Amy Becker

Amy Becker

Political Media Manager

Amy Becker is the political media manager in AAUW’s policy shop. She comes to AAUW with an eclectic media background ranging from political radio to gubernatorial campaigns to progressive advocacy. She is a self-described “farm-girl feminist” and anglophile whose obsessions include drag queens, horror movies, hot dogs, and 90s feminist punk rock.
 

Work by Amy Becker

Candice’s parents were working-class people who did not attend college, nor did they have a lot of money to send Candice and her sister to college. Her loan burden is now about $120,000.

Unemployment Quintupled My Student Loan Debt: One Pell Grantee’s Story

Candice’s parents were working-class people who did not attend college, nor did they have a lot of money to send Candice and her sister to college. Her loan burden is now about $120,000. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   June 02, 2017
Male and female college graduates in mortarboards

New Report: Women Hold Two-Thirds of Country’s $1.3-Trillion Student Debt

A new American Association of University Women (AAUW) report, Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, estimates that women hold almost two-thirds ($833 billion) of the country’s $1.3-trillion student debt while men hold $477 billion. The research shows that those with the scarcest resources bear the brunt of student debt in the United States. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   May 24, 2017
Ashley took out loans to finance her education but now, can’t afford much more than the minimum payment. The balancing act of paying off her student debt and affording living expenses has actually forced her to take on additional loans. It’s a frustrating cycle.

Harassment, Low Wages, and Debt: One Nonprofit Worker’s Story

Ashley thought she was being financially savvy by going to a local community college near her home in Illinois. Ashley is one of 12 kids, and her family wasn’t in a position to foot the bill for her education. She attended class full time while working full time, split between Starbucks and a doctor’s office. She eventually transferred to Columbia College, Chicago, and graduated with her associate degree in May 2008. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 24, 2017
Growing up, Curry Oglesby always knew she would go to college. Her brother was the first on her father’s side to finish college, and she was expected to do the same. “What wasn’t covered in those expectations was how I was supposed to pay for it.”

She Went to Her Dream School, but Student Debt Turned It into a Nightmare

Growing up, Curry Oglesby always knew she would go to college. Her brother was the first on her father’s side to finish college, and she was expected to do the same. “What wasn’t covered in those expectations was how I was supposed to pay for it.” Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 24, 2017
Fear of student loan debt made Valerie sacrifice her dreams

Fear of Student Debt Made Me Sacrifice My Dreams: One Cop’s Story

Valerie knew she wanted to go to college to achieve her academic dreams, but the threat of student loan debt was just too great. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 19, 2017
89% of campuses disclosed zero reported incidents of rape. What's wrong with this picture.

89 Percent of Colleges Reported Zero Incidents of Rape in 2015

Newly updated data required by the Clery Act indicate that the annual statistics collected by colleges and universities still do not tell the full story of sexual violence on campus. Read more »

Article   |   Campus   |   May 10, 2017
students on campus

Newly Released Campus Sexual Violence Data Don’t Tell Full Story

An American Association of University Women (AAUW) analysis of data recently released by the U.S. Department of Education shows that 89 percent of college campuses reported zero incidents of rape in 2015. Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   May 10, 2017

American Association of University Women Marks Equal Pay Day with Action

AAUW is recognizing Equal Pay Day by focusing on political, business, and personal actions that could be taken to close the pervasive gender pay gap that negatively impacts women, families, and the American economy. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   April 04, 2017
The Presidential Seal on the podium at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H., before the start of a town hall meeting on health care reform on Aug. 11, 2009.

Play Presidential BINGO! What Will President Trump say about Women and Families in His First Congressional Address?

Unlike past presidents, President Donald J. Trump has no policy track record we can use as a road map for how he will govern. This makes his upcoming first formal congressional address that much more important. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   February 02, 2017
Supreme Court building in Washington, DC by Mark Fischer on Flickr

Trump Announces Supreme Court Pick

AAUW has grave concerns about what the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the longstanding vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court will mean for women and their families. Read more »

Article   |   Community   |   January 31, 2017