Win Friends and Influence People — and Drink Wine!

What’s not to love about an event that lets you meet great new people, share cool ideas, win fun prizes, and have a discounted glass of delicious wine? Personally, I think that sounds like a great way to unwind after work, and it’s why I have attended each of the three Washington, D.C., Cocktails and Convos events sponsored by AAUW to date. (OK, so it didn’t hurt that I won an awesome prize the first time!)...more

Giving Men the Gift of Pay Equity

Yes, you read that correctly. A couple of weeks before my bar mitzvah, my parents and I went to our rabbi’s home to discuss the big day. One of the honors for the bar mitzvah boy is that members of his family can get called up to read certain prayers during the service, so we gave him our list of names. When the rabbi saw our list, he informed us that we had a problem: We had more women readers than our conservative temple would allow....more

Front Row and Center: The Helen Thomas Vacancy

Headline news today: “An End for Helen Thomas and the Helen Thomas Rules.” Wow....more

A Mother’s Day Gift That Could Save a Life

The Pearls of Wisdom campaign, a global effort to prevent cervical cancer and to encourage women and girls to protect their health, is taking big steps this week to reach 4,070 pledges by Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9. Why 4,070? According to Pearls of Wisdom, in 2010 alone, more than 11,000 American women are expected to be diagnosed with cervical cancer. The number of women expected to die from this illness is 4,070. AAUW is a proud partner of Pearls of Wisdom, and we would like to encourage our members to take the pledge and help reach this goal....more

Marking Equal Pay Day

AAUW members and pay equity advocates all across the country are marking Equal Pay Day today. Marking the day, not celebrating the day. We will celebrate when we no longer need Equal Pay Day, when pay discrimination and the wage gap are things of the past, when women’s wages are finally equal to men’s. Until then, we’ll continue to mark this day — with rallies, proclamations, “unhappy” hours, community events, and bake sales where women receive a discount equal to the wage gap. ...more

Celebrating National Women's History Month

March 1 marks the start of National Women's History Month, and AAUW has strong ties to this annual celebration of women history makers. AAUW is an established historic organization that has helped — and continues to help — women make history.With that in mind, AAUW is excited to partner with the National Women's History Project in its 30th anniversary year, which has the theme "Writing Women Back into History." There will be many ways for AAUW members and supporters to get involved this year, and AAUW's Women's History Month celebrations will include the following: A Flickr stream of photos If you have photos of a Women's History Month event to share, please upload them to AAUW's Flickr stream by e-mailing the photos to mess90zap [at]*. Please be sure to include a short caption for each photo in the subject line or in the text of your e-mail message and indicate that the photos are for National Women’s History Month. Women's History Month-related photos will be available for viewing directly on the Flickr account. A YouTube video campaign AAUW staff members will be filming short videos about women they are honoring during Women's History Month that will be uploaded to AAUW's YouTube channel. If you would like to share a Women's History Month-related video that you’ve made, just upload it to your own account and send in the link via e-mail. We will collect videos from AAUW branches and members and online supporters and share them through the blog and/or Facebook. ...more

Products You Just Can’t Live Without!

Today, more than ever, body image is a huge self-esteem issue for women and girls. We are constantly bombarded with messages about how to be perfect — Get Thin Fast; I Hate My Hair; Surgery-Free Boob Jobs; LongerLegs, Leaner Lines, Sexier Silhouette. Speaking in a recent issue of People magazine, the 23-year-old reality television celebrity and sage adviser Heidi Montag, who underwent 10 plastic surgeries in one day, admitted that she plans to “keep using surgery to make me as perfect as I can be.” And as Heidi knows all too well, beauty isn’t cheap. But even if you don’t have $30K to overhaul yourself in the New Year, AAUW resolves to make you the ideal woman from head to toe in 2010 with a few beauty products you would be loathe to do without....more

Helpful Tweeting

A lot of people within the social media world describe Twitter as a way to have a conversation and engage people. And while I agree with that, I think that’s a bit vague — what does it mean to “engage” people on Twitter? How do you have a “conversation” on Twitter? I’d like to piggyback on Christy’s post from Tuesday, which talks about finding and exchanging information via Twitter. That’s one good way to use the site, and I do it too. I did, however, want to draw attention to another example of a great way to use Twitter that happened to me last week....more

Women Are Equal — in Twitter

Wait! Before you think you don’t want to hear about “that Twitter thing,” as someone told me recently, I ask you to pause and listen to a story of exploration that put true meaning behind real-time education. If you are already part of the Twitter adventure, stick around. I’ve listed some great folks that you will want to follow as an individual interested in issues of importance to women and girls today and tomorrow. Last year at about this time I wrote a blog post, “Make New Friends,” that talked about social media, what it was, and how AAUW was using it. I had recently started using Twitter but had not made the time to explore this newish phenom that was starting to make headlines. Wanting to practice what I was preaching, I started making Twitter time and, before I knew it, I was learning more about women’s issues from other’s tweets than I ever did simply scanning the daily news. It was like having my own research team at my fingertips, with links to verifiable information. I also found myself continually taking action — contributing to causes, writing my congressperson via links, signing petitions....more

A Good 24 Hours for Health Reform

AAUW staff and members were among the 1,200 people who descended on the corridors of Capitol Hill yesterday as part of the “Stop Stupak” coalition. Stupak, of course, refers to Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), the Michigan congressman who inserted an amendment into the House-passed version of health reform legislation that would jeopardize women’s access to complete and safe reproductive health care coverage. The day’s events on Capitol Hill, which included meetings with congressional offices, briefings, and a rally attended by several members of Congress, were matched by various events taking place around the country as people took action in individual states. From Washington, DC, to the state of Washington, friends and allies united as one in our common cause to ensure that the Stupak amendment does not become law....more