As an AAUW major donor, I'm confident that my contributions are used wisely and effectively to advance equity for women and girls. I highly recommend giving your time, talent, and treasure to this powerful organization!
On state tests, only one third of our state’s minority students are meeting standards in math and science. Our most recent state assessment test, the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP), shows serious deficits in student achievement, particularly for minority students. We created an all girls FIRST LEGO League team. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a robotic competition developed for middle school age students. Our goals are to inspire female students to take an interest in science and technology and begin considering these fields as a career. AAUW Funded our organization Clevergirlz to learn to compete building robots and solving a problem. As a result we gained national recognition, and placed in our state competition. This girls have become interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In addition, the girl members are peerducators in this year's program. We thank AAUW for making a ddfference.
I appreciate this organisation ever since I was awarded a scholarship. I was in the US as an alien, moved to support my husband who was in school there and had a scholarship. I later enrolled into graduate school but had no funding. so I applied to this organisation and at that time, there was no hope of continuing, as the money that had supported me had dried out and the proffessor who was supporting my husband had transfered, and the department did have any sort of assistantship. It seemed that my dream was coming to an end, not only a dream but a career because in the University where I wanted to join accepts only PHD gradutes. So this time when I applied and prayed, I was pleasantly supprised to recieve this money as it covered a big cunk of my tuition. I implore this organisation and pray that it will stand in the gap to help the girls with dreams realize them particularly marginalized ones in the different societies.
I just completed a documentary project title Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII. This film shares the little known story of female mathematicians who did secret ballistics research for the US Army during WWII, a handful of whom went on to serve as the programmers of ENIAC, the first electronic computer. The AAUW grant allows me to travel with the documentary this fall, visiting museums, schools and art cinemas. I administer a survey that identifies girls or college-aged women interested in being mentored with professional women interested in mentoring. Then in the spring I'll use this information to create a teaching guide for the documentary that will include 'best practices' for community mentoring of girls in the areas of math, science, engineering and computer technology. The hope is that this will result in more girls pursuing careers in these fields.
In 2009, I was the recipient of an American Fellowship from AAUW. That fellowship allowed me to complete revisions to my manuscript which are required as a condition of my employment as a university professor. AAUW supports women in academia at all career states, from graduate study through the professoriate, and women working outside the academy in their local communities. Support from AAUW provided me, in turn, time to work with students and support them in their studies. AAUW is widely recognized within the academy for its commitment to excellence and service. I am proud to be associated with them.
AAUW is an amazing organization that helps women when otheres won't. AAUW is willing to believe and bet on women redefining themselves, after stepping off other career paths or taking time to parent young children. I found very few other organizations that would be that supportive of the goals of a person at my stage in the game. For example, the Soros foundation only helps new Americans under 30 years old. I really believe in this organization and hope you will support it.
AAUW is wonderful--it has helped me pay for my first year of medical education, which I would otherwise have had to taken lots of loans for. It's wonderful to be recognized and rewarded for my accomplishments in a way that really helps me advance my career and lets me focus on what's really important: studying, rather than worrying about how to pay for my education. AAUW selflessly wants to help women succeed in the professional world--they've given me money without asking anything in return.
As a single mother living on an Indian Reservation there isn't much opportunity for advancement. If I want to advance or continue my education I have to move away from my family and uproot my children. I have always dreamt of attaining a Masters Degree in the Environmental Field. AAUW has given me the opportunity to change that dream into a reality.
During my graduate study, my husband got a position across the country from my graduate school, and I began a 'commuting' Ph.D., doing my research on the west coast and all of my writing and computer work on the east coast. Living apart was never an option because we have a young child. The biggest limitation to finishing my Ph.D. was funding - I couldn't take advantage of most funding options because they required me to be on the west coast (teaching, helping professors there with my research). AAUW saw my potential and granted me a fellowship to fund my final year of graduate study. Now, our son likes to tell everyone how he 'saw his mom become a doctor'. AAUW provides the funding and support for women like myself that are juggling priorities, including children, spouses, and careers!
In the midst of the current financial crisis, my desire to complete a career change by going back to school would have very likely gone unrealized were it not for AAUW's generous financial support. The organization's mission to support women like myself takes away some of the uncertainty, and much of the risk, of pursuing our dreams regardless of financial circumstances. Beyond individual support, AAUW's grants inspire recipients like myself to continue the chain of goodwill...often following career paths that are altruistic and service-minded. In this way, the social returns on AAUW's financial investment are manifold and self-perpetuating. I look forward to completing my MA in 2012 and beginning the next stage of this journey.