Gloria L. Blackwell

Gloria L. Blackwell

Senior Vice President of Fellowships & Programs

As the senior vice president of fellowships & programs, Gloria is responsible for designing and implementing initiatives to expand women’s and girls’ opportunities in nontraditional spaces through leadership and oversight of $4 million in fellowships and grant programs; designing and executing a comprehensive set of programs to reshape girls’ and women’s experiences in educational and career settings; and direction of the organization-wide integration of fellowships and programs into every dimension of strategic and operational planning. Gloria also serves as AAUW’s UN main representative, leading global initiatives implemented through collaborations with UN bodies and global coalitions.

Before joining AAUW in 2004 she was the director of Africa education programs at the Institute of International Education (IIE). She also managed fellowships programs during her decade at IIE and has held positions as a Peace Corps staff member and volunteer in Africa. She holds a master’s degree in education and human development from the George Washington University, a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and studied at the American University in Paris. Gloria is committed to supporting opportunities and empowerment for women and girls globally.

Work by Gloria L. Blackwell

Will You Join the Half the Sky Movement?

Like thousands across the globe, AAUW has joined the Half the Sky Movement in support of women and girls around the world. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   September 10, 2012

Back to School AAUW Style: Positive, Awesome Opportunities for Girls

Summer is waning and tax-free week is over, with the purchases of new sneakers, uniforms, and jeans all wrapped up. That can only mean one thing — the kids are […] Read more »

Blog   |   Education & Training   |   1 Comments   |   September 05, 2012

Women Step Up to Take Global Action

Think about your own next leadership step. Tiffany Dufu, president of the White House Project, had this advice to offer a room of committed, passionate women gathered at George Washington […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   June 11, 2012
Claudette Colvin, aged 13, in 1953. On March 2, 1955, she was the first person arrested for resisting bus racial segregation in Montgomery, Alabama.

Before Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin Stayed in Her Bus Seat

On March 2, 1955, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin became the first person arrested for resisting bus racial segregation in Montgomery, Alabama. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   March 21, 2012

A Tribute to Philosophy Pioneer and AAUW Fellow Ruth Barcan Marcus

AAUW Fellow Ruth Barcan Marcus established herself in the field of philosophy and helped bring about changes in hiring practices so that appointments were no longer governed by the old boys’ network. Read more »

Blog   |   Education & Training   |   March 20, 2012

Rural Women and Girls Take the Spotlight at the U.N.

This week, at the 56th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, the challenges, hopes, strengths, and resilience of the world’s rural women are taking center stage. This year’s priority […] Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Security   |   1 Comments   |   March 08, 2012
International Fellow Diedie Weng films local Yongji women.

Making Every Day International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is observed on March 8 each year to honor and celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women. But at AAUW, every day is International Women’s Day! Read more »

Black Women and Art: 30 Americans and the Black List

Black women have been showcased in many ways during Black History Month, particularly through art. I recently visited several such exhibits in the Washington, D.C., area with my 10-year-old daughter, […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   February 27, 2012
Henrietta Lacks and her husband, David, in 1945. Henrietta Lacks' cells were essential in developing the polio vaccine and were used in scientific landmarks including in vitro fertilization.

Remembering Henrietta Lacks, the Woman behind HeLa Cells

In February 1951, a remarkable woman named Henrietta Lacks left the world a stunning legacy that may one day lead to cures for cancer and other diseases. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   4 Comments   |   February 16, 2012

From AAUW Fellow to MSNBC Host

For Melissa Harris-Perry, receiving her AAUW American Fellowship in 2001 made all the difference. She received notification of her fellowship award just two weeks after finding out that that she […] Read more »

Blog   |   Education & Training   |   10 Comments   |   February 09, 2012