AAUW : Empowering Women Since 1881

Equity Now

Together, we can achieve a vision of equal opportunity for all
Judith Resnik, AAUW American Fellow 1975–76
From the top left going clockwise: Morgan Dwyer, Chief Strategy Officer for the US Department of Commerce, Diana Juarez Madera, Product Owner and Systems Engineer at Raytheon Intelligence & Space, Grace Floring, Space Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman, Mennatallah Hussein, Graduate Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and AAUW International Fellow 2022-23
AAUW Alumnae

National Women In Aerospace Day

AAUW is proud to celebrate National Women In Aerospace Day this month. Our own alumnae have made outstanding contributions to their fields — and are leading by example. Their passion, intellect, and determination inspire the next generation of women and girls in aerospace.

Dare to Be...


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

Join AAUW on May 30 – June 1, 2024 in DC metro area for this year’s NCCWSL.

Astronaut Judith A. Resnik, one of three mission specialists, positions herself on the floor of the Space Shuttle Discovery's mid-deck. (30 Aug 1984). Photo: NASA
Women Make History Every Day

Astronaut and 1975–76 AAUW American Fellow Judith Resnik

AAUW’s 1975–76 American Fellow Judith Resnik made history by becoming the second female astronaut in space. After she perished in the 1986 Challenger tragedy, AAUW members raised $235,000 to fund the Judith Resnik American Fellowship endowment.

AAUW has a proud heritage of helping women pursue higher education, tracing back to a time when few women had that opportunity.

Civil Rights

Title IX: Advancing Gender Equity in Schools

On April 19, the U.S. Department of Education issued strong and comprehensive protections against discrimination in school through their final Title IX rules. The new regulations clarify that student survivors of sexual harassment, pregnant and parenting students, and LGBTQ+ students have equal educational opportunities free from sex discrimination. The new rules take effect on August 1, 2024. 

Nancy Grace Roman (1925-2018), AAUW member and chief of astronomy at NASA
Gender Equity

AAUW Partners with NSF on Advancing Pay Equity in Higher Education

Joining forces with AAUW, the NSF ADVANCE Partnership Project “Let’s Talk Money” takes aim at bringing gender equity to higher education compensation. Rooted in AAUW’s commitment to dismantling equity barriers for women and girls, “Let’s Talk Money” aims to expand knowledge of best practices for faculty pay to the higher education community by:

• Building understanding of university pay-practices and outcomes.
• Incorporating an equity lens into pay-decisions.
• Expanding productive conversations about pay.
• Improving communication of pay decisions.

Webinar Spotlight: "The Demands of Justice"

Dive into our past recordings and keep an eye out for future events that celebrate, educate on, and inspire progress in gender equity.

"The Demands of Justice: Enslaved Women, Capital Crime, and Clemency in Early Virginia"

CEO Gloria L. Blackwell in conversation with AAUW American Fellowship alumna Tamika Nunley, Ph.D., as they discuss her recent book, “The Demands of Justice: Enslaved Women, Capital Crime, and Clemency in Early Virginia,” 1662-1865.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

AAUW is proud to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This month, we are highlighting our alumnae of AAPI heritage as well as those working to bring awareness and promote gender equity for women and girls within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Mira Yusef is a co-founder of Monsoon, Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity and National Asians Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence.

Dr. Phun is an assistant professor of Asian/Asian American Studies and director of the Chinese American Oral History Project at CSU, Los Angeles.

Dr. Sikand is filmmaker, choreographer, and Assistant Professor of an interdisciplinary film and media studies program at Lafayette College.

Dr. Hsueh is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University.

Tam Ma is the Associate Vice President for Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs at University of California Health.

Dr. Ferdous is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at Howard University.

Jane Chen is the co-founder of Embrace Global, which developed a ground-breaking infant incubator that has saved over 475,000 babies to date.

Election Resources

How to Get Involved and Educate Voters

There are many ways AAUW members can get involved in the elections and help educate voters. Our voter engagement campaign — It’s My Vote! — will give you the training, tools, and resources to help increase voter participation in your community.

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!