1963 AAUW Achievement Award winner Helen Taussig Taussig was a pioneer in pediatric cardiology.

The Founder of Pediatric Cardiology Couldn’t Hear a Heartbeat

February is American Heart Month, and today we’re remembering the founder of pediatric cardiology, Helen Taussig. Taussig developed the procedure known as the Blalock-Taussig shunt, which has saved the lives of countless children who had “blue baby syndrome.” Read more »

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Cleared for Take-Off … Flying Time to Full Recognition, 34 years!

Despite performing critical military functions, WASPs were always considered civilians and, therefore, received no military benefits. When pilot Dora Dougherty went on to continue her education, she did so without the benefits of the G.I. Bill, unlike male veterans. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   January 30, 2014
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From Nazi-Occupied Denmark to the Labs of 4 Nobel Laureates

Just days before the Nazis invaded Denmark, Hilde Levi escaped in a rowboat to Sweden. She went on to work with four different scientists who later won Nobel prizes for their research. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   January 08, 2014
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Girls Shouldn’t Feel Weird for Loving Science and Math

“Tech Trek was the first time I didn’t have male classmates looking down on me or making me feel weird for loving science and math,” says Ellen Thuy Le, a recent chemical engineering graduate from Stanford University. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   8 Comments   |   December 23, 2013
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Hour of Code Success Calls for a High Five

This year AAUW celebrated Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code for the first time. But thanks to amazing work by our members and supporters, you would think we’ve been doing this for much longer. Here’s what we accomplished together Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   December 18, 2013
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Jonas Salk, Polio Vaccine Inventor, Wrote Us a Letter

In Helen Claudia Henry’s 1955–56 International Fellowship file, I came across two letters written by Jonas Salk, the virologist who discovered the polio vaccine. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   December 17, 2013
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How I Took the Hour of Code Challenge

In high school, I took a web design class where I was one of only two girls. Today I coded a game for iPhone to do my part in the online Hour of Code awareness campaign. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   2 Comments   |   December 13, 2013
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How a Woman Became the CEO of General Motors in 3 (Not-So-Easy) Steps

This week, General Motors named Mary Barra as its first female CEO. Only 13 percent of engineers today are women — so how exactly did Barra get to the top job? Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   1 Comments   |   December 12, 2013
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This Computer Scientist Overcame Brain Damage; Now She’s Helping Others Do the Same

When computer scientist Jeanie Schwenk suffered a traumatic car accident, she didn’t expect to discover a new career path. Her new company, Magno Processing Systems, will use visual imaging software to help individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   December 11, 2013
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From Discouraged Math Student to Computer Engineer: One Doll’s Story

So how did Barbie overcome the stereotype that girls can’t excel in mathematics? Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   6 Comments   |   December 11, 2013