Your AAUW Dialog Summer Reading List

August 20, 2011

Summer is drawing to a close, so the AAUW blog has decided to take some time to just sit back, relax, and have a long weekend. In our absence, why not check out one of our most popular recent posts or  the top posts from the past year that you might have missed? Enjoy!

  • Dancin’ in the Rain for Fair Pay: Back in April, volunteers braved the rain to hold a flash mob on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to draw attention to Equal Pay Day, the symbolic point where a woman’s salary catches up to a man’s salary from the previous year. Make sure to check out the video.
  • We Need You for the 10 for 10 Campaign: February 24 of this year was the 10th anniversary of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. So to celebrate, AAUW joined nine other organizations to reach 10,000 10 year olds with positive engineering experiences. Despite the program being over, there is no bad time to encourage a young girl to become involved in engineering.
  • Kate Middleton: Every Woman’s Dream?: This year, America was obsessed with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding, but is getting that fairy tale wedding really all girls today should be thinking about?
  • Not Just Yale: The Wake-Up Call Our Schools Need: Yale University was recently embroiled in controversy over creating a “hostile sexual environment,” but the truth is, this is not an isolated incident. That is why AAUW is dedicated to providing tools for students, administrators, parents, or anyone interested in making campuses safer for women.
  • When Hitting a Girl is Considered Acceptable: Even today, young girls are being raised to believe that abuse is a symbol of love. It’s time to stand and educate people that this is never acceptable.
  • A Big Victory in the Fight against Gender Discrimination: Earlier this year, Novartis — a pharmaceutical corporation — settled a discrimination lawsuit brought by 5,600 female sales employees by paying out up to $152.5 million in back pay and compensation. This was the largest gender discrimination case to ever go to trial and struck a huge blow to workplace discrimination.
  • Why the Wal-Mart Supreme Court Case Matters: AAUW was a major supporter of the plaintiffs in the Wal-Mart v. Dukes case from earlier this year. Here is a chance to go back and look at the expectations and motivations of the case.
  • Why Do We Need Women in STEM Fields?: By not including women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields, a large number of technological developments have excluded women, including first-generation airbags. Encouraging diversity in these programs allows for more diverse input into scientific discovery.
  • Women in Engineering: Inspired to Wired: Despite making up over 20 percent of engineering graduates, women only make up 11 percent of engineering professionals, which is why AAUW is dedicated to end the stigmas and encourage women to take on this male-dominated field.
  • Capitol Hill: Very Male, Very White, and Why it Matters: A recent study revealed that 68 percent of top congressional staff members are male, and 93 percent are white. This creates a clear conflict of interest when these staffers are tasked with researching issues pertaining to women and people of color.
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