AAUW to Train 10 Million Women to Negotiate Their Financial Futures by 2022 – and unveils plan to achieve pay equity by 2030

AAUW marked Equal Pay Day this year with Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Churches authoring a CNN article highlighting AAUW’s plan to close the pay gap — via passing laws, working with employers to change practices, and training 10 million women to negotiate their salaries by 2022 through AAUW’s Work Smart program. We launched a new It’s Negotiable: A Salary Skill Builderonline preview to build momentum for the creation of a full online version of Work Smart, which will be available later this year!


Opinion: How to tackle the childcare–conference conundrum

Rebecca M. Calisi and a Working Group of Mothers in Science
Conferences are vital forums for academic researchers. At these meetings, scientists communicate new discoveries, form research collaborations, make contacts with funding agencies, and attract new members to our labs and programs. Even with new technological advances that allow remote communication, resource sharing, and networking, face-to-face interactions are a crucial component for one’s career advancement and ongoing education. Early-stage researchers, who benefit significantly from these events, face some notable barriers to attendance. One major challenge is what we call the childcare–conference conundrum: Parent–researchers face a conundrum as they struggle to attend key conferences and further their careers while finding care for the children. Conferences face a conundrum as they assess how to better accommodate mothers and families.

International Women’s Day 2018

Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first March 8 IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific. Make IWD your day! – everyday!


Celebrating women in science.

Sunday, February 11, was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To celebrate, Science asked female scientists from around the world to share their experiences and offer advice. Some women spoke of their experiences dealing with imposter syndrome, while others shared their struggles in balancing careers with a home life. In facing such obstacles, Elizabeth Nance of the University of Washington in Seattle, speaks of how “willingly taking a step back and being introspective about what you want and need—asking yourself, ‘What is best for me?’ —is critical.”  Science


The year 2017 showed us that women are not slowing down in the face of inequality, from the #metoo movement to Hollywood women launching Time’s Up, and the AAUW Campus Action Project (CAP) grant recipients are no exception.

CAP grantees focus on developing campus women’s leadership initiatives for students, faculty, and staff.  Our grant recipients represent a breadth of campuses from around the nation, as well as one international campus in Brazil.

AAUW’s grant funding enables groups of educators, administrators, and students to enhance opportunities for women on campus from increasing women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields to engaging students in spoken word to fostering empowerment to closing the leadership gap amongst faculty. We are proud to announce this year’s grant recipients.

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Welcome to the 2018 AAUW-ND Women Leaders in STEM Program!

Welcome to the 2018 Women Leaders in STEM (WL-STEM) Program! WL-STEM Program was founded to promote and empower women leaders in our community by fostering professional development for graduate and postdoctoral scholars across the campus. This program will create a bridge between women with leadership experience and women seeking advice on leadership and professionalization. The WL-STEM Committee’s role is to ensure that each and every mentor and mentee relationship develops into a worthwhile and enriching experience this semester.  

The inaugural group of WL-STEM Program includes 25 Notre Dame faculty and staff mentors and 26 graduate student and postdoc research mentees! Attached is a brief document to guide you through your mentoring relationship, please review and complete the contract. All mentees are required to meet with their mentors and submit their contract no later than March 1, 2018.  We have included the contact information for your mentor/mentee below.

Please join us on February 12th to celebrate and recognize women leaders at Notre Dame. This is also a great time for each mentor and mentee to get acquainted and develop their negotiated agreement that will assist in setting goals for the program. If you are not able to attend the kickoff event, please schedule an alternative date to meet with your mentor/mentee.

We look forward to an exciting semester with you.

The Women Leaders in STEM Program is now recruiting mentees!

Hello, World!

The Graduate School, in collaboration with the American Association of University Women and campus partners across University of Notre Dame, is organizing the Women Leaders in STEM (WL-STEM) Program.

WL-STEM is a mentoring and professionalization platform that will connect women in STEM to campus resources and each other in order to grow future competitiveness in the STEM job market, especially in leadership positions. WL-STEM aims to promote and empower women leaders in our community by, increasing awareness of complementary services and fostering professional development across multiple levels, including undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral scholars.  Most importantly, WL-STEM pairs female faculty, staff, and postdocs with female graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in one-on-one mentoring relationships to facilitate personal and professional development growth.

Currently, 25 faculty and staff have signed up to be mentors for Spring 2018! We invite interested female STEM graduate and postdoctoral scholars to sign up to be mentees here  (deadline: February 02, 2018). Spaces are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

Send an email with your question to WLSTEM@nd.edu.