AAUW > Leadership Development

The glass barrier to leadership positions needs to be broken. Although women make up half of the labor force and most of the college graduates in the United States, they are under-represented in leadership positions in politics, academe, and corporations.  As this also is an international issue, we are committed to advancing equality for women across the globe.

The Issue:  https://www.aauw.org/issues/leadership/

What We Are Doing

Ongoing or recent efforts include:

  • Funding outstanding women from Penn State to attend the National Conference for Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), the premier leadership conference for college students
  • Providing scholarships for women with leadership potential to attend Leadership Centre County, a yearlong leadership development program. Three AAUW State College Board members have attended this program.
  • Funding from an international endowment established by AAUW State College supports international women to study in the United States.
  • Promoting Work Smart throughout the community and sponsored Smart Start programs at Penn State
  • Sponsoring an annual International Perspectives on Women program featuring female Humphrey Fellows at Penn State
  • Funding grants for local international women to study English as a Second Language

AAUW Resources:

AAUW created two online programs, Smart Start and Work Start, to enable women to effectively negotiate for salaries that reflect their skills and education.  Both are available at no charge. 


Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership