Katie Benson

Katie Benson

Research Associate

Katie graduated from the University of Georgia with a master’s degree in social work, specializing in community empowerment and program development as well as earning a certificate in nonprofit management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Shepherd University in West Virginia, the state she is proud to call home.

Katie joined AAUW in October 2012 and has worked on Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success, Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, and most recently Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership. Her interests include researching issues related to human trafficking, cooking, exercise, and cats.


Work by Katie Benson

Photo via Military Health on Flickr

How Can We Close the Gender Leadership Gap?

Women make up more than half of college graduates and half the labor force, and have long careers in many fields — so there’s no lack of women to fill leadership positions. But we’re still not represented at the upper levels. Read more »

A young woman opening a glass door where you can see in her reflection that she is smiling. The words Women in Community College: Access to Success on the door.

See Your State’s Report Card on Community Colleges

While the Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success report offers data at the national level of how community colleges are working well — and where they’re falling short — the numbers at the state level tell their own stories. Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   August 21, 2014
The cast of "Community" sit in a classroom setting.

What “Community” Has to Say about Community College

Earlier this month, I settled in to watch the fourth-season finale of the NBC sitcom Community. At the episode’s airing the threat of cancellation was looming, and I wondered if […] Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   May 29, 2013
a Starbucks coffee cup

What Does It Mean to Lose 6 Percent of Your Paycheck?

One year after college graduation, women are already paid less than the men with whom they graduated. Some of this difference is explained by factors known to affect earnings, such […] Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   2 Comments   |   May 20, 2013
Chart showing women's weekly earnings by race and education

What Does Race Have to Do with a Woman’s Salary? A Lot.

Race/ethnicity has always created a dividing line in the United States, and it’s no different with the pay gap. Each year, AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap […] Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   10 Comments   |   April 26, 2013
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The Importance of Race When Discussing the Wage Gap

Each year, AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap addresses this question, and, of course, the answer is that the pay gap affects all women; but it doesn’t […] Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   April 09, 2013

The Simple Truth about The Simple Truth

  For a century, AAUW has advocated for legislation and policies that encourage and enforce fair pay in the workplace, such as the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Lilly […] Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   February 18, 2013