Knowledge Base

Expand what you know about women in diverse communities with readings, films, and historical facts.

  • Learn about Jane Cooke Wright (1919-2013) – the first Black woman to be named associate dean of a nationally recognized medical institution. When appointed in 1967, she was the highest ranking Black woman at a U.S. medical school. 
  • Maggie Lena Walker was the first Black woman to found a bank in the U.S. Born to enslaved parents in 1864, she was a prominent business leader at the turn of the century and spoke out for equal rights and fair employment throughout her life.

Understand your own biases. 

  • DEI Dialogues – Videos of a series of Zoom discussions sponsored by AAUW Florida’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Held from October 2021 to April 2023, the discussions aim to help participants become comfortable sharing their perspectives and inspire them to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of their work and lives.
  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by psychologists Mahzarin Banaji of Harvard University and Anthony Greenwald of the University of Washington explores the automatic decisions humans make about themselves and others in society. 
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, psychologist and consultant to law enforcement, deals with the ingrained stereotypes and unconscious biases that affect us.

Do you have suggestions for other resources to add to the list?

Email the AAUW Florida Diversity and Inclusion Committee chair.