Elizabeth Owens

Liz Owens is the political media manager 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. She also manages the @AAUWPolicy and @AAUWActionFund Twitter accounts.
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Pre-Election To-Do List for Women Voters

Ladies, are you ready to vote? Your role in an election is about much more than marking a ballot. You need to know your voting rights and learn about the midterm election before you vote. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   3 Comments   |   October 17, 2014
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AAUW Reacts to New Gender Wage Gap Figure

We are disappointed but not surprised to see that the gender wage gap narrowed only slightly in 2013, leaving a gap that still undermines women’s and families’ efforts to make ends meet. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   September 16, 2014
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These Two Laws Protect You from Sexual Assault on Campus. Know Them.

This year, schools face new requirements, and new resources are available for enforcing the laws that can help end campus sexual assault. But many students don’t know what the laws say and how they protect victims’ rights on campus — not just to safety but to accommodations after an assault. Read more »

Blog   |   Campus   |   1 Comments   |   June 20, 2014

Washington Update (June 13, 2014)

As a trained journalist, one of my favorite things about my work at AAUW is interviewing our members about their experiences. Recently I’ve talked to several moms about the discrimination […] Read more »

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Motherhood, Race Factor into Lesser Salary for Some Women

Race and ethnicity have always created a dividing line in the United States, and it’s no different with the gender pay gap. Read more »

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Same Job but Less Pay for a Mother

Melissa took a job in city government and found that the description was rewritten after her predecessor left. “They told me it was because I didn’t have planning credentials, but I have always wondered if they didn’t rewrite it so they could justify the lower wage.” Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   June 09, 2014
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Male Colleague’s Pay Given “Family” Boost over a Mother’s Pay

Eileen deHaro found out she was paid less than a male colleague — whom she had trained for the job — because he had a family. Yet so did she. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   2 Comments   |   June 05, 2014
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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
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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 »

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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   |   5 Comments   |   March 18, 2014