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Changing the Face of Computer Science, One Hour at a Time

In our 2010 report on the alarmingly low number of women in STEM fields, we recommended encouraging girls to take computer science classes. Now we’re taking that recommendation to the next level by asking you to participate in the Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science. Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   November 15, 2013
McClintock on Graduate Woman

C’mon, We’ve Been at This Forever! (132 Years, to Be Exact)

If AAUW’s founders were alive today, no doubt they would be thrilled about women in science making national news! Then again, perhaps AAUW members of yore would not be surprised to see some of the same women they supported featured in the New York Times. After all, AAUW has been recognizing and supporting women in science since our inception in 1881. Read more »

Article   |   Career and Workplace   |   November 15, 2013
A headshot of Holly Rushmeier

Designing a Digital Reality

Ever wonder who creates those realistic renderings in games, movies, or industrial design? That would be someone like Holly Rushmeier, one of our 1987–88 American Fellows. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   November 13, 2013
Mabel Newcomer receiving the 1953 AAUW Achievement Award

Where Are the Women Economists? Here’s One You Should Know About

AAUW board member Mabel Newcomer was an economics professor at Vassar College for 40 years and vice president of the American Economic Association — the first woman to hold the position. She was also a published author, an economic adviser for postwar reconstruction in Europe, a U.N. representative, and a 1953 AAUW Achievement Award winner. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   November 06, 2013
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Gift Guide for Girls: The 2013 Edition

The holidays are fast approaching, and it’s time to find that elusive perfect gift for the girl(s) in your life. When so many gifts marketed to girls are highly gendered, promoting stereotyped and objectified images of girls, holiday shopping can be a frustrating experience. That’s why, for the second year in a row, we’ve created a list of gifts that defy stereotypes! Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   13 Comments   |   November 05, 2013
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The Chemistry behind That Candy Corn: A Professor’s Novel Approach

1998–99 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow Margot Vigeant is the second woman to achieve full professorship in chemical engineering at Bucknell University, and only a year behind the first. Her classes focus on real-world problems in food processing and product design. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 23, 2013
She Has an App for that

She’s Got an App for That

If you’ve tuned into tech news lately, you know there has been much discussion concerning the role of women in the app-maker world. It is widely believed that women are […] Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   2 Comments   |   October 03, 2013
A black-and-white portrait of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

A Veritable Star: Harvard’s First Professional Astronomer Was a Woman

Before space travel, before any rocket had been successfully launched, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin was blazing a trail in her own right. After just two years at Harvard, Payne-Gaposchkin became the very first person to receive a doctorate in astronomy from the Ivy League school. Read more »

The 50 eighth-grade girls who attended Tech Trek at Bowling Green State University pose with Tech Trek staff in front of a campus building.

Tech Trek: Coming to a Campus Near You!

In 2014, AAUW will expand our STEM-focused (science, technology, engineering, and math) summer camp program to three new college and university campuses in New Mexico, Oregon, and Alabama. Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   September 25, 2013
LeAnn Erickson stands outside a memorial with three older women.

The Top-Secret, Female Computers of World War II

More than 70 years ago, “when computers were human and women were underestimated, a group of female mathematicians helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age.” Now, their history has finally been told. This is the story of Top-Secret Rosies. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   September 25, 2013