Vanzetta Penn McPherson

“Marching for My Convictions”: A Judge Remembers Civil Rights-Era Alabama

In her AAUW fellowship application, McPherson wrote, “I have been privileged to grow up in a period of our country’s history that has produced some of the most significant social innovations. And, as a bonus, I witnessed it firsthand from my home in Montgomery, Alabama.” Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   September 03, 2014
Mary Purcell speaks into a microphone at a desk

Why Was the 1995 Beijing Conference for Women Groundbreaking? Read a Firsthand Account

Former AAUW president Mary Purcell was at the 1995 U.N. conference in Beijing and wrote about why it was so important for women, girls, and all human rights. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   4 Comments   |   August 20, 2014

No Fear of Flying Here: 12 Women Aviators to Celebrate

Imagine what bravery it took to become a pilot when aviation was in its infancy, especially for women who were never expected to fly, let alone be pilots. Even today, […] Read more »

Blog   |   Leadership   |   August 19, 2014
A girl in a red cape and mask raises her fist in the air

Why Stereotypes Are Bad and What You Can Do about Them

We all know stereotypes are bad, but biases can be more ingrained — and dangerous — than we realize. So what do we do to combat our biased brains? Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   8 Comments   |   August 13, 2014
Young girl taking a pitchers stance to throw a baseball in the 2015 Always brand's Super Bowl ad.

7 Videos That Are Battling Stereotypes This Year

Three national corporations and four musicians released videos that tackle gender stereotypes and bias. And just like that, this summer’s hottest trend became women’s empowerment! Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   6 Comments   |   August 08, 2014
Photograph of the Civil Rights March on Washington, on August 28, 1963.

Honoring the Women of the Civil Rights Movement

Although it is true that the most famous men of the civil rights movement deserves the acclaim he receives, it is also true that the success of the civil rights movement hinged also on the selfless dedication and hard work of a host of women whose names are considerably less familiar today. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   July 01, 2014

The Revolutionized Soul of a Lamb

A prolific writer of academic articles and books about group social work, including one of the first studies of troubled girls, Gisela Konopka received an AAUW Achievement Award in 1977. Read more »

Motherhood, Race Factor into Lesser Salary for Some Women

Race and ethnicity have always created a dividing line in the United States, and it’s no different with the gender pay gap. Read more »

A copy of the book "The Confidence Code" lying in the sand.

6 Ways You Can Help Close the Confidence Gap

The Confidence Code has spurred a lively debate about gender inequality in the workplace — should we be empowering women to be more confident or putting the pressure instead on longstanding cultural and legislative barriers? Well, we think it’s some of both. Read more »

Blog   |   Leadership   |   7 Comments   |   May 19, 2014

Child Care on Campus: A Must for Mothers in College

The astronomical costs of child care put it out of reach for most student parents, making affordable on-campus child care a necessary student support. Read more »

Blog   |   Education & Training   |   12 Comments   |   May 06, 2014