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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
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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
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6 Ways to Change the World During the Giving Season

People around the world are taking action on the Tuesday after turkey day, also known as Giving Tuesday, to give back to their communities and build a better world. And we know that the best way to do that is to empower women — something we’ve been doing since 1881. Read more »

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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
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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