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Our widely-respected research puts public focus on important issues. One of our earliest studies demonstrated that girls and boys were treated differently in the classroom, beginning in grades K-6. It spawned programs of teacher training around the country. We have also documented a pay gap between men and women, even among college graduates after one year of employment. As a result, we have begun workshops training women college seniors on negotiating skills.
Upcoming research will update previous studies on sexual harrassment in middle and high schools, including a focus on cyber-bully. And we will continue our research on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. I had the honor recently of representing AAUW at a White House reception where AAUW was cited for the our programs in communities around the country to encourage middle school girls to pursue careers in STEM.
AAUW is also one of the largest, if not the largest, non-university funder of post graduate study for women. Anuually, we award between 3 and 5 million dollars to American and International scholars for their post graduate studies. The money to support this program is raised by our 100,000 members and donors nationwide. Members contributed $100,000 dollars in my name to fund a Carolyn Garfein American Fellowship, so that in perpetuity, a woman will benefit from their generousity and tribute to me.
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In addition to the wonderful work AAUW has done to further educational and economic equity for all women, it gives members like myself the opportunity to develop leadership skills that can be transferred to the workplace.
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Encourage more folks to join!