the Hardest Career Choice

Imagine if you and your partner were both brilliant minds in the same field, but because you were refused any official academic appointment near home, you had to choose between your family and your career. Read more »

Mariana Gerschenson sits in a research lab wearing gloves and holding a test tube

Running around a Research Lab

Tenured professor and researcher Mariana Gerschenson has applied her molecular biology background to a meaningful career in tackling real-life problems like HIV and diabetes. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   June 13, 2014
Florida 2013 Tech Trek

AAUW and Verizon Foundation Join Forces to Teach Girls about App Invention

This summer AAUW and the Verizon Foundation are set to launch an initiative to teach girls about apps at AAUW’s weeklong science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) summer camps for rising eighth-grade girls. Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   May 29, 2014
Sarah Wyatt with a group of kids in a lab.

To Tech Savvy and Beyond: AAUW Member Sends Her Research into Space

Sarah Wyatt celebrated her 11th birthday by watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon in 1969. This December Wyatt will send her own research into orbit as part of NASA’s latest round of flight experiments. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   2 Comments   |   May 28, 2014
Elsa van Dien and family

These Women Stargazers Helped Us Understand the Universe

As in many STEM fields, women astronomers faced an uphill battle to find acceptance among their male peers. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   May 27, 2014
Heidi Kretser

Backwoods Adventurer, Endangered Cat Defender, Moose Expert

Kretser calls herself the “token social scientist,” and her work has taken her from Nepal to the Adirondacks to a military training camp to teach soldiers about illegal wildlife products. Read more »

Elizabeth Lee Hazen and Rachel Brown work in their lab in the 1950s

From Mason Jar to Wonder Drug: Rachel Fuller Brown and the Development of Nystatin

Rachel Fuller Brown, the scientist who developed the first antifungal antibiotic, started testing her groundbreaking drug by mailing soil samples in mason jars. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   May 07, 2014