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
A girl holds a dropper over a Styrofoam box in one hand and a test tube in her other hand. She is carefully filling the dropper with liquid from the box.

Tech Trek Brings Robotics, Chemistry, Ecology to Oklahoma Girls

For 30 girls from western Oklahoma, Tech Trek was all about seeing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in action. Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   September 12, 2013
Chien-Shiung Wu gives her AAUW Achievement Award acceptance speech, 1959.

This Brilliant Female Physicist Was Overlooked for a Nobel Prize

Wu’s work was termed the most important development in the field of atomic and nuclear physics to date. Her male co-workers Lee and Yang received the Nobel Prize for disproving the Parity Law. In a move that makes you mad just reading it, the prize committee overlooked Wu. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   3 Comments   |   September 11, 2013
The whole class of Tech Trek campers stands on the stairs at Bowling Green with the camp staff in brightly-colored T-shirts.

Math, Engineering, and Marshmallows Inspire Future Scientists at Ohio Tech Trek

Bowling Green State University saw 50 girls descend upon campus in July for their first Tech Trek, hosted by the AAUW Bowling Green (OH) Branch. Tech Trek provides a supportive environment for girls to prepare for a possible future in a STEM career. Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   September 05, 2013