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2017-18 Selected Professions Fellow Harpreet Sandhawalia
2017-18 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow Harpreet Sandhawalia

AAUW Fellows and Grantees Making—and Chronicling—Black History

We’re proud of these trailblazers during Black History Month and every month. Follow @AAUW’s #BlackHistoryMonth tweets throughout February for more inspiring profiles.

2016-17 AAUW American Fellow Keisha Blain speaking at a podium

This award-winning historian and 2016-17 AAUW American Fellow co-edited a new book that chronicles 400 years of African American experiences.

2011-12 AAUW American Fellow Shanna Benjamin

This educator and 2011-12 AAUW American Fellow will discuss her upcoming book Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay at an AAUW webinar on March 4.

head shot of 1996-97 Selected Professions Fellow Rachael Rollins

The 1996–97 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow is the first woman elected to the role of district attorney in Boston and the first woman of color to hold that job in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

2010-11 American Fellow Ayana Johnson

The marine biologist and 2010-11 AAUW American Fellow is CEO of Ocean Collective, focused on conservation solutions grounded in social justice. She was recently named to Time magazine's 2021 Top 100 list.

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Eos Foundation/AAUW Report

The Compensation Gap at America's Elite Colleges and Universities

A new study examines gender, race and ethnicity among the most highly compensated employees at each of the nation’s 130 major research institutions. Women of color are vastly underrepresented in the uppermost ranks, and women in general account for only 24% of top earners.

Breaking Barriers

“No one will be safe until everyone is safe, and no country is going to be safe until all countries are safe from this pandemic. So I think this is the time to act together―act as a community, not alone.”

Tell Congress Today

It's Time to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

AAUW and our supporters have worked for 24 years to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, and this is the year we will succeed. As this critical bill heads for the House and the Senate, we need to mobilize quickly to ensure we get it across the finish line.

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May 25-26, 2021

NCCWSL 2021: An All-New Virtual Experience for Young Leaders

AAUW invites hundreds of college women from around the country for two days of virtual leadership training, inspiration and networking at our National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).

The Year in Review

Despite the global pandemic, social unrest, threats to our democracy and the worst economic downturn in decades, last year AAUW stayed focused on our mission of achieving equity for all. We know that deep inequalities caused or worsened everything that ailed our country in 2020, and we remain committed to building a better future—beginning now.

Read about our 2020 Accomplishments
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Tools for Change

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

As Maya Angelou said, “In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.” AAUW’s Inclusion & Equity Committee recently created these resources to help our members and others to celebrate their differences and incorporate inclusive practices into their everyday lives.

Our Priority Issues

Take Action

Members of AAUW’s Action Network receive urgent email notices and text messages when their advocacy is needed most. With our online Two-Minute Activist tool, it takes just minutes and an internet connection to make your voice heard on issues impacting women and girls!