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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
Marie Wolbach stands next to California Tech Trek alumna Ellen Le.

Marie Wolbach, Tech Trek Founder, Honored with “Classic Woman” Award

This week, Traditional Home magazine honored five women for their exceptional volunteerism with the Classic Woman Award. Read more »

Article   |   Community   |   September 23, 2013
A group of women in yellow shirts in front of the Washington Monutment.

This Student Leader Is Channeling Frustration with Gender Inequality into Positive Action

This summer, we caught up with former members of the AAUW National Student Advisory Council, the exclusive group of college women who advise AAUW on student issues and help plan the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Read more »

Article   |   Campus   |   September 20, 2013
A scientist in a white coat and goggles works in a lab

Inspiring Future Scientists Will Have to Wait

The Science Laureates of the United States Act would create a national position similar to the poet laureate model. AAUW endorsed this legislation because it aligns with our mission of supporting programs that can help break through barriers for women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   September 20, 2013
Three girls in lab coats and goggles mix chemicals in a metal bowl to create soap.

Girls Explore Science through Rockets and Marine Biology at Washington Tech Trek

Fifty girls from western Washington set off for Pacific Lutheran University to attend AAUW of Washington’s first Tech Trek camp this summer. Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   September 16, 2013