Speaking of Women: Our Top 10 Posts of 2013

December 27, 2013

2013 fireworksGirls and the sciences, women in leadership, and some questionable media coverage were just some of the topics of this year’s most popular blogs. Without you, our readers, we might still write about the most pressing issues facing women today, but we wouldn’t be sparking discussions around the globe that could change the shape of sexism tomorrow. In celebration of an amazing year of great dialogue about women and girls, here is a list of our top 10 posts of 2013, with hopes for an even better 2014.

Girl looking at toys in the pink aisle.

1.  Holiday Gift Guide for Girls: The 2013 Edition

Lists of gifts for girls that defied stereotypes were common across the web this year, but our second annual gift guide broke down toys by ages and used our research to make recommendations for toys that encourage a growth mindset.

A little girl wearing a gray shirt with buddha, designs and words, like courage.

2.  7 Shirts I’d Like My Daughter to Wear

You can always depend on clothing stores to put disturbing, sexist messages on their clothes for girls, but this year a gross shirt inspired us to put together a list of t-shirts we’d be happy to see girls wear.

LeAnn Erickson stands outside a memorial with three older women.

3.  The Top-Secret, Female Computers of World War II

More than 70 years ago, a group of women mathematicians helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age. Now, thanks to Community Action Grantee LeAnn Erickson, their story is finally being told.

AAUW members with President John F. Kennedy as he signs the Equal Pay Act into law on June 10, 1963.

4.  50 Years after the Equal Pay Act, Parity Eludes Us

We are not the only ones who are amazed that 50 years after President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, the gender pay gap stands at 77 cents.

Marian Firke

5.  10 Fearless Feminists on Campus

In this piece, we introduced our new National Student Advisory Council, and our readers were just as excited as we were about these amazing college women.

Chart showing women's weekly earnings by race and education

6.  The Importance of Race When Discussing the Wage Gap

While the pay gap affects all women, it doesn’t affect them all equally. Once you break down the numbers by race and ethnicity, the gap becomes even more shocking.

mentor word cloud

7.  National Mentoring Month: 3 Tips from a Guru

To professional women, the term “mentoring” can be as ubiquitous and meaningless a buzzword as “networking.” That is why three solid tips from an expert were such a relief for our audience.

Liz Owens, Political Media Manager

8.  For Me, the Pay Gap Is Personal

After sharing her own heartbreaking experience with pay discrimination, AAUW Political Media Manager Liz Owens told the stories of 10 more women who have struggled with and battled against the gender pay gap.

Miss Utah in a gown at the Miss USA pageant

9.  Leave Miss Utah Alone

When a Miss USA contestant was asked about equal pay this summer, she stumbled and the Internet went crazy. Well, we think the Internet got it wrong. Check out our analysis of the pageant.

Janet Napolitano leans over a microphone.

10.  UC President’s Victory Shadowed by Sexist Media

When AAUW C/U Relations Manager Christine Hernandez learned that a woman would soon lead the University of California system for the first time ever, she was thrilled. But the media coverage of this moment was decidedly less than exciting.

Marie Lindberg By:   |   December 27, 2013

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