AAUW members' ideas on leadership

Anatomy of a Strong Leader

We asked AAUW’s members and supporters to share their perspectives on social media and via email about what makes a good leader. They came up with a pretty awesome job description. Read more »

Article   |   Leadership   |   March 18, 2019
AAUW 2007-08 International Fellow Esther Ngumbi

4 Questions for Esther Ngumbi: Entomologist Extraordinaire

For Esther Ngumbi, Ph.D., studying insects was never merely an academic interest. As someone who grew up in a farming community in Kenya, she knew firsthand these tiny creatures could wipe out entire crops of corn. Today, as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she studies sustainable crop growth and environmentally friendly insecticides. Read more »

Article   |   Leadership   |   March 18, 2019

3 Questions for Black History Scholar Mary Phillips

Mary Phillips’ black history courses in college rarely touched on the role of women in the black freedom movement. That made her want to dig deeper. Read more »

Article   |   Leadership   |   February 21, 2019
American Flag over US Capitol

Spotlight on Women in Elected Office

The year has barely begun, and women are already shattering records and making history. When the new Congress convened in January, nearly a quarter of its voting membership was comprised of women — the highest percentage ever. Read more »

Article   |   Leadership   |   January 23, 2019

3 Questions for Rachael Rollins: Boston’s First Female District Attorney

“I’m very humbled and deeply grateful to the people of Suffolk County who recognized it’s time for a change,” said Rollins, who grew up in Cambridge. That message was delivered […] Read more »

Article   |   Leadership   |   January 22, 2019
boardroom of mostly men

Broken Ladders: Barriers to Women’s Representation in Nonprofit Leadership

Women are underrepresented in leadership positions across all sectors of the economy and American society. We take a closer look at the broken ladders to advancement that women face even in sectors where they make up the majority of workers: at nonprofit organizations, in postsecondary education, and at philanthropic foundations. Read more »

Research   |   Leadership   |   June 07, 2018
A young woman stands with a CEO wearing a business suit

Celebrate Yourself and Learn to Say No: Niken Carpenter’s Advice to Immigrant Women

When 2014–15 AAUW Career Development Grantee Niken Astari Carpenter first moved to the United States, she didn’t know many people — but when she met members of the AAUW Erie (PA) Branch, she found lifelong friends, mentors, and a connection to a community. Read more »

From left: AAUW UN Youth Representatives Jordan Davis and Veronica McKinny from Lehigh University at the conference

AAUW’s UN Youth Representative Brings Global Student Voices Together about Clean Water

At a time when teenagers are revolutionizing social media activism, organizing school walkouts, and mobilizing nationwide marches for their right to a safe education, one thing is universally clear: Youth voices are essential to solving the world’s problems. Read more »

Blog   |   Leadership   |   May 03, 2018
2016-2017 AAUW National Student Advisory Committee members pose in their school colors during their fall retreat in Washington, DC.

Campus Leaders Share 5 Lessons on Confidence, Activism, and Allyship

In October 2016, 10 campus leaders began a leadership journey as member of the AAUW National Student Advisory Council. As their responsibilities come to a close, they reflect on their top five takeaways from their experience. Read more »

Blog   |   Leadership   |   July 14, 2017
Melissa Harris-Perry headshot

AAUW Unveils Dynamic Speaker Lineup for Women’s Student Leadership Conference

Melissa Harris-Perry, Ph.D., a writer, professor, and political commentator, will deliver the keynote address at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) on Friday, June 2. Read more »

Article   |   Leadership   |   April 18, 2017