Elizabeth Owens

Liz Owens is the political media coordinator in AAUW’s policy shop. She has a bachelor’s degree in newspaper journalism from Drake University and a master’s degree in public policy and women’s studies from George Washington University. She’s a feminist, an Iowan, and a serious gum-chewer. Also, she would like to tweet with you: @AAUWPolicy and @AAUWActionFund. Follow @ElizabethOwens on Twitter.
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AAUW Targets Members of Congress for Equal Pay Day Action

AAUW will mark Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 8, with a nationwide effort asking members of Congress to stand up for equality by co-sponsoring and passing the Paycheck Fairness Act. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   March 31, 2014
Five women who told their pay gap stories for the fight for fair pay series.

7 Women Shortchanged: Personal Stories of the Gender Pay Gap

The damage done by the thousands of dollars I lost to the gender pay gap sticks with me today, despite leaving that employer long ago. My retirement fund isn’t as […] Read more »

Salary Showdown Womens Bracket

Gap in Coaches’ Salaries Guides NCAA Tournament Picks

The 100-plus schools in the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments all pay coaches for men’s sports teams more — often much more — on average than coaches for women’s sports teams. How’s that for March madness? Read more »

Blog   |   Campus   |   3 Comments   |   March 18, 2014

Washington Update (February 14, 2014)

This Valentine’s Day, let’s change the conversation: The gender pay gap is real, and it hurts America’s women and their families. When women receive fair pay, we all do better – that’s what women really need. Read more »

  |     |   February 14, 2014
President Barack Obama signs copies of his speech after delivering the 2014 State of the Union.

3 Reasons President Obama Needs to Act Now on the Gender Pay Gap

An anti-retaliation executive order would protect federal employees who choose to talk about their salaries or ask about pay practices. It’s time for the president to act. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   February 11, 2014
Lilly Ledbetter is flanked by eight U.S. senators. The gavel represents a hammer, referencing Ledbetter’s saying that “Giving women my Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act without the Paycheck Fairness Act is like giving them a nail without the hammer.”

Lilly Ledbetter Hasn’t Given Up on Fair Pay — and Neither Should We

Lilly Ledbetter refuses to accept “that’s just the way it is” as a reaction to the gender pay gap. “I don’t back down anywhere,” she said recently. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   2 Comments   |   January 31, 2014

Washington Update (January 24, 2014)

Get out your calendar! Next week is going to be very busy here at AAUW, and we’d hate for you to miss anything. Read more »

  |     |   January 24, 2014

AAUW, Lilly Ledbetter Call for Action on Equal Pay on Ledbetter Law’s Fifth Anniversary

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) joins Lilly Ledbetter in urging the president and Congress to make progress on equal pay for equal work in 2014. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   January 23, 2014

Share Your Story of Unequal Pay

We appreciate readers’ willingness to share their stories to help us make the case for fair pay to elected officials and in the media. Read more »

  |   ,   |   January 13, 2014
AAUW Fellow Allison White with Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi Rallies Texas Women at AAUW Event

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) received a Texas-sized welcome Monday from AAUW members and friends in the Lone Star State. Pelosi spoke in Austin about a new economic agenda for women. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   2 Comments   |   August 28, 2013