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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
Engineers Week, September 18, 2013, Cat with Anya and Olga, Photographer ©Lisa Abitbol for DiscoverE

Celebrate Girl Day with AAUW: Enter Our Battle of the Plans!

AAUW invites teachers and other educators to submit a K–12 lesson plan that incorporates engineering skills and knowledge into a diverse range of subjects in fun, creative ways. Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   December 05, 2013
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5 Surprising Facts about US Student Performance on International Test

The Organization for Economic Development recently released the results for the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment. Watching and analyzing where 15-year-old U.S. students rank compared with their peers from […] Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   December 04, 2013
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Before Gates and Jobs, There Was Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

Grace Murray Hopper is perhaps best known for writing the computer language known as COBOL or Common Business-Oriented Language. She also coined the term “computer bug,” was a Navy admiral, and won the 1983 AAUW Achievement Award. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   December 04, 2013