Katie Benson

Katie Benson is the AAUW research assistant. She 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. Her interests include researching issues related to human trafficking, cooking, and spending time with her cat, Tater.
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
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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   |   8 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 Ledbetter […] Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   February 18, 2013